September 22, 2009

Johnnie Walker Art of Blending Webcast

If you're anything like us, the word "webcast" makes you want to head for the hills. As cubicle- and office-dwellers for the last decade or so, we've been to our share of these things, and they're usually relatively dry affairs, and by "dry" we mean there's no booze. Not so the one we've been invited to next week - there will be, and that booze will be scotch. It will be scotch, in fact, that comes out of this box:

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The affair in question, with the jaw-busting title of "Johnnie Walker Black Label Centenary Journeyman Blending Webcast with Master Blender Andrew Ford," is entirely about blending scotch, not sitting around drinking it. But guess what you do with scotch after it's blended? That's right! Fedex dropped off our blending kit today, and we're not usually ones for unboxing posts and booze porn (y'know, like food porn but with liquor) we just had to share what we got. More pics after the jump.

In the days of John and Alexander Walker, upon completing studies under a master craftsman, a skilled apprentice proudly carried the title of Journeyman. In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Johnnie Walker Black Label, the signature blend of the House of Walker, Master Blender Andrew Ford is making the journey from Scotland to the United States to mentor a new generation of Centenary Journeymen Blenders. In the pioneering spirit of Johnnie Walker Black Label, this unique opportunity to apprentice in the artisanal craft of blending fine whisky is being brought to you via a live Webcast.

Please note that materials necessary to participate in this hands-on whisky blending exercise will be mailed to you in advance of the Webcast including:


  • A variety of fine Scottish single malt and grain whiskies (sample quantities)

  • One nosing glass

  • One measuring device

  • One funnel

  • One empty bottle

For the record, the included bottles include a 200ml bottle of Black Label, and the "sample-sized" bottles are larger than the mini-bottles we expected, more like 100 or 150ml? Included are bottles of Grain, Lowland Malt, Speyside Malt, Sherry Cask Malt, Highland Malt, Island Malt, and Islay Malt. So, readers that's the contents - what do you think?

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 22, 2009 7:49 PM
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I was invited, too, and like you guys, I'm not sure how I got in. My blending kit arrived yesterday, and it's some cool-ass swag.

One thing that surprised me is that in my kit, at least, the grain alcohol is brown and smells like it's had some barrel-aging. I never really thought of a neutral grain spirit as something you'd age before blending. I guess it's a question for the master blender.


Posted by: Michael Dietsch at September 24, 2009 8:04 PM

Sorry Chuck. Guess this little shindig is by invite only. Not sure how we made the list, or even who else is on it, but we'll make sure to represent our readership right.


Posted by: The Liquor Snob at September 23, 2009 3:01 PM

My only question is how do I get in on this action?


Posted by: Chuck Steel at September 23, 2009 11:39 AM
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