John­nie Walker Blue La­bel Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal is a whisky with amaz­ing depth of char­ac­ter

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THERE’S NO NEED TO BE SNIFFY about blended whisky, as if some­how pu­rity of spirit is com­pro­mised by mar­ry­ing whiskies from dif­fer­ent dis­til­leries. In fact, the more saga­cious whisky drinker knows there is noth­ing wrong with a good blended whisky – and at their best, blended whiskies ri­val or even sur­pass the best sin­gle malts.

Such a whisky is John­nie Walker’s new limited-edi­tion Blue La­bel Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal, the third in the whisky maker’s se­ries of ex­pres­sions draw­ing on bar­rels from dis­til­leries long gone: “ghost” dis­til­leries (the oth­ers are

Brora in 2017 and Port Ellen in 2018). Glenury Royal is the main “ghost” in this su­perbly com­posed spirit, the ap­ple and apri­cot char­ac­ter of the High­land whisky bal­anced by creamy tof­fee and but­ter­scotch from two other “ghosts”, Low­land grain whisky Cam­bus, and Pit­ty­vaich, a Spey­side. Five ex­tant dis­til­leries con­trib­ute to the fin­ish with notes of heather honey, vanilla, dark cho­co­late and nut­ti­ness: Glen El­gin, Inch­gower, Glen­lossie, Glenk­inchie and Cameron­bridge. The out­come is a whisky that John­nie Walker Mas­ter Blender Jim Bev­eridge be­lieves to be “a hid­den trea­sure of the Scotch world”.

“We’ve waited pa­tiently for that mo­ment when we turn our thoughts to this ex­cep­tion­ally rare whisky,” con­tin­ues Bev­eridge, “care­fully watch­ing over our ma­tur­ing casks un­til the time was right to ex­plore its in­dul­gent char­ac­ter.”

It’s no sur­prise John­nie Walker can draw on such an ar­ray of whiskies. As the world’s big­gest whisky brand, it has ac­cess to an un­par­al­leled 10 mil­lion ma­tur­ing casks of Scotch, of which only one in 10,000 has the char­ac­ter and rich­ness to qual­ify for in­clu­sion in Blue La­bel.

Glenury Royal, with its colour­ful and dra­matic his­tory, is just such a whisky. Bri­tish MP

Robert Bar­clay – the first man to walk 1,000 miles in 1,000 hours – founded the dis­tillery in 1825, only to see it go up in flames a few weeks later. But Bar­clay per­se­vered, and in 1835 the whisky added “Royal” to its name, one of only three Scot­tish dis­til­leries to en­joy a royal ti­tle.

The brand ceased pro­duc­tion in 1985, a vic­tim of the Bri­tish de­pres­sion.

But its sub­lime spirit lives on – in ev­ery drop and at the core of ev­ery bot­tle of John­nie Walker Blue La­bel Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal.

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