When Blade Runner was first released in 1982, it showed us a glimpse of what whiskey might look in the future: Johnnie Walker in a specially shaped bottle. And while their bottles won’t look exactly like that in 2019, Johnnie Walker has gone ahead and given us an idea for future whiskies, teaming master blender Jim Beveridge filmmaker Denis Villeneuve to bring us Black Label: The Director’s Cut, in commemoration of the release of Blade Runner 2049.
Black Label: The Director’s Cut is based off regular Johnnie Walker Black Label, but puts a “contemporary twist” on it, with more than 30 malt and grain whiskies from all over the world blended into it. All we know is that it’s smooth, dark and rich, with “clouds of smokiness and a touch of femininity.” Of course, if it’s Black Label, it promises to be excellent, and actually comes in at 49% ABV – in honor of the new film’s title.
The real attraction here, though, is the bottle; based on the prop from the original Blade Runner, it’s distinctly Johnnie Walker, but also distinctly futuristic and sleek. It comes packaged in a commemorative box. The creators wanted to create something as timeless as Johnnie Walker whiskey already is, and give it it’s own unique qualities; Jim Beveridge states that “Johnnie Walker blending tradition dates back to 1820 and I’m honored to carry on the legacy and collective memory of our other past blenders to ensure that the same whisky enjoyed today can be enjoyed responsibly in 2049”.
Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters October 6 (starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford), but The Director’s Cut is available for sipping now. Only 39,000 bottles were made, and each retails for $89.99. But drinking this whiskey is sure to make you feel as cool as Harrison Ford, and how many other whiskeys can say that?