November Brand of the Week: Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker is a brand of Scotch whisky that originated in the Scottish town of Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire. First established by grocer John Walker, the brand is now owned by Diageo.

Walker had managed the grocery, wine, and spirits segment as a teenager in 1820 and by 1825 he was selling spirits, including rum, brandy, gin and whisky. He switched to dealing mainly whisky eventually and since blending of grain and malt whiskies were still banned, he sold both blended malt whiskies and grain whiskies.

Alexander Walker, son of John Walker, inherited the business following his father’s death.

The brand became popular, but after Walker’s death, it was his son Alexander ‘Alec’ Walker and grandson Alexander Walker II who were largely responsible for establishing the whisky as a favoured brand. For most of its history, Johnnie Walker only offered a few blends. Since the turn of the century, there has been a spate of special and limited bottlings.

We are proud to stock some of the most luxurious and iconic ranges from Johnnie Walker onsite here and in-store.

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