Johnnie Walker Select Casks Series Rye Cask Finish Review

Johnnie Walker has introduced a limited edition Johnnie Walker Select Casks. Each edition in the series will feature a different cask finish scheduled to be released over the next couple of years.

Johnnie Walker Select Casks Series Rye Cask Finish
Johnnie Walker Select Casks Series Rye Cask Finish

The first in the Johnnie Walker Select Casks series is the Rye Cask Finish created by Johnnie Walker Master Blender, Jim Beveridge. The whisky has been matured in first-fill ex-bourbon American oak casks for 10 years before being transferred to ex-American rye whiskey casks for six months.

The whisky is bottled at 46% ABV, a higher proof than others in the Johnnie Walker portfolio in order to deliver on flavour and character in classic cocktails. The Select Cask series is chill-filtered, “in order to maintain Johnnie Walker’s classic texture and mouth-feel.”

Johnnie Walker Select Casks Series Rye Cask Finish Tasting Notes

  • Country of Origin: Scotland
  • ABV: 46%
  • Age: 10 years old
  • Colour: deep gold
  • Nose: soft on the nose with sweet aromas of vanilla, warm woody spices, orchard fruit and orange zest leading to cereal notes
  • Palate: smooth with a layered palate that starts with rye whiskey influence leading to vanilla and spices with pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg, candied orange,
  • Finish: very long, semi-sweet and spicy, lingers with sweetness with the rye influence carrying to the end

Johnnie Walker Select Cask Rye Cask Finish is rather removed from the usual Johnnie Walker DNA. The whisky is sweet and spicy at the same time with the rye influence omnipresent from the first nosing to the long and lingering finish. The higher ABV certainly amplifies the flavours but the whisky retains its smoothness and spice character throughout.

Johnnie Walker Select Cask Rye Cask Finish makes a fine delicious sipping dram and stands up very well neat or on the rocks if you’re so inclined. The rye cask finish adds an element of spice and sweetness unlike any other Johnnie Walker in the range. With the higher ABV, the whisky also lends itself well to classic whisky cocktails such as an Old Fashioned, a Manhattan or in cocktails that use rye whiskey.

To sum it up for this dram, you don’t ask for Johnnie Walker but for Jay Dubya.

Johnnie Walker Select Cask Rye Cask Finish is now available nationally and has a recommended retail price of $70 (700ml).

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.