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Johnnie Walker Scotch Blue Label 1.75L
Whiskey Advocate 97 points  Wine Enthusiast 93 points  Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points  (3)


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Johnnie Walker Scotch Blue Label
  • Johnnie Walker Scotch Blue Label

Product Information

Country: Scotland
Type: Scotch Whisky
 
Reg. $599.99
Sale Price: $529.99
 
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Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a hand-crafted masterpiece that uses only the rarest of our aged reserved whiskies. Produced in limited quantities, Blue Label has been on an accelerated growth trajectory since 2002 growing in double digits. This growth has been fueled by distribution and visibility, mentored trial and high profile PR exposure. Blue Label is currently available in 750ml and a 200ml size was launched in F04. The Blue Label 1.75L pack is a replica of the 750ml in its dimensions and does not have a handle. Each bottle is individually numbered and produced from superlative casks at select distilleries and packed in a high quality navy blue leatherette case.
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The story of Johnnie Walker begins - naturally enough - with the man who gave our whisky his name. The year was 1819 and John Walker’s father had just died. A tough start for a humble farm lad, you might think, but there was always something special about John. A glint in his eye, a fire in his belly, a spring in step perhaps. The world in those days wasn’t the friendliest of places and John knew it. No time to grieve. There was a living to be made. Within the year, the family farm had been sold and the money used to set him with his own grocer’s shop in the thriving local town of Kilmarnock. It was a smart move. John had a natural gift for business. He also had a genius for whisky. In those days, most grocers stocked a line of single malts, but they were never all that consistent. This wasn’t good enough for John, who started blending them together so his whisky tasted just as good every time. It proved an extremely popular addition to the inventory. When John finally passed away after a full and prosperous life in 1857, he left his son, Alexander, with a very healthy business. These were fast moving times. Britain was the pulsating heart of an Industrial Revolution that was set to change absolutely everything. In Kilmarnock, the railway had arrived, carrying goods to the great ships that were plying regular routes to the four corners of the world. Alexander knew a golden opportunity when he saw one. In 1867, he launched Johnnie Walker’s first commercial blend and called it ‘Old Highland Whisky’. He then made the astute move of engaging ships’ captains as his agents to carry his whisky wherever ships could sail. Before long, his unique blend was available around the globe. Soon afterwards, Alexander began using the famous square bottle to reduce breakages and made sure much more of his whisky arrived intact at its destination. He also added the distinctive label, slanted at precisely 24 degrees, to make it stand out even further from the crowd. In 1889, it was Alexander’s turn to pass on the Walker name, leaving the company to his sons, Alexander II and George - the former a master blender and the latter a master businessman. In 1909, Alexander and George renamed their successful new range of whiskies after the colors of their distinctive labels. Johnnie Walker Red Label and Johnnie Walker Black Label were born. It was around this time that the leading young illustrator of the day, Tom Browne, sketched an idea for a logo on the back of a menu during lunch. Alexander and George adopted the ‘Striding Man’ immediately. At a stroke, John Walker the Victorian grocer became Johnnie Walker, the Edwardian dandy. Arourd the world, we sailed wherever ship could sail By 1920, Johnnie Walker whisky was in 120 countries. As the century progressed, it became part of global culture: immortalised by songwriters and filmmakers, idolised by socialites and movie stars, enjoyed by statesmen and walking shoulder-to-shoulder with the great sportsmen and women of the age. On 1 January 1934, John Walker & Sons was granted a Royal Warrant by King George V to supply whisky to the royal household. We still hold a Royal Warrant today. Bottles of Johnnie Walker Black Label being prepared By the end of the 20th Century, the pioneering Johnnie Walker Red Label and iconic Johnnie Walker Black Label had been joined by the pinnacle of the blender’s art, Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Our award-winning range continues to grow, with the addition of Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve and Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years. Today, Johnnie Walker is the biggest whisky brand in the world and its slogan has been adopted and embraced everywhere, as a rallying cry for progress, as encouragement in adversity, as a joyful expression of optimism and as the best piece of advice you’re ever likely to hear.

Whiskey Advocate 97 points - Top 10 Whiskies from the Spring 2018 Buying Guide - Magnificently powerful and intense. Caramels, dried peats, elegant cigar smoke, seeds scraped from vanilla beans, brand new pencils, peppercorn, coriander seeds, and star anise make for a deeply satisfying nosing experience. Silky caramels, bountiful fruits of ripe peach, stewed apple, orange pith, and pervasive smoke with elements of burnt tobacco. An abiding finish of smoke, dry spices, and banoffee pie sweetness. Close to perfection.-Jonny McCormick  (Mar 2018)

Wine Enthusiast 93 points - Featured as a blend of Johnnie Walker’s rarest whiskies, this Scotch billows with sweet cigar smoke from the very first sip. Underneath that, look for vanilla, oak and dry cocoa, finishing dry and spicy with cigar wrapper, allspice and clove, plus a mouthwatering saline note. - K.N.  (Dec 2014)

Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - A truly distinguished dram with allusions to baked apricot, treacle, sweet smoke, and buttered brioche on the nose. Perfectly balanced and fruit-forward on the palate, a slight whisper of smoke creeps in and builds onto an everlasting finish. Outstanding. -2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge (Excellent, Highly Recommended) (Apr 2019)