On todays episode we have a glass of Johnnie Walker Blue Label! We went for the high end this week and had the best of the best in blended scotch. It comes with a big price tag, but its a deal when you think about what all is in it. All that and more on todays episode of Whiskey Chasers!
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- Johnnie Walker and Sons have been around since roughly 1854.
- Johnnie, known as John, owned a grocery store and became known as the guy that could get you things.
- By things we mean tea, fine wines, and spirits.
- He found his way into the whiskey world by blending the whiskey that he got in
- John passed away in 1857 and his son, Alexander, took over when he was old enough
- In 1843, with railroads in place, Alexander was able to create a distribution network which shipped his whiskey worldwide.
- In 1862, sales averaged 100,000 gallons each year.
- “Old Highland Blend” was the first copyrighted blend to hit shelves in 1867
- Johnnie walker Black label
- Johnnie Walker Blue was released in 1992 and hit the shelves at $150 a bottle.
- It was the most expensive whiskey on the market and Diageo believed it would sell well in bars as bottle service for companies wooing potential clients
- This bottle comes from hand selecting rare scotch whiskies and blending them. Only 1 in 10,000 casks make the cut.
- Diageo operates about 28 distilleries across Scotland, many producing whisky casks utilized for Johnnie Walker products. These include single malts like Clynelish, Talisker, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Oban, Glendullan, Dufftown, Glen Ord, Glenkinchie, Craagganmore, Mortlach, Royal Lochnagar, Glen Elgin, Dalwhinnie, Glenkinchi, Inchgower and Cardhu. The large single grain distilleries in Diageo’s portfolio include the massive Cameronbridge Distillery north of Edinburgh, the home of Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky.
- Since this is a blended bottle and the best of the best, it is rumored that barrels that are as old as 60 years are used in Johnnie Walker Blue and barrels as young as 28 years.
- This bottle gives a whole new perspective on what blended scotch is and the quality alone that goes into it.
- All of the distilleries that Johnnie Walker pulls from are all incredibly different in palate alone
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