Aged: 18 years
Product of: United Kingdom
This ‘Centenary Blend’ was created by Sir Alexander Walker in 1920 to celebrate the founding of the company by John Walker 100 years before. The blend consists of whiskies from both the Highlands and Islay, each matured in oak for at least 18 years.
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.
Sampled on 11/04/2012
Clear, dark golden with bright light golden highlights.
Voluptuous buttered honeycomb with malty cereal, plump dried fruit, just backed crispy bread, rose petal aromas and delicate wafts of salty smoke and peat.
Silky, fruity palate smoothed by rich buttery honey and vanilla, enlivened by a touch of spicy oak, dry nuts and a hint of smoky salty peat.
Gentle honeyed, waxy, vanilla finish.
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