Johnnie Walker has launched Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal, the third in its series of special releases crafted using irreplaceable ‘ghost’ whiskies from a small number of iconic distilleries that closed years ago.
At the heart of this whisky lies the Highland single malt Glenury Royal, from the distillery of the same name that shut its doors in 1985. Its colourful history is as exceptional as its uniquely rich and fruity whiskies. Founded in 1825 by Captain Robert Barclay – a Member of the British Parliament and the first man to walk one thousand miles in one thousand hours – the distillery was destroyed by a devastating fire only to rise again. Under Barclay’s leadership, it flourished to become one of only three Scottish distilleries to enjoy a royal title. Today, the rare spirit of Captain Barclay lives on in the dwindling stocks of this ‘ghost’ whisky.
“Shining a light on this hidden treasure of the whisky world is something we’ve wanted to do for some time. This indulgent new limited edition provides us with a wonderful opportunity to explore the remarkable layers of rich fruit found in every drop of Johnnie Walker Blue Label,” said Jim Beveridge, Johnnie Walker Master Blender, who has long been passionate about exploring the unique flavours found in these exceptionally rare whiskies from the Johnnie Walker Blue Label reserves.
Beveridge added: “We have waited patiently for that moment when we turn our thoughts to this exceptionally rare whisky, carefully watching over our maturing casks until the time was right to explore its uniquely indulgent character.”
Beveridge and his team also hand-selected two exceptionally rare whiskies from the ‘ghost’ distilleries of Cambus and Pittyvaich, perfectly balancing their creamy toffee and butterscotch notes with the sumptuous orchard fruits, sweet apple and delicate apricot character of Glenury Royal. Five other rare whiskies from Glen Elgin, Inchgower, Glenlossie, Cameronbridge and Glenkinchie bring waves of vanilla, heather honey and dried fruits that weave through smooth dark chocolate and nutty layers to create an exploration of this irreplaceable ‘ghost’ whisky – making this limited edition the indulgent yet from Johnnie Walker.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal is bottled at an ABV of 43.8% and is available for purchase online here. Each bottle in this special release is individually numbered.