Johnnie Walker announced Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Pittyvaich – the fourth release in the limited edition Ghost and Rare series. It explores the distinct character of very rare whiskies from one of Scotland’s most short-lived distilleries, the Speyside “ghost” distillery of Pittyvaich. It follows the release of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal (2019), Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen (2018) and Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Brora (2017).
The Johnnie Walker Ghost and Rare series of special editions is crafted using irreplaceable “ghost” whiskies and other incredibly rare expressions from the Johnnie Walker reserves used to create the Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge and his team hand-selected two other “ghost” whiskies from the distilleries of Port Dundas and Carsebridge. He combined these with exceptionally rare Scotch from a quartet of Speyside distilleries including Mannochmore, Auchroisk, Cragganmore and Strathmill as well as the Highland whisky of Royal Lochnagar – creating something exceptional.
Opened in 1974, Pittyvaich distillery shut its doors in 1993. After only 18 years of life it is considered as a hidden gem famous for its unique Speyside style.
When tasted, sweet, fruit notes of fresh apple gather with the autumnal flavors of Pittyvaich, beautifully balanced with the delicate subtle sweetness of the honeycomb and softwood from the “ghost” whiskies of Port Dundas and Carsebridge. Other very rare whiskies deliver aromas of dark fruit and berries before revealing gentle butterscotch, stewing orchard fruits and a dash of cinnamon.
Available from November 1st, Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Pittyvaich is bottled at an ABV of 43.8% and is priced at $350 for a 70cl bottle. Each bottle in this special release is individually numbered.