Though today it’s the world’s best-selling Scotch whisky, with over 150M liters of the stuff sold annually, Johnnie Walker had a humble and unlikely origin. After the passing of his father, Johnnie and the rest of the Walker clan opened a grocery store in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland that eventually began selling its own liquor. The brand massively grew in popularity, and, well, the rest is history. So, while the business wasn’t always a Scottish distillery, the outfit that we now know as Johnie Walker was originally formed in 1820, making 2020 the company’s 200th anniversary.
To mark this hugely illustrious occasion, Johnnie Walker has released four special edition bottles. The first is the Legendary Eight, a blended Scotch that packs a little more punch than the standard Blue Label at 87.6 proof. Then there’s Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design, which is the regular drink in a special bottle and packaging. Next is the John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend, which is modeled after Johnie Walker’s Old Highland Whisky that it produced in the mid-1800s, while the final bottle is a 28-year whisky aiming to replicate the label’s first-ever Scotch. All for bottles are slated for a release in October of 2020.