Johnnie Walker has collaborated with filmmaker Denis Villeneuve on a limited-edition release: Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut.
The new whiskey pays homage to Ridley Scott’s visionary 1982 movie Blade Runner, which was set in 2019 and gave audiences a visual taste of a 21st century Johnnie Walker Black in a geometric bottle. Now Villeneuve and Master Blender Jim Beveridge have gone back to the future to produce a Black Label from 2049.
“Like many fans, I remember the Johnnie Walker bottle from the first film, so it was a unique privilege to collaborate with Johnnie Walker on designing a totally original, custom bottle for the new movie,” says Villeneuve. “It was also a once-in-a-lifetime experience to help create the limited-edition Director’s Cut blend, which perfectly captures the complex and mysterious world of Blade Runner 2049.”
The Director’s Cut contains more than 30 malt and grain whiskeys from the most renowned distilleries in the world—and fits perfectly into the Johnnie Walker universe. You’ll quickly notice that the Johnnie Walker Black DNA is there, but smokier and extremely richer. And given the Blade Runner future has eternally been bleak, this expression is more intense—think of it as a cask strength Johnnie Walker Black. It clocks in at 49% ABV—compared to the 40% of Black Label. But the palatability of the pale whiskey is not its only attractive quality. For a limited-edition expression, it’s priced modestly at $90 (SRP). There are just 39,000 Director’s Cut bottles for the entire global allocation—27,600 of which are going to the U.S. in only 15 states.