The John Walker Masters’ Edition 50 Years In The Making

October sees the release of The John Walker Masters’ Edition, a “triple-matured” Scotch whisky that has been crafted from six ‘ghost’ whiskies, each aged for a minimum of 50 years.

All the whiskies in the The John Walker Masters’ Edition were taken from distilleries that existed during John Walker’s lifetime (1805-1857). Five of the six now lie silent. Only 100 bottles exist, and are presented in a bespoke, individually numbered, double-cased black crystal Baccarat decanter and comes housed in a cabinet made by N.E.J. Stevenson, Cabinet Makers by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.

The whiskies inside?

The John Walker Masters’ Edition features single malt whiskies drawn from the now closed Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal distilleries – and the much-celebrated Blair Athol distillery, standing at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Three grain whiskies used were drawn from the ghost distilleries of Caledonian, Cambus and Port Dundas.
Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge said: “Each drop of this whisky has been hand-selected from some of the most valuable and precious casks of malt and grain whiskies to be found in our reserves.

Master Blender Jim Beverage

“About 20 years ago, Johnnie Walker blenders recognised that these individual whiskies were very special and the decision was made to put them aside for special use, allowing each of them to continue to mature in their casks, knowing that, in time, something even more remarkable would emerge. Our goal was to pay tribute to the whisky masters who worked with these whiskies such a long time ago and, with the creation of The Masters’ Edition, I believe we’ve done that.”

The details: 

The John Walker Masters’ Edition has a natural cask strength ABV of 43.3% and an RRP of  approximately $33,000. It is available for pre-order, for more information reach out to or visit

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