Johnnie Walker reveals new limited edition capturing the elusive taste of Umami, in first-of-a-kind collaboration with renowned Chef Kei Kobayashi

Johnnie Walker, the world’s number one Scotch Whisky brand, today unveils Johnnie Walker Blue Label Elusive Umami – a pioneering expression inspired by the enigmatic flavour also known as the fifth taste. Master Blender Emma Walker joined forces with world-renowned chef Kei Kobayashi, channelling their years of expertise into the creation of this exquisite Blended Scotch Whisky.

In their pursuit to decode one of the world’s most mysterious flavours, the pair set out on a journey of flavour discovery, endeavouring to create a blend that encapsulates the enigmatic taste of umami. 

The result – a beautifully balanced Scotch whisky of sweet and savoury flavours, with notes of blood oranges and red berries with sweet wood spice, a touch of smoked meat, a hint of salt and pepper with a long, sweet fruit finish.
Selected casks from inland and coastal distilleries are hand-picked at the height of their maturation for their unique umami profile – only one in 25,000 casks succeeds in bringing this elusive character to life.

To taste, apple and white peach touch the senses first. Sweet, smooth and long – mandarins, blood oranges and red berries, the longer finish of sweet wood spice, a touch of smoked meat, warming salt and pepper with a long, sweet fruit finish.

The liquid will be showcased at a series of immersive events in Paris, Singapore and New York this Autumn, where the liquid will be paired with a series of dishes created by chef Kei.

Available exclusively at Johnnie Walker Princes Street in Edinburgh from September 18, 2023, before pre-sales launch globally on October 2, 2023, and available to buy globally from October 16, 2023.