Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight Blended Scotch Whisky

This very special release commemorates Johnnie Walker's 200th anniversary. The whiskies that went into this blend come from 8 distilleries ― including "ghost" ones ― all of which were operational when John Walker started the brand's journey 2 centuries ago.
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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 sold 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.

Johnnie Walker is celebrating their 200th anniversary with some very special and limited releases, such as this Blue Label Legendary Eight Blended Scotch. The number 8 refers to the legendary distilleries (including "ghost" distilleries) that its rare components come from. All of these distilleries were in existence when John Walker walked the earth 2 centuries ago. Rich and immensely complex, it's a testament to the skill of Master Blender Jim Beveridge.

Celebrate 200 years of Johnnie Walker with this amazing whisky!
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Proof 87.6 (43.8% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Johnnie Walker
Size 750mL
The nose is complex and rich with hints of sea spray, brown sugar, honey, citrus, plenty of fruity notes, as well as a touch of wood and gentle smoke. It's sweet on the palate with honey, stone fruits, and cocoa. The finish has lingering sweet and spicy notes with a touch of smoke.
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