OUR GREAT MINDS

    by Tina Olivero

    The Odyssey Experience

    Scotch whisky, often referred to as Scotch, as its name suggests, is made in Scotland. While Scotch whisky was originally made from malt barley, in the 18th century commercial distilleries began introducing whisky made with wheat and rye.

    Scotch Whisky Is Divided Into Five Distinct Categories:

    • Single malt
    • Single grain
    • Blended malt (formerly called “vatted malt” or “pure malt”)
    • Blended grain
    • Blended Scotch whisky

    Scotch whisky is revered and judged by its age, flavour, and blends. All Scotch whisky must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years. The value of whisky is determined by the age, rarity, and the different types of blends.

    One of the most renowned brands of Scotch, Johnnie Walker, prepares premium blended Scotch whiskies based on over 190 years of unbroken distilling and blending tradition. A combination of consumer insight and determination enabled three pioneering generations of Walkers to grow a small grocery store into an international Scotch whisky business, selling the globally recognized brand that today defines the Scotch whisky category: truly an entrepreneurial success story.

    Inspired by Sir Alexander Walker’s passion for epic journeys around the world and crafted from three rare, hand-selected single malts, the House of Walker has newly launched the first triple malt Scotch whisky – John Walker & Sons Odyssey.

    John Walker & Sons Odyssey stands proudly amongst the rarest of Scotch whisky blends in the House of Walker portfolio, which includes The John Walker®, Johnnie Walker® XR 21, and King George V® Blended Scotch Whiskies. Developed by Master Blender Jim Beveridge, using Sir Alexander Walker’s handwritten notes, it is a unique blend that captures the spirit of luxury and continues the House of Walker’s passion for whisky excellence through supreme craftsmanship, quality, heritage, and innovation.

    The lavish blend successfully balances hints of fresh citrus, smooth honey, and creamy caramel flavors for a distinctive taste profile. It has been carefully blended and married in European oak casks to combine the flavors of the three rare malts and provide an expansive, multi-layered experience with exceptional smoothness. The blend is best enjoyed neat or with a dash of water, and always responsibly.

    An ultra-modern interpretation of Sir Alexander Walker’s legendary 1932 “nautical” decanter bottle created for Johnnie Walker® Swing® Blended Scotch Whisky, the crystal-grade glass decanter for John Walker & Sons Odyssey is a symbol of both the steadfastness and dynamic progression of the House of Walker. The bottle can rotate 360 degrees within the box and always rests in an upright position. It is inspired by a gyroscope, as the bottle always remains steady while the world revolves around it.

    Canada has received only 46 bottles of the Odyssey blend. British Columbia received 24 bottles, Alberta 20 bottles, and Nova Scotia two bottles. Suggested retail price is $2,000 for a 750 ml bottle.

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