John Walker & Sons King George V Limited Edition Design

In 1934, Johnnie Walker was awarded the Royal Warrant by King George V. This luxurious expression celebrates the monumental event with a very special blend that contains some of the finest whiskies from distilleries that were operational during that time.
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Johnnie Walker, one of the most widely distributed brands of blended Scotch whisky in the world, originated in the Scottish burgh of Kilmarnock in East Ayrshire. The story of the brand starts with John Walker, who started a profitable grocery business with the inheritance from his father. John Walker, himself a teetotaler, found his competitive edge in whiskies he blended himself, offering his customers a consistent product, unlike most other grocers, who usually sold a line of single malts that were never all that consistent. Whisky represented about eight percent of the sales when John’s son Alexander Walker took over the business after his father’s death in 1857, and when the company was passed on to the third generation, this share was already between 90 and 95 percent.

The legalization of the blending of grain and malt whiskies by the Spirits Act of 1860 marked the beginning of the modern blended Scotch whisky. Johnnie Walker's first commercial blend, called Old Highland Whisky, was launched in 1867. Alexander Walker also introduced the brand's signature square bottle and the distinctive slanted label. In 1893, the Walkers acquired the Cardhu distillery and kept expanding through the early 20th century by buying interests in a number of distilleries. This ensured the company a steady supply of whiskies for its blends. By 1909, John's grandsons George and Alexander II had expanded the line, and were selling three blended whiskies.

In 1909, the company rebranded its whiskies, introducing the famous striding man logo and renaming the blends after the colors of their labels. By 1920, Johnnie Walker could be bought in 120 countries. The company joined Distillers Company in 1925, and, after its acquisition by Guinness, and Guinness’s subsequent merger with Grand Metropolitan, the brand is now owned by Diageo.

This expression pays tribute to the Royal Warrant awarded by King George V in 1934, making Johnnie Walker an official supplier of whisky to the royal household. The whiskies that go into the blend come from distilleries that were operational during the king's reign and include Port Ellen, Cardhu, and Lochnagar. The luxuriously rich whisky is bottled at 86 proof.

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Proof 86 (43% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Johnnie Walker
Size 750mL
This luxuriously rich whisky has a complex profile with hints of toasted nuts, dark chocolate, vanilla, sweetness, and smokiness on one side balanced by honey, caramel, spice, citrus, orange zest, and floral rose petal notes on the other.
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