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Johnnie Walker Blenders Batch Espresso Roast & Rum Cask Finish


28th September 2017
Johnnie Walker unveils two more additions to its innovative Blenders Batch Series, Espresso Roast and Rum Cask Finish.

Johnnie Walker Blenders Batch Espresso Roast & Johnnie Walker Blenders Batch Rum Cask FinishJohnnie Walker Blenders Batch Espresso Roast and Johnnie Walker Blenders Batch Rum Cask Finish are the two latest additions to the Blenders Batch range, a series of innovative and experimental whiskies from the worlds best selling blended Scotch whisky which aims to push the boundaries on what whiskies could taste like.

These two latest Blenders Batch limited edition whiskies have been developed and refined over the last ten years in collaboration between Johnnie Walker Master Blender, Jim Beveridge and his expert team of blenders, alongside global bartenders and whisky influencers.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Espresso Roast which is bottled at 43.2% ABV is described as an intense whisky with notes of rich coffee and dark chocolate. Fashioned using heavily roasted barley, the blend is infused with roasted malt and spicy wood hints. Headed up by Aimée Gibson, one of the new generation of Johnnie Walker blenders, Espresso Roast was inspired by her mission to make Scotch the spirit of choice amongst more consumers. The blend is steered by leading flavour and coffee expert, James Hoffman, supported by industry figures including Ali Reynolds, and backed with practiced guidance from Ryan Chetiyawardana.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Rum Cask Finish which is bottled at 40.8% ABV signifies ten years of experiments carefully conditioning Scotch in casks that previously held rum. Inspired by whiskies originating from distilleries in Speyside and the Lowlands of Scotland, the astutely crafted Scotch hints at the flavour of Caribbean rum, with a distinctly smooth texture. Chris Clark, Johnnie Walker expert blender, was responsible for rum quality at Diageo for 16 years and contributed his extensive knowledge and curiosity for merging rum and Scotch to developing Rum Cask Finish.

Ali Reynolds, Johnnie Walker Brand Ambassador at Diageo Reserve commented on the latest limited edition Blenders Batch whiskies saying: "Blenders’ Batch paves the way for crafting truly exceptional cocktails and unlocks a wealth of opportunity for both the bartender and consumers. Blenders’ Batch is all about perfecting flavours by getting the balance right. Both new variants have been crafted by leading taste influencers who’ve shared years of expertise to now offer discerning whisky drinkers and those new to the spirit the chance to discover and explore whisky at its best."

The Johnnie Walker Blenders Batch Rum Cask Finish and the Espresso Roast are presented in 50cl bottles and have a RRSP of £30, both whiskies will be available from October throughout the UK in bars and from specialist Whisky retailers such as Master of Malt while stocks last.
 

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