An unrivaled masterpiece among Scotland's most exceptional whiskies, Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the world's most widely distributed brand of Scotch. Even if you aren't a Scotch whisky connoisseur, you have probably heard the Johnnie Walker name.
Johnnie Walker Scotch originates from the town Kilmarnock, where John Walker began making his whisky in the early 1800s. The brand was originally known as Walker's Kilmarnock Whisky and was first sold in grocery stores in Ayrshire, Scotland. After the founder's death, Walker's son and grandson took over production and established the whisky as a popular brand. The iconic square bottle was introduced in 1860, allowing more bottles to fit into a tight space with less broken glass. Johnnie Walker Blue Label is still sold in these durable square bottles today.
John Walker's son, Alexander, created his notable Old Highland Whisky blend in 1867, which was a masterpiece at the time. It married the best flavors from all corners of Scotland to create a standout flavor profile unlike any other. The Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a commemoration of that Old Highland Whisky blend, and it has stayed true to the family's original vision.
Blue Label is incredibly smoky and rich with a velvety smoothness that complements its powerful flavor. Hints of honey, hazelnuts, oranges and sherry hit the senses first, giving way to kumquats, ginger, dark chocolate and sandalwood. Just before the long finish, hints of dried fruit and pepper emerge, leading the drinker to a lingering, perfectly balanced and smoky culmination.
So, what's the best way to enjoy Johnnie Walker Blue Label? Well, if you enjoy the flavor, there is no right or wrong way to drink whisky! That's our story and we're sticking to it. Enjoy Johnnie Walker Blue Label neat, on ice or with a little water added. Just be sure to serve it in a solid tumbler with a heavy bottom.
The temperature at which you serve the whisky also affects its flavors and mouthfeel, so don't be afraid to experiment. Before taking that first sip, however, hold the glass to your nose and inhale gently to get the full sensory experience.