Johnnie Walker has announced the official release of Black Label The Director’s Cut – a limited-edition whisky developed in collaboration with Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve and Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge. The new whisky comes thirty-five years after the Black Label whisky appeared in the original Blade Runner film.

The custom blend and the futuristic bottle were created in partnership with the new Blade Runner 2049 film, in which the bottle will also appear. Fans first saw a peek of the new bottle at Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner 2049 Experience at San Diego Comic-Con.

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“Like many fans, I remember the Johnnie Walker bottle from the first film, so it was a unique privilege to collaborate with them on designing a totally original, custom bottle for the new movie. 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.” – Denis Villeneuve

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Only 2,000 bottles of this limited edition whisky will be available in the UK. The blend has aromatic and vanilla flavours, with clouds of smokiness and will be bottled at 49% ABV – a nod to the futuristic period in which Blade Runner 2049 is set.

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“What we have created in Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut is something really special that fans will be able to relate to and whisky drinkers will love. I was truly inspired by Villeneuve’s artistic vision for Blade Runner 2049 and how it could come to life in this new blend. I learned that filmmaking is much like blending–you have to constantly be committed to creating the best possible outcome.” – Jim Beveridge

Black Label The Director’s Cut Whisky, £80, by JOHNNIE WALKER