is a brand of Scotch Whisky
owned by Diageo
and originated in Kilmarnock
It is the most widely distributed brand of blended Scotch whisky in the world, sold in almost every country with yearly sales of over 130 million bottles.
Originally known as Walker's Kilmarnock Whisky
, the Johnnie Walker brand is a legacy left by John "Johnnie" Walker
after he started to sell whisky in his grocer's shop in Ayrshire
, Scotland. The brand became popular, but after Walker's death in 1857 it was his son Alexander Walker
and grandson Alexander Walker II
who were largely responsible for establishing the Scotch as a popular brand. Under John Walker, whisky sales represented eight percent of the firm's income; by the time Alexander was ready to pass on the company to his own sons, that figure had increased to between 90 and 95 percent.
Prior to 1860 it was illegal to sell blended whisky
.MacLean, Charles. Scotch Whisky: A Liquid History
. ©2003 Charles MacLean & Cassell Illustrated. London, England. (ISBN 1-84403-078-4) During that time John Walker sold a number of whiskies — notably his own Walker's Kilmarnock
. In 1865 John's son Alexander produced their first blend, Walker's Old Highland
Alexander Walker first introduced the iconic square bottle in 1870. This meant fewer broken bottles and more bottles fitting the same space. The other identifying... Read More