John Walker was born in 1805, and opened his first business (a grocery store) at the age of 15. John Walker had been experimenting with tea blending, and began blending whiskies in the same way. His whiskies were soon on sale, and before long, started receiving critical acclaim. John Walker died in 1857, and passed the business along to his son Alexander. Alexander was responsible for aggressively promoting the brand. As the British Empire expanded, so too did Johnnie Walker. The business was passed on to Alexander's sons, and the brand became even more recognized around the world. Today, Johnnie Walker is the world's leading producer of Scotch Whisky.
94 Points Wine Enthusiast - This maple syrup-toned spirit is a blend of Islay and Speyside malts, with no grain whisky added. The result is an effortless mix of lightly smoky and oaky caramel notes, and a smooth, velvety feel. A splash of branchwater amps up the peat quotient.