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For over a century, Johnnie Walker has celebrated taking steps forward with our message of Keep Walking and our Striding Man icon. In recognition of women who lead the way, we are unveiling Jane Walker, the first-ever female iteration of the brand's iconic Striding Man logo, in celebration of the many achievements of women. As a brand that has stood for progress for nearly 200 years, Johnnie Walker is proud to take this next step forward by introducing Jane Walker as another symbol of the brand's commitment to progress.
The Jane Walker icon will debut on a special-edition offering of our award-winning Black Label blend. Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition will launch nationwide in March - just in time for Women's History Month celebrations.
The story of Johnnie Walker begins - naturally enough - with the man who gave our whisky his name. The year was 1819 and John Walker's father had just died. A tough start for a humble farm lad, you might think, but there was always something special about John. A glint in his eye, a fire in his belly, a spring in step perhaps. The world in those days wasn't the friendliest of places and John knew it. No time to grieve. There was a living to be made.
Within the year, the family farm had been sold and the money used to set him with his own grocer's shop in the thriving local town of Kilmarnock. It was a smart move. John had a natural gift for business. He also had a genius for whisky. In those days, most grocers stocked a line of single malts, but they were never all that consistent. This wasn't good enough for John, who started blending them together so his whisky tasted just as good every time. It proved an extremely popular addition to the inventory.
Alexander knew a golden opportunity when he saw one. In 1867, he launched Johnnie Walker's first commercial blend and called it Old Highland Whisky'. He then made the astute move of engaging ships captains as his agents to carry his whisky wherever ships could sail. Before long, his unique blend was available around the globe. Soon afterwards, Alexander began using the famous square bottle to reduce breakages and made sure much more of his whisky arrived intact at its destination. He also added the distinctive label, slanted at precisely 24 degrees, to make it stand out even further from the crowd.
In 1889, it was Alexander's turn to pass on the Walker name, leaving the company to his sons, Alexander II and George - the former a master blender and the latter a master businessman. In 1909, Alexander and George renamed their successful new range of whiskies after the colors of their distinctive labels. Johnnie Walker Red Label and Johnnie Walker Black Label were born.
It was around this time that the leading young illustrator of the day, Tom Browne, sketched an idea for a logo on the back of a menu during lunch. Alexander and George adopted the Striding Man immediately. At a stroke, John Walker the Victorian grocer became Johnnie Walker, the Edwardian dandy. Arourd the world, we sailed wherever ship could sail By 1920, Johnnie Walker whisky was in 120 countries. As the century progressed, it became part of global culture: immortalised by songwriters and filmmakers, idolised by socialites and movie stars, enjoyed by statesmen and walking shoulder-to-shoulder with the great sportsmen and women of the age.
On 1 January 1934, John Walker & Sons was granted a Royal Warrant by King George V to supply whisky to the royal household. We still hold a Royal Warrant today. Bottles of Johnnie Walker Black Label being prepared By the end of the 20th Century, the pioneering Johnnie Walker Red Label and iconic Johnnie Walker Black Label had been joined by the pinnacle of the blender's art, Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Our award-winning range continues to grow, with the addition of Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve and Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years.
Today, Johnnie Walker is the biggest whisky brand in the world and its slogan has been adopted and embraced everywhere, as a rallying cry for progress, as encouragement in adversity, as a joyful expression of optimism and as the best piece of advice you're ever likely to hear.
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