At a cosy party hosted at The Vault KL earlier this month, we were treated to a first taste of the Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch — an entirely new, limited edition range of experimental whiskies. The brand continuously works to discover new flavours that challenge convention, while showcasing its Master Blender Jim Beveridge’s skills.

For the Blenders’ Batch, Beveridge drew inspiration from his experience of blending bourbon and rye in Kentucky in the ’90s. It was these experiments that led to the creation of this first Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch series. The first release in the Blenders’ Batch range is the Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Bourbon Cask and Rye Finish. As the name suggests, the new blend is a bold flavour combination from over 200 whisky samples. The liquid was aged in first-fill bourbon casks, then stored in former rye casks for up to six months.

The whiskies featured in this blend were taken from only five distilleries, which include Dufftown and the now-closed Port Dundas. The result is a beautiful fusion of intensely sweet flavours from bourbon and rye whiskies, brought together with the depth of a carefully crafted Scotch whisky.

The Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Bourbon Cask and Rye Finish is rich and warming, with an intense honeyed sweetness. Being a limited edition, each bottle is individually numbered and prices start from RM280 per bottle in Malaysia. Once you get your hands on a bottle, check out these 3 ways for you to enjoy your new fantastic blend.

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Evenfall

Citrusy sweet and slightly spicy, stir up your own version of Evenfall with Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Bourbon Cask and Rye Finish, rosso vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, cinnamon syrup and yuzu juice.

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Butter-fly

Love yourself some buttery goodness? Stir up plenty of Butter-fly cocktails with Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Bourbon Cask and Rye Finish, salted butter vanilla syrup and lemon juice. Make sure there’s enough to go around.

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On its own

The Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Bourbon Cask and Rye Finish has a truly unique flavour from all the 200 whiskies used in its conception. Enjoy it neat, before adding a dash of water to explore its other notes. You can also serve with some ice for a nice, refreshing thirst-quencher.