Often when we travel we like to buy duty free alcohol and one of my favorites is buying Johnnie Walker duty free. If you’re wondering where in the world is the cheapest place to pick up a bottle of the Scotch whisky, well, that’s Singapore. A bottle of blue label typically goes for USD $205. And the most expensive? That’s Germany at a whopping USD$349. Take a look here for more Johnnie Walker duty free price comparisons.
A Bit of Background
Johnnie Walker is a Scotch whisky that originated in a part of Scotland called Ayrshire. Interestingly, it’s the most widely distributed blend of Scotch on the globe – it’s sold in just about every country. Yearly sales of the fine tipple reach around 130 million bottles. In 2011 alone, the brand sold more than one million cases in Thailand, USA and Brazil and more than 500 00 cases in Australia and Mexico.
Johnnie Walker Duty Free – Blue Label
The Blue Label not only sets the standard for the whisky distributor, but is by far one of the most popular in the brand’s range. The Blue Label boasts multiple layers of flavors drawn from rare, hand-selected casks from across Scotland. According to the distributors, the flavors are influenced by “the smoke of the west and the rich, sweet whiskies of the east.”
Although the Blue Label takes longer to evolve, it offers a great deal of delicious depth. The smokiness comes from the unique, closed distillery of Port Ellen which makes for an elegant and sophisticated finish.
Blue Label really is the epitome of blending and when looking for a bottle of Johnnie Walker duty free, this bottle makes for a generous gift or indulgent keepsake. Blue Label was created to reflect the whiskies of the early 19th century and the casks in which the whisky is distilled are hand-selected and set aside for their unique flavor, quality and character.
When you look for Johnnie Walker Duty Free, look out for the most recent edition to the line, the John Walker. This blend has been created as a tribute to the founder of the Scotch. It’s a hand-crafted blend in a single barrel, made only in batches of 330 bottles. It’s an incredibly rare blend of an impressive 9 whiskies including those from the Cambus and Glen Albyn distilleries. The presentation is exquisite: each bottle is an individually numbered Baccarat crystal decanter which has been hand blown, polished and engraved. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the bottles are finished by one of just three master craftsmen!
Jonnie Walker Duty Free – Red
Red Label is another popular whisky with an exuberant and distinctive flavor. This blend was designed to be enjoyed slowly and was originally introduced as Extra Special Old Highland Whisky. It later became popular as Red Label in 1909. This delightful blend can be found in over 200 countries around the world. (For Johnnie Walker duty free price comparisons, check out Duty Free Addict). Red Label is one of the world’s most favored whiskies and has truly captured international spirit with its lingering, light grains and smoky, spicy malts.
Johnnie Walker Duty Free – Black Label
Black is sophisticated. It’s associated with elegance and style and sheer opulence. The sheer black dress is a cultured choice and a black tuxedo can transform even the scruffiest of men. Black is also intriguing – it conjures and illusion mystery and the excitement of something soon to be revealed. And this is very evident in Jonnie Walker’s Black Label.
Black Label is a mysterious, complex and deep flavor, which also boasts refinement. It’s one of the more luxurious blends in the selection and enjoys its own unique personality. Black Label is made up of over 40 whiskies – all of which are 12 years or older.
Johnnie Walker’s range tends to enjoy high scores at international Spirit ratings competitions as well as from various liquor review bodies. The Green Label boasts a string of gold medals from between 2005 and 2007 at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the Gold Label has gained double gold medals at the same competition between 2008 and 2009. It won a gold medal in 2010.
Johnnie Walker in Pop Culture
If you’re considering whether or not to pick up a bottle of Jonnie Walker duty free, consider this:
- Red Label is mentioned several times in the Lynyrd Skynyard tune “Poison Whisky”
- Red Label is the tipple of choice for the police chief in every Jesse Stone movie. He drinks two glasses of whiskey on ice every night before going to bed.
- In the remake of the T.V show “Starsky and Hutch” in 2004, Starsky mentions Johnnie red when he goes undercover.
- The evil superman in Superman III drinks numerous shots of Red Label in the bar before fighting the good Clark Kent.
- Blue Label is regularly seen being enjoyed by the character Jack Donaghy in the T.V show 30 Rock.
- Black Label is consumed by Harrison Ford in the film Blade Runner
- Black Label is also used by Harrison Ford as Raiders of the Lost Ark character, Indiana Jones.
- Black Label is the favored drink or character Dr. Perry Cox in the T.V series Scrubs
- Poulet Street, an indie film, sees the leading characters Charlie, Sam and Joe drinking Johnnie Walker Platinum Label in the opening scene.
- When luring a target into thinking it’s celebration time, Michael in the T.V drama Burn Notice refers to Jonnie Walker Blue.
- Blue Label is also mentioned in The West Wing in one episode during a flashback where drinks are poured from the Blue Label bottle.
- A song called “I Drink Alone” by George Thorogood mentions “my pal Johnnie Walker, his brothers Black and Red…”
Johnnie Walker duty free really does make for a great travelling purchase. It is one of the best-selling whiskies in the world and evidently the most enjoyed! Some duty free stores at airports will allow you to order your bottle online and will have it ready for you when you get there. Some stores even offer worldwide shipping for your convenience.
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