Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish

Johnnie Walker has launched the first release from the limited edition experimental Blenders’ Batch series, Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish

Led by master blender Dr Jim Beveridge, the blending team set about studying flavour experiments, focussing on developing and understanding alternative flavours including wine, coffee and chocolate.

Inspired by Dr Beveridge’s time blending bourbons and ryes in Kentucky in the 1990s, Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish is the result of experiments into the influence of bourbon and rye whiskey flavours on Scotch. The blend was created from a small number of malt and grain whiskies drawn from first fill ex-bourbon casks, including whisky from the now closed Port Dundas distillery and Cardhu distillery. The blend is finished in ex-rye casks for up to six months, which gives the whisky a balance of intense sweetness, layered fresh fruit and spice.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish Tasting Notes

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish

  • Country of Origin: Scotland
  • ABV: 40%
  • Age: NAS
  • Colour: bright amber
  • Nose: rye character with cereal notes, spice and bourbon sweetness
  • Palate: smooth with initial spice notes upfront leading to a creaminess and fruit character mid palate with soft oak
  • Finish: a medium finish that balances fruit, spice and sweetness

Comments: With its smooth and creamy mouthfeel and balance of fruit and spice, this is a whisky that makes for easy sipping as well as being suited to a diverse range of cocktails (see below).

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish

To launch the release of the new blend, Johnnie Walker hosted an evening of cocktails and tasting plates at Bouche on Bridge in Sydney. Four cocktails were served which showed the versatility of the spirit from light and fruity drinks to riffs on classics.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish

Rye-talian:  Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish, Cascara Campari, Blood Orange, Potato Maple

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish

Rye and Dry – Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish, Capi Ginger Ale, Basil

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish

New Yorker – Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish, lemon, grenadine

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish

Red Rye Manhattan – Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish, Dolin Rouge, Bitters

To mark the release, several key bars around Australia have created a bespoke Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish cocktail:

  • Johnnie Appleseed by Nick Selvadurai, the Ugly Duckling, Melbourne
  • Red Rye-Tai by Jono Carr, Kittyhawk, Sydney
  • Rye & Riberry by Stuart Morrow, The Baxter Inn, Sydney
  • Vicious Circle by Piotr Kuzmicki, Lui Bar, Melbourne
  • Red Rye Cobbler by Elliot Pasco, Cobbler Bar, Brisbane
  • The Rye-Sing Sun by Thiago Silva, The Black Pearl, Melbourne

The Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish is available in the Australian on-trade and off trade specialist stores from early October at RRP $60 for a 700ml bottle. The release of other whiskies in the series will be announced in the coming months.

Photography © by Kevin Burke for Gourmantic – Copyright: All rights reserved.

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Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish was last modified: October 7th, 2016 by Corinne Mossati

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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.

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