Johnnie Walker is the most popular name in blended scotch. The Speyside standout has been a mainstay in the Scotch Whisky space for well over a century and offers an enormous array of whisky offerings that range from completely accessible to ultra-premium. Given the size of the distillery, as well as the resources of its owner Diageo, Johnnie Walker also has an impressive number of special-edition offerings. In celebration of the upcoming Lunar New Year, Johnnie Walker is releasing a limited Year of the Tiger edition of their most premium core offering, John Walker & Sons’ King George V.
The Johnnie Walker King George V Lunar New Year Tiger Edition features a hand-selection of rare, premium whiskies that existed in the Speyside region of Scotland during the reign of King George V. The premium scotch serves as a thank you and remembrance of King George V giving the distillery a royal warrant to supply the royal court with scotch. Given its historical weight, the King George V blend contains some of the rarest scotches in the brand’s reserves, including a few that are housed in their closed Port Ellen distillery. On the nose, the scotch features sweet, smoky aromas which are followed by notes of orange and Mediterranean fruits and spices like raisins, figs, and cinnamon. Its palate is rich in texture, featuring notes of spice and dried fruits that are balanced by creamy vanilla sweetness, dark chocolate, toffee, and roasted nuts. All of the flavors build to a long, smoky finish, with hints of spice and pepper.
Moreover, the Johnnie Walker King George V Lunar New Year Tiger Edition includes a gorgeous gift box with bespoke artwork featuring the Bai Ze, a mythical creature that symbolizes virtuousness, nobility, and protection from evil. The John Walker & Sons King George V Lunar New Year Tiger Edition is available now for $625 to $700, depending on the retailer.