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Johnnie Walker Blade Runner 2049 The Director’s Cut

19th September 2017
Johnnie Walker releases limited edition Blade Runner 2049 whisky.

Johnnie Walker Blade Runner 2049 The Director’s CutEver wondered what Johnnie Walker Black Label will look and taste like in the future, now you can know. Thirty-five years on since the iconic Scotch blend appeared in the cult sci-fi classic Blade Runner movie, the whisky is making a return to the big screen in its highly-anticipated sequel Blade Runner 2049.

To mark the release of the cult movie, the iconic Scotch blend has announced the release of Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director's Cut which Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge has developed in collaboration with visionary Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve.

Presented in a futuristic but still iconic square shaped Johnnie Walker bottle chosen by director Denis Villeneuve, the futuristic Johnnie Walker The Director’s Cut whisky which was especially created by Jim Beveridge is said to have the Johnnie Walker trademark smokiness and contemporary twist, with sweet fruity vanilla flavours and is bottled at a 49% ABV both for added intensity and as a nod to the futuristic period in which the film is set.

Beveridge commented on the futuristic dram, saying, "What we have created in Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut is something really special that fans will be able to relate to and whisky drinkers will love. I was truly inspired by Villeneuve’s artistic vision for Blade Runner 2049 and how it could come to life in this new blend. I learned that filmmaking is much like blending--you have to constantly be committed to creating the best possible outcome. Johnnie Walker blending tradition dates back to 1820 and I’m honoured to carry on the legacy and collective memory of our other past blenders to ensure that the same whisky enjoyed today can be enjoyed responsibly in 2049."

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut is a limited release of 39,000 bottles worldwide which will be available to Blade Runner and whisky fans from the 25th September in the US, Asia, Lebanon, Brazil and Western Europe out of which 2,000 bottles will be available here in the UK from Amazon where it is currently available to pre-order for £99.99 and free delivery.

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