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Thirty-five years on from being the spirit of choice in cult sci-fi classic Blade Runner, Johnnie Walker Black Label returns to the big screen in its highly-anticipated sequel Blade Runner 2049.

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut is a limited edition Scotch Whisky created by Master Blender Jim Beveridge in collaboration with visionary filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. The experimental blend is inspired by Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, and is presented in a futuristic bottle.

With our trademark smokiness and a contemporary twist, Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut is a rich, smooth blend with aromatic and vanilla flavours and is bottled at 49% ABV as a nod to the futuristic period in which the film is set.

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut will be released with limited availability in September.


Bartender Tenzin Samdo created the Penicillin 2049, his own futuristic twist on the classic cocktail, using ultrasound to create a sensory cloud of ginger essence. Here’s how to create your own version at home.

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    Pour 40ml Johnnie Walker Black Label Director’s Cut into a cocktail shaker with ice.

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    Add 30ml clarified lemon juice and 30ml honey syrup

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    Shake well

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    Strain contents over large cold draft ice cube in a rocks glass and garnish with a slice of fresh ginger

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