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Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series


3rd July 2019
Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series is a travel retail limited edition collection of 4 new Johnnie Walker 12 Year Old Black label expressions each of which representing one of the 4 main whisky regions of Scotland.

Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series

Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series is a travel retail limited edition collection of 4 new Johnnie Walker 12 Year Old Black label expressions, 3 blended malt whiskies and 1 blended whisky.

Each Scotch whisky in the four bottle collection has been crafted using whiskies from a one of the four main Scotch whisky region of Scotland with each said to have captured the primary flavour characteristics that particular region is known for. The Origin Series should give whisky fans the opportunity to discover and explore the wide array of flavours Scotland offers: the fruity flavours of Speyside, the rich characteristics of the Highlands, the sweet notes of the Lowland region and the smoky finish of Islay whiskies.

Three of the whiskies, Speyside Origin, Highland Origin and Islay Origin are blended exclusively from single malts, and a further edition, Lowland Origin is a blend of single malt and grain whiskies to best represent the Lowlands region's flavour profile.

The whiskies in the series are:

  • Johnnie Walker Black Label Speyside Origin which is described as a light and fruity whisky with hints of cut green apples and orchard fruit. It is made exclusively from quality single malts from the Speyside region of Scotland, with whisky from the distilleries of Cardhu and Glendullan at its heart
     
  • Johnnie Walker Black Label Highlands Origin said to have a rich and dark fruitiness, with red berry and stone fruit notes. It is crafted exclusively from single malts from the Highlands, with whisky from Clynelish and Teaninich at its core
     
  • Johnnie Walker Black Label Islay Origin has a slight spice and is for people want to explore whiskies with a warming maritime smokiness. It is made exclusively from exceptional Islay single malts, including Lagavulin and Caol Ila
     
  • Johnnie Walker Black Label Lowlands Origin has a sweet, creamy vanilla character and notes of toffee. It is made exclusively from a variety of single malt and grain whiskies from the Lowlands including Glenkinchie and Cameronbridge

The series packaging doubles as a accompanying guide to the whisky, and the region it comes from. Every limited-edition pack is adorned with a map of Scotland. The region that the whisky within originates from (Speyside, Highlands, Islay, or Lowlands) is highlighted, along with interesting facts and trivia relating to that part of the country.

The Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series is aimed at helping people to discover and explore the distinct flavours profiles of the four corners of Scotland but I am sure it will be as equally interesting to seasoned whisky drinkers and it wont make much of a dent in your pocket as it has been priced to be drunk and enjoyed at 35 a bottle.

The Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series, all of which has been bottled at 42% ABV will be available globally from July in selected Travel Retail stores with an RRP of 35 / $46 USD / 40 EUR / $63 AUD / JPY 5000 which isn't too bad considering it is presented in a 1 litre bottle, certainly worth looking out for on your travels when passing through the airport.

If you have no plans to travel in the near future you will find the current Johnnie Walker domestic range available from specialist whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

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