Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V Blended Scotch Whisky

Difford's Guide

alc./vol: 43%

Proof: 86°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

Created in 2007 to celebrate the first Royal Warrant granted to John Walker & Sons to supply Scotch whisky to the British Royal Household in 1934, the blend consists only of whiskies made in distilleries operational during the reign of King George V, including several no closed such as Port Ellen.

Presented in a suitably luxurious crystal decanter which stands on a matching plinth, like a short dandy of a man in platform shoes, and packaged in a silk-lined card gift box.

In 1820, John Walker, the son of an Ayrshire farmer, established the family grocer’s business at the age of fifteen in Kilmarnock and began selling Scotch whisky. His son, Alexander, joined the business a year before his father died in 1857, and by the time his sons joined the business, it was no longer a grocers, but a firm of whisky merchants.

John Walker’s grandsons patented the name Johnnie Walker in 1908 and launched a White Label, Special Red Label and Extra Special Black label whisky. The white was dropped, but the red and black in their easily recognisable square bottles with the ‘striding dandy’ became internationally successful blends.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 21/10/2011


Clear, dark golden with bright golden highlights.


Fruity Christmas cake soaked in sherry with linseed oil, nuts, vanilla and daffodil floral aromas.


Huge yet graceful with generous sweet fruit, vanilla, caramel and honey balanced by dry lightly smoky oak and spice.


Long surprisingly smoky salty, spicy finish.

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Closure: Natural cork stopper

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Produced by: Johnnie Walker & Sons
Owned by: Diageo plc
UK distribution by: Diageo Great Britain
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