With its meticulously selected whiskies—some as young as 15 years, some as old as 60 years, and some from distilleries no longer in existence—Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the ultimate expression of the blender’s art, bursting with hazelnuts, honey, sherry, and a touch of smoke; only one out of every 10,000 casks qualifies for this precious blended Scotch. Thus, it is only fitting that Blue Label should be selected for Johnnie Walker’s annual limited-edition celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. This, the third in the series, is Johnnie Walker Blue Label 2016: Year of the Monkey ($258).
Inspired by the Chinese zodiac, the monkey represents an explorer with a fearless heart and the agile tenacity to accomplish the loftiest goal. Johnnie Walker Blue Label’s dramatic depiction of the Year of the Monkey is rendered in blue on a commemorative white porcelain bottle, accented with gold-enameled mountains and rivers that represent the monkey’s domain, with a different scene on each of the bottle’s four sides. The exquisite exterior and precious liquid within make this bottle an ideal gift. (johnniewalker.com)