Johnnie Walker has announced the third in a series of special editions – Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal – which is crafted using irreplaceable “ghost” whiskies and other incredibly rare whiskies from the unparalleled reserves used to create the award-winning Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
At the heart of this limited-edition whisky lies the Highland single malt, Glenury Royal – a ghost distillery that shut its doors in 1985 after a long and colorful history. Founded in 1825 by Captain Robert Barclay, who was a member of the British Parliament, the distillery was destroyed in a fire, only to rise once again and flourish under Barclay’s leadership to become one of only three Scottish distilleries to have a Royal title.
Johnnie Walker Master Blender, Dr. Jim Beveridge, has long been passionate about exploring the unique flavors found in these exceptionally rare whiskies:
Jim crafted Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal by blending the highly sought-after “ghost” whiskies from Cambus and Pittyvaich, with five incredibly rare malts from Glen Elgin, Inchgower, Glenlossie, Cameronbridge and Glenkinchie.
The result is a whisky with smooth, nutty layers of dark chocolate, waves of vanilla, heather honey and dried fruits and underlying notes of creamy toffee and butterscotch – all perfectly balanced by the rich, fruity, sweet apple and delicate apricot character of Glenury Royal.