Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director's Cut, 49%

Price: $80 Issue: Spring 2018 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

A futuristic bottle design released for Ridley Scott's replicant sequel set in 2049, hence the punchy bottling strength. Peat smoke, toffee caramels, fresh banana, and sliced red apple. Promising layers of fruit salad, grape, apple, citrus, and apricot are swept aside by an aggressive peppery attack, emerging to notes of bitter fruit, burnt rubber, and smoke. If this is a glimpse of the future, I'm stockpiling regular Black Label now. (39,000 bottles)