September 2 2020  |  Spirits & Tobacco

Diageo releases two ultra-rare scotch whiskies into GTR

By Laura Shirk

This October, Johnnie Walker Master’s Ruby Reserve 40-YO and Port Ellen 40-YO will launch in specialist whisky retailers in select airports across the globe

Diageo has announced that two exceptional limited-edition whisky releases from Johnnie Walker and ghost distillery Port Ellen will launch in global travel retail. A limited number of bottles of the recently launched Johnnie Walker Master’s Ruby Reserve 40-Year-Old and Port Ellen 40-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky will be made available in select airports across the globe from October 2020.

Earlier this year, Johnnie Walker unveiled its Master’s Ruby Reserve to celebrate Master Blender Dr. Jim Beveridge’s 40thanniversary at Diageo. Crafted from some of the finest scotch in the Johnnie Walker reserves, Jim personally selected eight rare whiskies that evoked his earliest whisky-making memories to create a unique scotch that offers a window into his distinguished career.

Dr. Beveridge, working closely with his team of whisky makers, chose whiskies from ghost distilleries of Cambus, Carsebridge, Pittyvaich and Port Ellen, all perfectly balanced with highly aged expressions from Talisker, Royal Lochnagar, Glendullan and Cragganmore. All the whiskies used to create Johnnie Walker Master’s Ruby Reserve are at least forty years old and with only 398 bottles available worldwide this is a limited run of a truly special scotch.

Port Ellen also revealed an incredibly rare whisky in May, Port Ellen 40-Year-Old: 9 Rogue Casks. This is one of the oldest and rarest releases ever to be made available direct from the distillery, and the second release in the highly collectable Port Ellen Untold Stories Series that explores the story of the distillery’s past ahead of its return.

Master Blender Dr. Craig Wilson carefully selected nine special casks from the original stock, with its own defining character, each identifiably Port Ellen. He skillfully blended them together to showcase a new dimension of Port Ellen unlike any before. With only 1,380 bottles available worldwide it is one of the last chances to own a part of Port Ellen’s history.

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