We all love our Johnnie Walker whisky, in fact it’s probably safe to say that anyone who drinks has probably hung out with good old John at least a few times. However, how many of us understand the heritage of this iconic brand? and how many really know the difference between the different kinds of Johnnie Walker?
A brief history of Johnnie Walker
The brand had humble beginnings. Started in 1820 by a young John Walker out of a grocers shop in the small but thriving local town of Kilmarnock in Scotland. John loved whisky and used to stock Single Malts in his shop. But one thing about Single Malts of the time irritated him. They were never all that consistent, meaning the bottle of whiskey you so enjoyed a day ago, could taste completely different the next time you purchased it.
So to solve this problem, John created his own blend of scotch and the rest as they say is history. Below is everything casual drinkers need to know about the different types of Johnnie Walker. Those who want more information can feel free to follow the sources cited at the end of the article.
The top selling scotch whiskey from across the world, Red label is the perfect bottle for all those who like to indulge in a post work drink (And don’t want to go broke). Highly versatile and with universal appeal, it has a bold, characterful flavor that shines through even when mixed. This is probably the only Johnnie Walker blend that you can have with coke without facing the ire of connoisseurs.
The life of every fancy Indian wedding, Black Label is one of the most renowned Whiskies in the world and often considered better than many of its more expensive counterparts. Created using only whiskies aged for a minimum of 12 years from the four corners of Scotland, Johnnie Walker Black Label has an unmistakably smooth, deep, complex character. The beautiful hint of smokiness in Black Label is definitely something everyone loves.
The successor to Black Label, launched to the larger public in 2013. Taking Black label as a blue print and adding heavily peated malts and some aged in deeply charred oak casks. This whisky is a must have for anyone who prefers a smokier whisky. An impressive whisky to have indeed.
Crafted from a palette of Speyside, Highland, Lowland and Island malts and matured for at least 15 years, it delivers all the character of a single malt whisky, but with a greater depth of flavor. Each malt whisky that is blended has been aged for a minimum of 15 years. Arguably the most underrated of the family, Green label is a drink to be enjoyed when looking to unwind on vacation.
Gold Label Reserve
The successor to Gold Label, Gold Label reserve is often looked at as a no age statement version of Gold Label. If you like sweet whisky I feel you will definitely enjoy Gold Label. The best occasion for opening one of these bad boys is on a bachelor party or boys trip. This drink would probably be one of the best scotches in town if it packed a bit more of a punch in the alcohol content section.
Any malt that is 18 years of age is going to be amazing and Platinum label is no exception to that rule. A very rich and full bodied whisky, this the perfect gift to a girl’s father. Like with most other Johnnie Walkers using mixers with this one is a big no no and will butcher the exceptional taste of the whisky. What makes it different from a lot of the other whiskies in the family is the spice and heat of the grain whisky.
Finally down to our last entry in the Johnnie Walker family. There is nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said about the top dog in the family. Also known as Max Walker, this whisky looks to recreate the magic of the earliest 19th century blends. According to the Johnnie Walker website “Only one in every ten thousand casks has the elusive quality, character and flavour to deliver the’ remarkable signature taste of Johnnie Walker Blue Label.” So make sure that you save this Whisky for the rarest of occasions.
So now you’re in the know, go pick up a nice bottle of Johnnie Walker (any color) and examine the taste and enjoy the masterclass blending that makes this whisky so special and perhaps impress your date with your knowledge.