There’s a Johnnie Walker whisky to suit anyone with a discerning palate. The more colorful the character, in fact, the better. What makes it so special? Aged and rare whiskies from places like Royal Lochnagar and old Cardhu, and drops or more from distilleries that have long since ceased production. That sweet, subtle smoke? Most certainly from a dash of Clynelish, a splash of Caol Ila and some lovely Lagavulin.
And there are rarer Blues, too. Limited bottlings include the King George V, made in part from rare whiskies from Port Ellen on Islay, and an 1805 Special Anniversary reportedly valued at $27,000 a bottle. The 1805 Anniversary version comes complete with a Baccarat crystal decanter and retails for a more affordable $4,000.
For the dad who has everything? Buy him a shot of the 1805 Anniversary at Lewer’s Lounge for a mere $325, and spend time searching for those elusive flavors of juniper, oak, pears, dried fruit, spice and a hint of smoke.
How to drink it? In Scotland we decry ice and espouse a splash of room temperature water. But in Hawaii? I say throw in some ice cubes and, if you can, wait until they melt.
That’s about as close to Scottish room temperature water as you’ll come.