Although other grains were used, barley was grown specifically for making beer and whisky.However, with the success of blended whisky in the late 19th century, little was drunk as single malt outside the Highlands until the 1980s, when ‘the vintages of the North’ were rediscovered by an enthusiastic public and began to be made available by distillery owners.This makes it difficult to identify the mature products of individual distilleries.Since at least the 1880s, blenders have identified different styles of whisky coming from different parts of Scotland.In 1909, ‘Special Old Highland Whisky’ was renamed Johnnie Walker Red Label and a legend was born.Imbued with pioneering spirit from the outset, Johnnie Walker Red Label traveled “wherever ship could sail”.Johnnie Walker Black Label is our Iconic Blend, recognized as the benchmark for all other deluxe blends.
Then the whiskies made in Campbeltown and Islay were discerned to be different, and the whiskies of Speyside were added to the list.
With the dramatic growth of interest in single malt whiskies since the 1980s, the ‘Highland’ region has been sub-divided into Northern, Western, Eastern, Southern and Islands.
In truth, regional differences in the style and flavour of malt whiskies has more to do with tradition (how a malt is made in one place or another) than terroir, and although it is not possible to make a malt with identical character to another in a different distillery, it is possible to imitate a regional style out-with the region in question.
Johnnie Walker Black Label rolls decadently over the tongue, releasing intense sweet vanillas that give way to orange zest and aromas of spice and raisins.
The finish is unbelievably smooth and layered with rich smoke, peat and malt.