The John Walker Masters’ Edition: Half a century in the making, 100 bottles in existence

Once-in-a-generation opportunity for collectors. Johnnie Walker releases its first 50 Year Old Scotch Whisky in the history of the house. The John Walker Masters’ Edition, triple-matured Scotch whisky, has a natural cask strength ABV of 43.3% and an RRP of $25,000 (US). It is available in limited, selected markets and one bottle will be auctioned at Bonhams, Hong Kong in 2019.

The John Walker Masters' Edition

The John Walker Masters’ Edition; photo: diageo ;

Fifty year old whiskies are very rare. In 1968, the whiskies began their journey towards The John Walker Masters’ Edition. This triple-matured Scotch whisky has been crafted from six exceptionally rare whiskies , each aged for a minimum of 50 years. The whiskies in the The John Walker Masters’ Edition have been drawn from ancient distilleries that existed during the lifetime of founder John Walker (1805-1857).

Conceived as one of the most precious addition to any cellar collection of luxurious drinks, the prestige blend was created to celebrate great achievements. For everyday moments of celebration like the ones offered by virgin casino promo code a beautifully balanced whisky cocktail will do magic. Refreshing and easy-going, the Johnnie Walker Highball is the perfect recipe for a relaxed get-together. This is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Meet the John Walker Masters’ Edition - Johnnie Walker’s first ever 50-year-old release

Meet the John Walker Masters’ Edition – Johnnie Walker’s first ever 50-year-old release; photo: diageo ;

“Each drop of this whisky has been hand-selected from some of the most valuable and precious casks of malt and grain whiskies to be found in our reserves,” said Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge.


The John Walker Masters’ Edition features single malt whiskies drawn from some of the oldest available stocks from the Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal distilleries – which are now closed – and the much-celebrated Blair Athol distillery, which stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. The three grain whiskies used in its crafting are drawn from the ghost distilleries of Caledonian, Cambus and Port Dundas.

“Whiskies of this age have incredible character but it takes great skill to reveal their flavour and then balance them so people can appreciate the end result,” explained Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director John Williams. “That’s where our Master Blender Jim Beveridge – one of only six in the history of Johnnie Walker – and his small team of exceptional whisky-makers come into their own as masters of their craft.”

Only 100 bottles of The John Walker Masters’ Edition have been created. This exclusive Scotch whisky is presented in a bespoke, individually numbered, rare double-cased black crystal Baccarat decanter and comes housed in a cabinet made by N.E.J. Stevenson, Cabinet Makers by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.

“About 20 years ago, Johnnie Walker blenders recognised that these individual whiskies were very special and the decision was made to put them aside for special use, allowing each of them to continue to mature in their casks, knowing that, in time, something even more remarkable would emerge. Our goal was to pay tribute to the whisky masters who worked with these whiskies such a long time ago and, with the creation of The Masters’ Edition, I believe we’ve done that,” added Jim Beveridge.

Finished in small batches in a bespoke marrying cask made of 100 year oak staves, its layers of flavour are revealed slowly on the palate, where luscious blackcurrants and citrus give way to rich, creamy dark chocolate and a long, gentle and warming finish with cooling menthol and a subtle smokiness.

The John Walker Masters' Edition-

The John Walker Masters’ Edition; photo: diageo ;