History & Heritage

With the widest selection of Scotch reserves in the world to draw from and over 200 years of whisky-making heritage, Johnnie Walker is a well traveled Scot who’s showing no signs of slowing down in his older years.

When John Walker lost his father in 1819, the young Scot didn’t foresee a life spent on the family farm. A charismatic young man with fire in his belly and a spring in his step, John sold the farm and tapped his entrepreneurial spirit to open a grocery store in the bustling hub of Kilmarnock.

At the time, grocers were often a one-stop shop for everything on a shopping list so their proprietors often sold wine and spirits alongside groceries. To boost their profits, many turned their hand at bonding (aging) or distilling their own spirits and John soon discovered a natural talent for blending whisky.

It being Scotland, this newfound ability did not go unnoticed and John’s popularity rose with that of his celebrated blends. Scotland got to know Johnnie, but it wouldn’t be until after John Walker’s death before the world became acquainted with his famous whisky.

The turn of the century ushered in a new, modern era of blended Scotch whisky and John’s son, Alexander, was a man of the times. With the arrival of a railway in Kilmarnock, Scotland opened up to the rest of the world and Alexander forged new trade routes. Merchant sailors, accustomed to worldly delights and exotic spices, recognised good whisky when they drank it. It wasn’t long before John Walker & Sons’ whisky made its way to the four corners globe; forever shared, never spilled.

Today, Johnnie Walker is the world’s number one Scotch whisky (IWSR 2018), loved across the world for its consistent quality and depth and commitment to innovation.

From the legendary Johnnie Walker striding man to when this famous Scotch whisky got the royal seal of approval, you can find out more about the history of Johnnie Walker here.

Johnnie Walker Craft

Johnnie Walker is carefully crafted with passion in Scotland by a small team of 12 whisky experts, led by Master Blender, Jim Beveridge.

With access to over 29 distilleries across the main regions (the Lowlands, the Highlands, Speyside and the Islands) – an unrivalled selection of casks and continued exploration into ‘ghost’ distilleries, the Johnnie Walker team continue to pioneer the Scotch category with innovative new whiskies.

Each of the whisky-making regions of Scotland have specific characteristics and varying flavour profiles. Johnnie Walker pulls smoky complexities from Island whiskies like Caol Ila to balance with Speyside fruits, floral Highland malts and creamy Lowland malts and grains. With this access to such a multitude of flavours and styles of Scotch, the team at Johnnie Walker are permitted to craft wonderfully balanced whiskies that can hold spectacular depths and breadths of flavours.

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