John Walker Private Collection 2015 Edition (46.8% ABV) is packaged in a deep red glass decanter, with an angled cut to reflect the slanted label on the distinctive Johnnie Walker square bottle. It comes in a cream box with the story of the ‘Rare Fruit Character’ of this blend. This 'Rare Fruit' character blend by Walker master blender Jim Beveridge is the second annual release in the series that flows the previous Directors’ Blends which were made for Diageo directors to hand out to key Johnnie Walker clients. These elite ranges are meant to showcase the expertise and craft of the blenders behind all Johnnie Walker’s blended scotch whiskies, the world’s leading scotch whisky brand.
The Private Collection launched with the 2014 Edition, which is described as “an exploration of the John & Walker & Sons signature smoky character from three Scottish regions. The 2015 Edition continues the exploration Walker house style with a small batch blend of 29 bespoke and experimental casks that reveals the fruit distillery character that unfolds in the top notes of its blended scotches”. Beveridge and his team are said to have had access to the greatest breadth and depth of fruit character in Diageo’s vast reserves. Within these stocks are special casks laid down to develop sophisticated, precise expressions of fruit styles from different regions. Beveridge said: “The 2015 Edition is a unique blend of mature expressions of fruit character from the heart of Scotland. The wonderful lightness of fresh and exotic Speyside fruits deepens into the warm, autumnal fruits of Highland malts, finishing with a lift from the spicy, West Highland fruit character.”