The Journey of Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Utilising skills learned from his father, Johnnie Walker, Alexander Walker carefully and passionately crafted a blended whisky of rare quality and character; he called it Old Highland Whisky. Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a commemoration of Alexander’s remarkable 1867 Old Highland Whisky.
Today, Johnnie Walker still put as much love and passion into the creation of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, ensuring a rare dram that is unrivalled within its class. For instance, each cask used to blend Johnnie Walker Blue Label is hand-picked by Johnnie Walkers master blender, Jim Beveridge; each selected for their exceptional quality, character and flavour. Only 1 in 10,000 casks contain whisky of sufficient quality and character to be chosen to become part of this extraordinary whisky. Jim then blends these whiskies, selected from the four corners of Scotland, to skilfully blend the award winning dram that we all know and love around the world.
The result; a bold flavoured whisky that encompasses everything the Johnnie Walker family believe and value about true Scottish whisky. Big flavours give this whisky its reputation. Deep smoky tones layered in sweet honey and fruit give this dram a rich yet wonderfully smooth character.
Each time you revisit Johnnie Walker Blue Label you will become acquainted with new hidden flavours; all part of this sophisticated character.
For a more in depth introduction you only need to view Johnnie Walkers own tasting notes:
Nose – “a mellow, rounded nose, with a dry smokiness (a JOHNNIE WALKER signature flavour) mixed with raisin sweetness”
Palate – “The first sip reveals a velvety mouth-feel, then an explosion of flavour - hazelnuts, honey, rose petals, sherry and oranges. Subsequent sips reward you with more hidden secrets like kumquats, wispy aromatic smoke, sandalwood, tobacco, and dark chocolate.”
Finish – “a rich and uniquely long and satisfying finish of smoke and pepper, ending with a glorious touch of spice.”
As always, Johnnie Walker has over the years poured just as much creativity and passion into the advertising and marketing of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Johnnie Walker has always embraced marketing and advertising to ensure that its brand holds a strong presence around the world. One of our favourite examples of this can be seen below in the recent short film they launched, starring Jude Law and Gianclo Giannini.