Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ryder Cup Limited Edition
Johnnie Walker is one of the best known and most loved whiskies in the world. Their Black Label whisky is nearly a brand in it’s own right, featuring on countless advertising boards, in hundreds of thousands of bars across the world, and of course being a major sponsor within sport. And whilst a tie-in which motor-racing may not be the most natural fit (don’t drink and drive kids), they are probably most famous for another type of driving (sorry!), that in Golf.
Always true to their heart, Johnnie Walker have stood by their heritage and with that, Scotland, in running the Johnnie Walker Championship for as long as I can remember. 2014 however, golf really does come home. As Scotland, and in particular Gleneagles, along with Johnnie Walker welcome one of the biggest sporting events in the world. The 2014 Ryder Cup.
To celebrate such an event, Johnnie Walker are doing something a little bit special, they are launching a brand new (and rather special) limited edition version of their premium whisky, Blue Label. The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ryder Cup Edition. To help launch this notable feat, and of course taste some whisky, we hot-footed it North across to border and to Gleneagles for launch, and with a secret hope of a little golf included.
Whilst I didn’t admit it on the trip up, I am not the biggest whisky fan. A nice crisp lager followed by dark rum is the true way to my heart (and head). But 9 holes in to one of the wettest rounds of golf of my life, I may have fell in love. Did the weather and soaked through de-meaner have something to do with it? Maybe. But even after a warm shower and thorough drying out, the sheer tones and quality of Johnnie Walker Blue Label still found it’s way into my hands and indeed flowing through my veins. The crisp and sharp yet manageable taste is actually quite refreshing. Whilst Johnnie Walker hold the largest reserve of Scotch whisky in the world, only one in 10,000 barrels actually make it to a Blue Label bottle. The Ryder Cup edition is ever rarer, with each bottle individually numbered and only 2350 bottles produced.
We caught up with brand ambassador Colin Montgomerie, playing the 18th hole with the man himself on this years Ryder Course, the Centenary. We chatted golf, Ryder Cup and whisky, and he couldn’t have been more honest and open when talking about all three. A pleasant surprise when put in comparison to some professionals of their sport. We even managed to catch a few words with Ryder Cup captain to be, Sam Torrance, who, whilst sampling the delights of Blue Label, was on sparkling form, even if we can’t put most of what he said into print.
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ryder Cup Limited Edition is available now for just over £200 from specialist whisky and drink outlets. If you are a fan of golf or whisky, you will definitely want one of these on your shelf. And if you are a fan of both, you might even have to buy two.