Johnnie Walker’s Salute To A Master

The ultra-rare series celebrates the fine art of whisky-making (and drinking).

By Terry Christodoulou 17/03/2022

Johnnie Walker’s latest heady whisky, boldly labelled the Masters of Flavour, is a rare and acutely focused bottle that represents the best of the famed brand.

And while it takes some gall to call yourself a ‘Master’, the third and final whisky in the ‘Masters’ series has used the finest maturing whiskies in the Johnnie Walker reserves with all Scotch used in the blend aged for at least 48 years.

With such scarcity of whiskies that old, Johnnie Walker was only able to make 288 bottles of the release, with only 15 making it to Australia.

“It is fascinating to craft a Scotch that pays tribute to each of the four main steps in whisky making – malting, distilling, cask maturation and blending – to shine a light on how each craft contributes something very special to the extraordinary flavours that Scotch has to offer, from grain to glass,” says Johnnie Walker master blender Jim Beveridge.

For Johnnie Walker Masters of Flavour, Jim worked closely with his team of expert whisky makers, to hand select fleetingly rare expressions from the iconic “ghost” distilleries of Glyn Albyn, Port Dundas, Brora and Glenury Royal, balancing them perfectly together with the iconic distilleries of Cameronbridge, Blair Athol and Dalwhinnie.

It’s the third and final release in the series that features the Johnnie Walker Master’s Ruby Reserve and the John walker Masters’ Edition – a whisky crafted using Scotch aged for a minimum of 50 years. All three are presented in a Baccarat crystal decanter within a bespoke oak cabinet.

We’re told the tipple has a soft and gentle smoke, that gives way to rich dried fruits, notes of molasses and again the return of rich fruit flavours. It’s here, spice enters the frame with Cinnamon-infused apple notes combined with star anise, crushed peppercorn and warming oak notes.

Johnnie Walker Masters Of Flavour has an RRP of $35,500 in Australia.

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