A look at one of Scotland’s most famous whiskies

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Regarded as one of the world’s favourite blended whiskies, Johnnie Walker is exported around the globe from Continental Europe to the USA, as well as South America, South Africa and South East Asia.

The whisky found its beginnings in the Scottish town of Kilmarnock, when John Walker took over the family grocers shop in 1820. Walker began blending his limited stock of whiskies to suit his customers, and today the blend is made up of several Scottish malt whiskies, the main ones being Glenkinchie, Cardhu, Clynelish and Caol Ila.

Three main popular blends are available, each distinctive from each other, and are the White Label, Black Label and Red Label. These descriptions were added to the Johnnie Walker brand in 1909. Other blends such as the Gold Label, Double Black Label and the limited edition Blue Label have been added to the collection over the years. The current master blender, Jim Beveridge, has been with the company for over 30 years, and has likened his job to writing a novel or a piece of music.

The iconic figure on the labels is said to be John Walker, drew by Punch cartoonist Tom Browne, and the unusual slant to the labels helped it stand out from the competition when placed on shelves. The distinctive square-shaped bottles were for easy stacking and ensured less breakage during transportation.

Here at H Cooper Glass Engravers, we have a selection of engraved whisky glasses to enjoy red, black, blue or any other coloured whisky label of choice.

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