When it comes to choosing the perfect holiday gift for a whisky lover with impeccable taste, you can’t do much better this season than Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Of course, the same was true last year and will almost certainly be true next year.
So why doesn’t this Scotch whisky ever go out of style? From its rich history and expert craftsmanship to its exacting barrel selection and rarity, Johnnie Walker Blue Label is one special bottle — and a memorable gift that shows someone you think they deserve the best. Here’s why:
A History of Innovation
Johnnie Walker’s history starts with humble beginnings that blossomed into one of the world’s best-known spirits. In 1820, when Johnnie Walker’s founder, John Walker, was a young man, his father passed — so to support himself, he sold his family’s farm and opened a grocer in the nearby town of Kilmarnock. It was there that he discovered he had a mind for business — and whisky.
Although most grocers sold a single malt whisky at the time, John found that he had a knack for blending whiskies to achieve the perfect flavor profile. His whisky soon became one of the shop’s most asked-for items.
John’s descendants — his son Alexander and grandsons Alexander II and George — built the company into what it is today, from its first commercial whisky in 1867 to the innovation of the square bottle to reduce breakage to the development of its distinctive slanted label and iconic branding. By 1920, the brand had launched its iconic Red and Black labels, and the whisky was in 120 countries.
Today, Johnnie Walker is the top-selling whisky in the world, known for its signature blends of Scotch whisky. Blending is both an art and a science, one that requires incredible knowledge, skill, and dedication. Throughout the years, Johnnie Walker continues to carry on the tradition of its founder and his first blended whisky.
Blue Label: A Rare Find
Johnnie Walker Blue Label debuted in 1992 as a nod back to that first whisky commercial whisky released by the company in 1867, which was then known as Old Highland. Old Highland was crafted at a time when there were fewer casks to choose from, so that selection became paramount. Today, only one in 10,000 casks meets the strict standards to produce Blue Label, a blend of the rarest and most exceptional whiskies from Scotland. So any time you gift a blue-hued bottle emblazoned with Johnnie Walker’s iconic label done in blue and gold, you know you’re giving someone a truly special experience.
A Blended Masterpiece
Johnnie Walker Blue Label is known for its exceptional taste: It starts with a wonderfully mellow, rounded nose with notes of dry smokiness artfully mixed with the sweetness of raisins. Taking a sip gives the drinker a velvety palate of vanilla, honey, and rose petals, before opening up to reveal deeper notes of orange, hazelnut, sherry, and dark chocolate. And the finish? It’s long and rich, with Johnnie Walker’s signature smokiness to savor. No matter how many times you return to it, you’ll never tire of its complex, ever-evolving flavor — and neither will your giftee.
When to Give Johnnie Walker Blue Label
A rare Scotch whisky can show someone you want to give them the best at any special occasion — the holidays, yes, but consider Johnnie Walker Blue Label to mark big moments like weddings, special anniversaries, retirements, and Father’s Day. It’s a bottle they’ll never forget.