The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare series riffs on the prized Johnnie Walker Blue Label with rare whiskies from distilleries that have ceased operations | Source: Nick Hensley

Johnnie Walker Releases New Blue Label Made From Incredibly Rare Ghost Whiskies

It may only have thrived for a short period, but the whisky laid down by this distillery is something unmistakable.

Jim Beveridge, Johnnie Walker Master Blender, announces the release of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Pittyvaich made using irreplaceable ‘ghost’ whiskies from the Pittyvaich Distillery in Scotland.

In only 18 years of life, from 1974 to 1993, the distillery left behind a legacy for crafting a unique Speyside style whiskey. Among the youngest Scottish distilleries, while operational, its limited selection of former whiskies are now a rarified species in the whiskey world.

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It combines the ‘ghost’ whiskies with other incredibly rare expressions from the unparalleled Johnnie Walker reserves. Master Blender Jim Beveridge and his team created the blend from two hand-picked ‘ghost’ whiskies from the distilleries of Port Dundas and Carsebridge combing them with a quartet of Speyside distilleries.

The result is a sweet, fruity whiskey with notes of fresh apple. It’s balanced out with the delicate sweetness of honeycomb and softwood that are signature to the ‘ghost’ whiskies of Port Dundas and Carsebridge. Johnnies Walker other very rare whiskies in the blend provide aromas of dark fruit and berries as well as gentle butterscotch, stewing orchard fruits, and a dash of cinnamon.

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The fourth release in the Johnnie Walker Ghost and Rare series of special editions are available now in Australia from selected independent bottle shops and whisky specialists. It follows previous Johnnie Walker release – Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal in 2019, Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen in 2018 and Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Brora in 2017.

This new release also marks the last for Master Blender Jim Beveridge who’s been with Johnnie Walker’s parent company Diageo for over four decades. During his tenure, he’s been responsible for some of the whiskey brands’ most acclaimed blends including the Blue Label itself. Beveridge hands over the reins to successor Emma walker, who becomes the whiskey company’s first female Master Blender, in January 2022 but will remain with the company until the end of the year.

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