Each week we feature a different whisk(e)y at The Franklin Room with special pricing and cocktails incorporating the whisk(e)y of the week.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare is the first in a series of special releases created by Johnnie Walker Master Blender Dr Jim Beveridge using irreplaceable whiskies from “ghost” Scotch whisky distilleries that have long since closed together with other rare malt and grain whiskies. Each release in the series will be crafted with one incredible whisky at its heart, the first being Brora.

The story of BenRiach is typical of the great Speyside distilleries. Built

in 1898, the distillery is sited amongst the rolling barley fields that rise

to the foothills of the Grampian Mountains. The barley used in crafting

the whisky was grown around the distillery and the water was, and still

is, drawn through the rock that lies deep below the distillery. The barley, harvested from the fields surrounding the distillery, would be spread across the floors of the malting loft to germinate. Peat, cut from the hills, fired the kiln and produced the heat required to control the germination process, and the distinctive peat scented smoke would be seen curling upwards from the malting chimneys throughout the year. The distillery manager would oversee the slow and deliberate crafting process of The BenRiach whisky– managing the transformation from malted barley to wash, to distilled spirit and into high quality oak casks, in which the whisky would then mature. This was the beginning of the The BenRiach story.

The Dalmore, “the big meadowland”, was established in 1839 and passed it along to member of the Mackenzie Clan, whose family crest is the 12-pointed Royal Stag. The Dalmore uses a combination of different stills of various sizes to produce differing new make which is then aged in a combination of American white oak bourbon casks and exclusive aged sherry casks from Gonzalez Byass.