Walker celebrates 200th birthday of John Walker
25 July 2005
July 25th 2005, Johnnie Walker whisky raises a toast
to its founder, John Walker, on his 200th birth anniversary.
Walker was born on 25th July, 1805 at Todriggs Farm,
near Kilmarnock, Scotland. As a young man of 15, he
established a small grocery business in Kilmarnock,
taking the first step on a journey that would span generations
and circle the planet. John Walker used his specialist
tea blending skills to create the original recipe for
what is now the world's leading deluxe Scotch whisky
Walker's legacy was assured as the Walker family remained
at the forefront of the Scotch whisky industry, working
to establish standards of quality and business practise
to create what is now a truly global iconic brand.
a tribute to John Walker, Jim Beveridge, master blender
at Johnnie Walker, has specially created two special,
ultra exclusive whiskies.
first is aptly named "1805". The blend is
housed in stylish packaging and only 200 bottles have
been created making it an unbelievably exclusive whisky.
It is a one-off blend and is a combination of some of
the rarest and finest whiskies in the world. Given its
rarity, the value of the whisky alone is estimated to
be well over £10,000.
ultra limited edition whisky is housed in a hand made
Victorian style writing case and comes with an antique
nib pen. In addition, 200 replicas of the original hand-written
recipe book of Alexander Walker, John Walker's grandson
(with all the ingredients except, of course, the quantities),
have been made and is included in this astounding commemorative
of the 200 bottles will be available for retail sale.
The bottles will be presented to 200 individuals deemed
to have made the most significant contribution to modern
The second edition is a cask strength blend of Blue
Label to celebrate John Walker's pioneering spirit and
groundbreaking style. The full power of the whisky flavours
can be experienced; each true to the Johnnie Walker
tradition, and only 4,000 bottles will be available
is packaged in an exclusive decanter that was specially
designed by Baccarat to mark the occasion. This exclusive
pack will only be sold in very top end outlets such
as Harrods in London or La Fayette Gourmet in Paris.
the decades, Johnnie Walker brands have picked up an
array of prestigious awards. The trend continued in
2005 at the recently held Monde selection awards where
Johnnie Walker Black
Label won a gold medal and Johnnie Walker Blue Label
and Johnnie Walker Gold Label won a grand gold medal.
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