Originally known as Walker’s Kilmarnock Whisky, the Johnnie Walker brand is a legacy left by John “Johnnie” Walker after he started to sell whisky in his grocer’s shop in Ayrshire, Scotland. The brand became popular, but after Walker’s death in 1857 it was his son Alexander Walker and grandson Alexander Walker II who were largely responsible for establishing the whisky as a popular brand.
The company joined Distillers Company in 1925. Distillers was acquired by Guinness in 1986, and Guinness merged with Grand Metropolitan to form Diageo in 1997.
Since then Johnnie walker have been produced with varieties of flavor, taste and brand label, this we will discuss one after the other.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label: Johnnie Walker Blue Label sets the standard, a blend of the rarest malts from hand-selected casks across Scotland. Its flavors are influenced by the smoke of the west and the rich, sweet whiskies of the east. The whiskies that compose Blue Label are especially selected for their individuality from some of the rarest stocks in the Johnnie Walker reserves.
Johnnie Walker Red Label: Renowned for its characteristic bold flavor, Johnnie Walker Red Label is the world’s best-selling Scotch whisky. With its combination of light whiskies from Scotland’s east coast and dark, peaty whiskies from the west, Red Label is defined by intense, spicy, zingy, edgy flavors.
Johnnie Walker Black Label: Black Label the gold standard of the whisky blender’s art. Johnnie Walker has the luxury of exclusive access to Scotland’s very best whiskies, ranging from the powerful west coast malts to the subtle whiskies of the east coast. Black Label draws upon all of these notes, culminating in a smooth blend of incredible complexity and character.
Johnnie Walker Green Label: The Green Label Blended Scotch Whisky is a rich blend using only single malts drawn from the four corners of Scotland: Talisker introduces power and depth of character, Caol Ila™ contributes mystery and intensity and, at its heart, Cragganmore™ provides a sweet maltiness.
Johnnie Walker Double Black: Johnnie Walker Double Black is Johnnie Walker Black Label amplified, taking its intensity to unexplored territory. Hand-picked whiskies that are defined by notes of smoldering charcoal, including more Islay malts, are chosen for their smoky profile. Then once matured in heavily-charred oak casks, the result is not only a smokier blend, but an unquestionably smooth liquid as well.
Johnnie Walker Gold Label : Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve has a very sweet and fruity nose with honey, apricot, and raisin. These fruit notes are monstrous and leap out of the glass. Underneath this fruit is a very subtle smoke, a little salinity, a touch of oak spice, and a little barnyard hay. The entry for Gold Label Reserve feels a little thin and watery, which is a disconnect from the extremely expressive nose. It takes a moment for the flavors to really arrive on the palate, but once they do they are a pale version of the notes in the nose with honeyed malt, apricot, and raisin.
Johnnie Walker Platinum Label: Johnnie Walker Platinum Label was inspired by the tradition of giving private blends to a close circle of family and friends by John Walker & Sons. Blended from Scotch Whiskies that have matured for at least 18 years, it combines sophisticated and contemporary tastes with classic Johnnie Walker flavors. When you want to make a special occasion truly exceptional, Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18 Year Old is the discerning choice.
The list goes on and on, but one thing is sure any of the above johnnie walker whisky will give you a different experience.