6 Things You Didn’t Know About Johnnie Walker

Did you know these six facts about the world’s most popular brand of whisky?
6 Things You Didn’t Know About Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker was originally called Walker’s Kilmarnock Whisky.

Named for the Scottish grocer Johnnie Walker, who founded the whisky company and originally sold the whisky in his grocer’s shop in Ayrshire, Scotland, Johnnie Walker whisky was originally called Walker’s Kilmarnock Whisky.

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Ironically, Johnnie was a teetotaler, someone who practices abstinence from alcohol.

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Johnnie Walker Black Label and other color editions didn’t exist until Johnnie’s son, Alexander, took over the distillery. The brand's iconic square bottle was introduced by Alexander in 1870.

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The whisky brand is the most famous and widely distributed brand of blended Scotch whisky in the world and is sold in every country.

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President Richard Nixon enjoyed mixing Johnnie Walker Blue Label with ginger ale.

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Johnnie Walker bottles have made countless appearances in TV shows and movies, including Superman 3, in which Superman drinks Johnnie Walker Red Label after he’s exposed to synthetic kryptonite, and The Sopranos, in which Salvatore Bonpensiero gives a bottle of Johnnie Walker Gold Label as a gift.


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