Johnnie Walker has unveiled Johnnie Walker Blue Label Elusive Umami, a collaboration between Master Blender Emma Walker and Chef Kei Kobayashi.
The pair set out to create a blend that encapsulates the enigmatic taste of umami, the company says.
The result is notes of blood oranges and red berries with sweet wood spice, a touch of smoked meat, a hint of salt and pepper with a sweet fruit finish, the company reports.
“When we set out to create Johnnie Walker Blue Label Elusive Umami, it wasn’t just a blending experience, but a gastronomic exploration,” say Walker. “Getting acquainted with the intensity of the umami flavor was the key to creating this exceptional Scotch Whisky. Best served neat with caviar to unlock the full depth of this unique sensory experience.”
Adds Kobayashi, whose restaurant Kei, located in Paris, maintained its three Michelin stars in the 2023 release of the Michelin Guide, “Umami possesses a mysterious quality that ignites our senses, revealing sumptuous taste, complexity and depth. Encapsulating that alluring flavor through Johnnie Walker Blue Label Elusive Umami allows you to immerse your palate in an exquisite Scotch Whisky of subtle richness.”
This latest release hits shelves October 16, 2023. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Elusive Umami has a suggested retail price of $400 per 750-ml. bottle.