In celebrating and observing Chinese New Year, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Rat Limited Edition Design has been released. 

Johnnie Walker collaborated with artist Shirley Gong in capturing the wit, entrepreneurship and adaptability of this intelligent creature, heralding the opportunity and good fortune the Rat’s arrival signifies.


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Shirley received her BFA in Oil Painting from Sichuan Fine Art Institution and her China MA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design, USA.

She shared, “I wanted this limited edition to be something that would celebrate and honour Chinese New Year as well as piece of art that speaks to the rare craft and character of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. I was keen to create something elegant, rich and really beautiful that people would look at and think, ‘wouldn’t that be a wonderful gift for someone at Chinese New Year’.” 

Johnnie Walker Master Blender, Jim Beveridge, added: “The celebration of rare, exceptional Scotch whiskies will always be at the very heart of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. We know that the dedication that Shirley brings to her art is the same dedication that we bring to our craft and this is highlighted by these wonderful bottle designs for Chinese New Year - Year of the Rat.”

The Limited Edition Johnnie Walker Blue Label contains a velvety smooth touch including vibrant fruit, rich spice, toffee notes and a warm lingering smokiness.


A mellow, rounded nose, with a signature dry smokiness mixed with raisin sweetness.


The first sip reveals a velvety mouthfeel, then an explosion of flavour - hazelnuts, honey, rose petals, sherry and oranges. Subsequent sips reward you with more hidden secrets like kumquats, wispy aromatic smoke, sandalwood, tobacco and dark chocolate.


A rich and uniquely long and satisfying finish of smoke and pepper, ending with a glorious touch of spice.

Why Johnnie Walker Blue Label?

Rare Flavour – A perfectly balanced and velvety smooth Scotch with a remarkable depth of character.

Rare Whiskies – This exceptional whisky has been crafted using remarkably rare handpicked single malt and grain whiskies from the four corners of Scotland including irreplaceable casks from long-closed ‘ghost’ distilleries - each bringing unique flavours and distinctive character of their own.

Rare Craftsmanship – Johnnie Walker Blue Label is crafted using skills and techniques reserved only for whiskies of the highest quality.

Tasting Johnnie Walker Blue Label is like experiencing a rolling wave of flavour. An initial swell delivers layers of dried fruits, citrus smoke, which then evolves into notes of honey, sweet spice and vanilla. As the waves eases off, you are rewarded with velvety chocolate and a rounded smoky finish. A whisky like no other.

For a year of unbridled happiness and prosperity, the Limited Edition design for Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the seamless choice for those that want to taste more out of life. 

The right New Year’s gift can help you celebrate the goals you want. For more whisky gift ideas, discover more from our Limited-Edition Collections.   

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