If you like your whisky blended with a storied pedigree and packaged in an arrestingly handsome bottle, this one’s for you.
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal: a lavish name for an equally distinguished blend.
The Blue Label line has always been synonymous with exceptional standards, so it’s fitting that Johnnie Walker’s exploration of ghost and rare whiskies (hence the limited edition’s name) stands under its aegis. Glenury Royal is the third Blue Label Ghost and Rare, following in the footsteps of Port Ellen in 2018 and Brora in 2017.
Like its predecessors, the Glenury Royal explores a rich legacy of flavors, anchored on the eponymous ghost whisky. Where the Port Ellen had a distinctive maritime smokiness, the Glenury Royal has a rich, fruity, sweet apple and delicate apricot character. That character is blended with “ghost” whiskies from Cambus and Pittyvaich in this year’s release, along with five rare malts from Glen Elgin, Inchgower, Glenlossie, Cameronbridge, and Glenkinchie.
“Shining a light on this hidden treasure of the whisky world is something we’ve wanted to do for some time,” says Jim Beveridge, Johnnie Walker’s esteemed Master Blender. “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.”
The brand describes this limited edition as having “smooth, nutty layers of dark chocolate, waves of vanilla, heather honey and dried fruits, and underlying notes of creamy toffee and butterscotch” balanced with Glenury Royal’s character.
And if all that isn’t enough to convince the connoisseur in you, the Glenury Royal’s presentation is its own work of art. Whatever you may think of the whisky’s provenance and taste, the bottle it comes in has the appropriate prestige and appeal for a Blue Label. Perhaps even more.
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal will see global release this October 2019.
Dante is the features editor of Mantle Magazine and a communications consultant with Puzzled Owl. He also produces a quirky little pub quiz called GeekFight Trivia Night.