Top Movie Inspired Whiskies
Johnnie Walker Black Label Director's Cut - Blade Runner 2049
With the release of Blade Runner 2049 in 2017, the sequel to Ridley Scott's trailblazing sci-fi mystery, Johnnie Walker crafted a limited edition bottle in collaboration with the films' director, Denis Villeneuve. Back in 1982, Johnnie Walker made a futuristic bottle as a prop to be used in the film, however, this time the whisky was both designed and blended with whiskies of the future in mind. It is a combination of over 30 single malts and grain whiskies, blended in Black Label style, but with a smokier twist. Its also a rare high-strength version of Black Label, bottled at 49% abv. as a reference to the year in which the new film is set - or perhaps they simply thought people of the future have more robust palates.
The Great Gatsby Single Cask Spirits Collection - The Great Gatsby
In 2022, XM Studios, a Singapore-based design studio known for movie figurines and collectables, forayed into the equally collectable world of whisky in a collaboration with Warner Brothers. They launched The Great Gatsby Collection, inspired by the novel and 2013 Baz Luhrmann film for their opulent design. The expressions themselves are a Bunnahabhain 1991 Single Cask whisky, a Glen Grant 1998 Single Cask whisky and a cognac - Vallein Tercinier Petit Champagne 1994 Single Cask.
Save Lars - Star Wars
This Star Wars linked expression was released to commemorate the completion of the Save the Lars Homestead project - their aim being to restore the set used for the home of Luke Skywalker in 'A New Hope'. In 2012, six fans from around the world travelled to its location in the Tunisian desert and set out to bring it back to its former glory. The whisky, a bespoke bottling of a Bruichladdich 20-Year-Old, was presented at the Star Wars Celebration Europe on the 25th July 2013 to the crew of six who participated. Due to popular demand, they decided to buy the rest of the cask and bottled the remaining 100 bottles under the Save Lars label. The first Fan Edition sold out in less than a week! They went on to bottle two more expressions, yet have no plans for more. A very exclusive (and tasty) piece of Star Wars memorabilia.
The GlenDronach - Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The GlenDronach Kingsman Edition 1991 Vintage was released in collaboration with Marv films to mark the release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle in 2017. The GlenDronach was chosen by its director, Matthew Vaughn, as the distillery is his personal favourite. He then selected a 1991 vintage to mark the year of birth of agent Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin. Matured in sherry casks, the rare whisky was also presented with a custom Kingsman gold metal charm.
The Macallan - James Bond
To celebrate 60 years of 007, The Macallan released six limited-edition bottles inspired by the six decades of James Bond. The same expression is contained within all six, which was crafted to reflect the extreme grace, balance and remarkable strength and character of Bond. Each bottle and case displays original concept art from the films' of each decade, and the expression is even bottled at 43.7% abv - a reference to 007. Daniel Craig's incarnation of the world-famous spy actually sips on a 50-year-old Macallan with Javier Bardem's villain, Silva, in Skyfall.
Continental Straight Bourbon - John Wick
Silver Screen Bottling Company released this drinkable prop, made as a faux house brand of bourbon of the Continental Hotel - the chain of hotels which serve as neutral ground for members of the criminal underworld in John Wick. As a frequent whiskey drinker - in the first film he is seen drinking Blanton's Bourbon - John Wick would surely be partial to glass of Continental Straight Bourbon.
Edradour - The Fairy Flag
We can almost guarantee that you've not heard of The Fairy Flag - its a yet unreleased historical fantasy film. It's cast and crew is chock-full of Scottish talent, including our Summer 2015 Whiskeria cover star Craig McGinley. The movie itself promises to be an epic and mythical Scottish tale - which may become as mythical as its story if never released. It has been hampered with post-production issues since wrapping in 2015, eight years ago! To commemorate the Scottish production, Highland distillery Edradour, launched a 15-year-old expression inspired by The Fairy Flag - which we hope to crack open when/if its released in cinemas.