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Johnnie Walker Black Label

Careful with the Dry Cleaning

A new whisky-scented fabric has been created by Harris Tweed Hebrides and Johnnie Walker Black Label premium brand Scotch whisky with the help of textile experts at Heriot-Watt University.

A range of products featuring the grey fabric with blue, pink and yellow highlights has been created by Angelos Bratis, a Milan based designer. The products and will be marketed in Germany, Greece and Belgium.

The scent, inspired by the blended whisky's "nose", is said to feature "rich malt and dark chocolate tones with golden vanilla" and should be a good conversation starter at any dullish dinner party. Donald Mackay, head of the finishing department at the Harris Tweed mill in Shawbost on the Isle of Lewis, said: "I have worked with aromas in the past but they were only meant to withstand one dry clean. "The process we have devised for Johnnie Walker means that this scent is layered into the fabric throughout the finishing process and is permanently imbued in the tweed."

See also BBC Scotland for a video report on the new product.

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Tam O'Ranter
May 2014

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