Gastrology attended the Australian VIP launch of JOHN WALKER & SONS Private Collection 2015 Edition at Lake Eyre Penthouse, The Olsen last night.
Hosted by UK’s talented whisky aficionado Dave Broom, we enjoyed an exclusive dinner by Spoonbill Restaurant and were one of the first people in Australia to taste this limited release.
This blend of rare fruit character by Master Blender Jim Beveridge is the second annual release in a series, which showcases the innovative spirit and craft of the blenders behind the world’s leading Scotch Whisky house.
The JOHN WALKER & SONS Private Collection launched with the 2014 Edition (which we also had the opportunity to indulge in), an exploration of the JOHN & WALKER & SONS signature smoky character from three celebrated regions of Scotland.
The 2015 Edition is a limited release – only 8,888 individually numbered decanters worldwide, and from that only 252 bottles hitting Australian shores – that reveals the fruit top notes of the JOHN WALKER & SONS house style.
Jim has selected several treasured casks from a study started many years ago into the fascinating effects of wood on maturing whisky, which have created a richness and perfect harmony of flavours over time. These unique whiskies have been chosen to both complement and contribute to the fruit character, and balance the blend with a touch of dryness and sweetness.
The JOHN WALKER & SONS Private Collection 2015 Edition (46.8% Alcohol By Volume) is presented in a deep red glass decanter with an angled cut to reflect the slanted label on the iconic JOHNNIE WALKER square bottle, and is set in a cream box with the story of the Rare Fruit Character of this blend.
JOHN WALKER & SONS Private Collection is exclusively available from Dan Murphy’s Australia (www.danmurphys.com.au) nationwide, RRP $888.00.