John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2017 Edition, Mastery of Oak, is the fourth limited edition in the series. It places the spotlight on the John Walker & Sons innovation, craft and passion of its blenders through small batch, one-off blends that are both rare and exquisite. The release is limited 5,588 individually numbered decanters globally, with the 2017 Edition celebrating the full richness of cask character.
In a wonderful display of skilfulness, Master Blender Dr. Jim Beveridge, in collaboration with fellow blender Aimée Gibson, chose casks of malt and grain whiskies to create three vattings from which to create the final blend.
Jim Beveridge stated: “Every whisky starts out full of the promise of its distillery character. Oak casks offer us an astonishing number of ways to differentiate these styles further as they mature, broadening our palette of flavours for blending.”
The 2017 Edition (46.8% ABV) is best served neat, or with a few drops of ice water to elevate the fresh fruit notes of the original Speyside and Highland distillery characters.
The John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2017 Edition Mastery of Oak comes bottled in a glass decanter embellished with rings of oak and an angled cut to resemble the iconic Johnnie Walker slanted label. This is topped off by the story of the blend in a box of swirling oak.