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Tuesday, October 12 2021 - 21:48
Johnnie Walker Shines A Light On One Of Scotland's Shortest-lived Distilleries
LONDON, Oct. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- Fourth release in acclaimed Ghost and Rare series explores very rare and 
"ghost" whiskies including rarely seen Scotch from Pittyvaich

"It may only have thrived for a short period, but the whisky laid down by this 
distillery is something unmistakable," Jim Beveridge, Johnnie Walker Master 
Blender, said as Johnnie Walker announced the release of Johnnie Walker Blue 
Label Ghost and Rare Pittyvaich.

This, the fourth release in the limited edition Ghost and Rare series, explores 
the distinct character of exceptional and very rare whiskies from one of 
Scotland's most short-lived distilleries, the Speyside "ghost" distillery of 

Like the elusive will-o'-the-wisp of Scottish folklore - an enigmatic 
brightness that appears at dusk just long enough for travellers to find their 
way home - Pittyvaich had a short life but left a distinct and growing legacy. 
The distillery, which opened in 1974 closed in 1993 after only 18 years of 
life, is now considered as a hidden gem whispered about the world over for its 
unique Speyside style.

The Johnnie Walker Ghost and Rare series of special editions is crafted using 
irreplaceable "ghost" whiskies and other incredibly rare expressions from the 
unparalleled Johnnie Walker reserves used to create the award-winning* Johnnie 
Walker Blue Label.

Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge and his team hand-selected two 
other "ghost" whiskies from the distilleries of Port Dundas and Carsebridge. He 
combined these with exceptionally rare Scotch from a quartet of Speyside 
distilleries including Mannochmore, Auchroisk, Cragganmore and Strathmill as 
well as the Highland whisky of Royal Lochnagar – crafting something exceptional.

Jim Beveridge explained why this was such a special whisky to work on for him 
and his small team of expert whisky makers: "We have waited patiently for that 
perfect moment when we turn our thoughts to this fleetingly rare gem of the 
whisky world. Its distinct autumnal character has always intrigued us and fired 
our imagination to create something really special that would pay tribute to 
the whisky makers of this Speyside distillery."

When tasted, sweet, fruit notes of fresh apple gather with the autumnal 
flavours of Pittyvaich, beautifully balanced with the delicate subtle sweetness 
of honeycomb and soft wood from the "ghost" whiskies of Port Dundas and 
Carsebridge. Other very rare whiskies bring aromas of dark fruit and berries 
before revealing gentle butterscotch, stewing orchard fruits and a dash of 

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Pittyvaich follows the release of 
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal (2019), Johnnie Walker 
Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen (2018) and Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost 
and Rare Brora (2017). Each edition in the series offers a fleeting opportunity 
to savour the depth of character of whiskies from distilleries whose spirit 
lives on in their dwindling stocks.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Pittyvaich is bottled at an ABV of 
43.8% and is available from November 1st at a RRP of 275 GBP for a 70cl bottle. 
Each bottle in this special release is individually numbered.

* Master at the Scotch Whisky Masters 2020 and Gold at World Whiskies Awards 

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Source: Johnnie Walker