Malaysians love it when our nation garners any sort of mention or recognition internationally. It’s especially flattering when a famous whisky brand releases a limited edition of its finest spirits in a bespoke bottle honouring classic Malaysian locales – most recently, the state of Penang.
Scottish whisky leader Johnnie Walker celebrated Penang’s rich culture in its release of a stunning limited edition of its Johnnie Walker Blue Label line of spirits. Designed by London-based illustrator Shan Jiang, the bespoke bottle showcases landmarks in the island state.
The classic square bottle features illustrations of Penang’s trademark Dragon Dance, the iconic Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the country and red lantern motifs, symbolising the state’s rich Chinese cultural roots.
The January launch, held in Penang’s Majestic Theatre, was a luxurious event, as guests arrived dressed to the nines. Johnnie Walker brand ambassador Jeremy Lee guided guests through a whisky tasting class, showing participants how to appreciate a good glass of whisky.
Unreserved had a first-hand experience of the class, learning to note the “rolling waves of flavours” in Blue Label: hazelnuts, honey, sherry and oranges set atop ginger, kumquats, sandalwood and dark chocolate.
Created in 1992, Johnnie Walker Blue Label selects only one in 10,000 casks of the brand’s perfectly aged rare whiskies maturing in its reserves for its bottles. The blend is crafted in small batches by the brand’s master blender, Jim Beveridge, and his team of 12 expert whisky masters.
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label limited edition Penang is available at participating outlets at AEON, Jaya Grocer and through www.staythirsty.com.my.