About Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch Wine Cask Blended Scotch Whisky
Upon his father's death in 1820, a young grocer named Johnnie Walker invested his £417 inheritance into a grocery and spirits shop on High Street in Scotland. While Walker himself was a teetotaler, he sold a popular single malt whisky under the name Walker's Kilmarnock Whisky (at the time, it was common for each store to have its own unique spirits). Walker's store was moderately successful, but by the time he retired in the 1850s, whisky sales represented just 8% of his business.
In 1857, Alexander Walker — Johnnie Walker's eldest son — inherited the store and began improving its selection of single malt Scotch whiskies. Alexander had previously apprenticed with a tea merchant in Glasgow and there, had learned the art of blending tea. Under his stewardship, the House of Walker began blending whisky and bottling it in an iconic, square bottle adorned with a slanted label. In addition, Walker began crafting exclusive Scotch whiskies for employees and private gatherings — treasured whiskies that were only shared with a select few groups on special occasions.
This Blenders' Batch Wine Cask whisky is a blend from the Cameronbridge and Clyenlish distilleries, aged in wine casks. The blend is a new lighter style from Johnnie Walker’s Blenders' Batch series hand crafted with passion by expert blender Aimee Gibson. “Aimee Gibson has spent the last two years working with an inventory of whiskies matured in wine casks, part of an experiment in maturation set in motion by her boss, Mast Blender Jim Beverage, almost a decade ago. Aimee realized that a very special common theme of enchanted flavors was possible from the use of wine casks” (producer).
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Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
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