Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club Collection The Royal Route blended Scotch whisky

Difford's Guide

alc./vol: 40%

Proof: 80°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

Released 17th October 2013, the last of three blends in the first Johnnie Walker’s Trade Routes series, inspired by the epic journeys made by the Walker family and their agents, navigating their way along the world’s trade routes. The royal route being from the Far East to the Mediterranean coast.

In August 2014 Diageo lost a lawsuit brought by The Explorers’ Club, a Manhattan based not-for-profit organisation founded in 1904, alleging that the conglomerate had stolen its trademark for its Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club range. The judge ordered Diageo to take bottles of Explorers’ Club whisky off the shelves and to cease using the name. A spokeswoman for Diageo is reported as saying, “We are extremely disappointed and disagree with the decision of Judge Ramos. “We are awaiting official receipt of the order and are planning to seek to stay the injunction while we immediately appeal this case.”

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 26/10/2013


Clear, golden amber.


Dried apple and pear with fresh peach, new leather, restrained peat and gentle alluring spice.


Wonderfully rounded with rich dried fruit, apple and toffee balanced by delicate smoke, gently spiced oak and faint ginger.


Delicately smoked long finish.

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Produced by: Diageo United Kingdom
Owned by: Diageo plc
UK distribution by: Diageo Great Britain
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