Johnnie Walker is the most widely distributed blended Scotch whisky brand in the world, which is only possible because many of their main expressions are relatively cheap. However, there are many Johnnie Walker whiskies that are actually very high-priced. That’s why I decided to compile a list of the twelve most expensive Johnnie Walker whiskies – so far.
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1. Johnnie Walker Blue Label – $244
As mentioned, most of the main Johnnie Walker expressions are relatively cheap, which makes it even more noticeable when one of them is much more expensive. The following table shows the approximate prices of the main Johnnie Walker whiskies:
|Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years||$40|
|Johnnie Walker Double Black||$48|
|Johnnie Walker Red Label||$22|
|Johnnie Walker Blue Label||$244|
|Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve||$80|
|Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Years||$67|
|Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years||$95|
As you can see, while the main Johnnie Walker whiskies are not exactly cheap, and several are more expensive than the others, the Blue Label is significantly more expensive than all of them. However, it’s significantly better too.
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2. Johnnie Walker George V Backgammon Set – $3,886
John Walker & Sons Blue Label King George V was created to celebrate the monarch who granted the brand their first Royal Warrant (which is just a fancy way of saying they’re legally allowed to advertise the fact that they supply their whisky to the royal family) in 1934. It contains whiskies from distilleries that existed during his reign, which are some of the rarest in the Johnnie Walker reserves that come from irreplaceable casks.
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V Backgammon Set comes with two beautiful crystal tumblers from designer William Yeoward, and is housed in a hand-tooled bespoke leather backgammon set of the finest quality from luxury Mayfair firm William & Son. Only 250 of these sets have been made and at auction one of them sold for $3,886.
3. Johnnie Walker Epic Dates 1920 Edition – $3,950
The Epic Dates Collection are Johnnie Walker whiskies that celebrate important years in the brand’s history. The 1920 Edition is the fifth release in the series and commemorates the year John Walker & Sons whisky reached the four corners of the world. The brand had been established in 1820 and after 100 years, its whiskies were now available in 120 countries.
There are only 540 bottles of Johnnie Walker Epic Dates 1920 Edition and they come in a hand-crafted, lockable, wooden box. The highest price one of these bottles fetched at auction was $3,950.
4. Johnnie Walker 38 Years Old 1938 – $5,070.42
In 1938, Johnnie Walker produced its first 38 year old whisky. It commemorated the indomitable spirit of the Chinese people. 1938 was the year Johnnie Walker launched its first advertisement in China and it communicated the brand’s ‘Keep Walking’ spirit, which encouraged many during an important time for China.
The Johnnie Walker 38 Years Old 1938 Edition costs HK$39,800 or $5,070.42.
5. Johnnie Walker Master Blenders 30 Year – $8,602
The first edition of the John Walker & Sons Master Blenders Collection is a tribute to Alexander Walker (he was the son of John Walker) as he was a legendary master blender and visionary pioneer who perfected the art of whisky blending.
The blend is made with rare Scotch whiskies – all of which are at least 30 years old, and it comes with a Victorian style Baccarat crystal decanter and lock-and-key box.
There are only 1,438 Johnnie Walker Master Blenders 30 Year editions, so it’s possible to buy one for less than the most expensive price this fetched at auction, which was $8,602.
6. Johnnie Walker Master’s Ruby Reserve – $17,516.44
The Johnnie Walker Masters Series celebrates the craftsmanship it takes to make whisky. Four masters combined their knowledge and skills to create three exceptional whiskies.
The Johnnie Walker Master’s Ruby Reserve 40 Year Old, was created to commemorate master blender Jim Beveridge’s ruby (40 – now it all makes sense) anniversary at the brand. It contains eight 40 year old rare whiskies from four Johnnie Walker ghost distilleries (meaning distilleries that are closed and not producing whisky but that still contain rare and irreplaceable stock) as well as other highly aged whiskies from other distilleries.
It comes in a ruby colored Baccarat crystal decanter and a bespoke cabinet by NEJ Stevenson – cabinet maker to the Queen. Only 398 bottles are available and the most expensive was sold for $17,516.44.
7. Johnnie Walker Bottled in the 1900s – $20,880.87
Between 1906 – 1909 Johnnie Walker whiskies were rebranded. All the expressions were renamed after their label color and the bottles began to feature the famous striding man.
This bottle was produced before the rebranding. The label is slanted like they are now, but the bottle does not have the striding man. It’s true name is the John Walker & Sons Old Highland Whisky, but it has affectionately become known to collectors as the ‘White Label’.
The most expensive price for a bottle of John Walker & Sons Old Highland Whisky / White Label is $20,880.87.
8. Johnnie Walker Masters of Flavor – $23,530.55
Another of the Johnnie Walker Masters Series, this is a 48 year old whisky created from a never-to-be-repeated blend of extremely rare whiskies from four Johnnie Walker ghost distilleries.
Only 288 Johnnie Walker Masters of Flavor were made and, like the Master’s Ruby Reserve, they come in a Baccarat crystal decanter (though green this time not ruby) and bespoke cabinet. The highest price for one of these whiskies is $23,530.55.
9. Johnnie Walker Masters’ Edition – $25,000
The last in the Johnnie Walker Masters Series, this whisky is a tribute to the brand’s founder – John Walker. It’s a blend of six exceptionally rare whiskies each of which are at least 50 years old and from distilleries used in John Walker’s lifetime.
Only 100 Johnnie Walker Masters’ Edition were made, and they too come in a Baccarat crystal decanter (this time it’s black) and bespoke cabinet. The price tag for this bottle of whisky is $25,000.
10. Johnnie Walker 1805 Celebration Blend – $31,101
200 bottles of Johnnie Walker 1805 Celebration Blend were created to mark the 200th anniversary of the birthday of John Walker. These bottles were actually never intended for public sale, as all the bottles were gifted to (still unknown) people who met the condition of ‘made a significant contribution to modern life’.
All the whiskies in this blend are between 45 – 70 years old and come from only nine casks. The bottles come in a Victorian style, ornate leather and wooden writing case, which includes a replica antique nib pen and a replica of Alexander Walker’s handwritten book of blending recipes.
The most expensive of these bottles sold for $31,101.
11. Johnnie Walker Vodafone McLaren – $34,801.45
The full name of this whisky is the John Walker & Sons Signature Blend, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Edition. It’s a blend of Johnnie Walker whiskies made to match the palate of 2009 Formula 1 champion, Jensen Button.
Only 25 bottles were made, and they can be bought at auction or at the Johnnie Walker House in Shanghai for £30,000 or $34,801.45. But there’s no need to be disappointed if you can’t get a bottle. The most important takeaway from this bottle of whisky is that you can get one to match your own palate too!
12. Johnnie Walker Diamond Jubilee – $216,617
As holders of the Royal Warrant, Johnnie Walker marked the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (60 years on the throne) with a blend containing whiskies that were all distilled in 1952 – the year of the Queen’s accession.
The whiskies were married in two small casks made with oak from the Royal Estate at Sandringham and laid down at the Royal Lochnagar distillery, which is close to the Queen’s Balmoral Castle. 60 bottles – one for each year of the Queen’s reign, were bottled on the 6th of February 2012 – the actual day of the anniversary.
The whisky comes in a diamond-shaped Baccarat crystal decanter, set with a half-carat diamond in a Britannia silver collar and a bespoke cabinet, crafted from Sandringham oak and Balmoral Caledonian pine. The cabinet is inlaid with exquisite marquetry using veneers from countries of the Commonwealth. Two hand-engraved, English lead crystal whisky glasses are included.
It costs a whopping $216,617, but profits from this whisky were donated to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, which funds world class training of craftsmen and women in traditional skills.