The End Of Johnnie Walker – reports inaccurate

The End Of Johnnie Walker

Mar 23 2012 (Source NDJworld)

KILMARNOCK – The last bottle of the world renowned whiskey Johnnie Walker is being filled and with it the company Diageo will close the factory’s doors … forever.

For Black or Red label whiskey lovers, the news comes as a slam to the forehead with a brick. So does it for the 700 employees that still work at the Kilmarnock, Scotland, factory were the legendary whiskey has been brewed and bottled since 1820.

For the Scottish community the news has been equally unsettling and protests against the closure have been plentiful. But even Scottish Premier Alex Salmond was unable to convince Diageo to keep the factory open and the tantalizing liquor flowing.

The company had already announced in 2009 that it planned to close the Johnnie Walker factory. Of the 700 employees, 430 accepted a departure severance pay, about 200 of them found work at other jobs within the company and 82 employees were terminated.

Johnnie Walker factory in Kilmarnock Scotland closes its doors. Photo Credit: BRUNO

The last bottle of Johnnie Walker to roll off the assembly line will be on display at a museum that is about the history of the brand.

The very first Walker’s Kilmarnock Whisky bottle was sold in 1820.

It is the most widely distributed brand of blended Scotch whisky in the world, sold in almost every country with yearly sales of over 130 million bottles.

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  • DMITRI ALLICOCK  On 04/05/2012 at 12:39 pm

    A bit of Guyana’s Scottish history will pass on when Johnnie Walker ceases. Scottish whisky in Guyana is as old as the first Scottish Highlander from the 1740s to anchor ship in the colony of Demerara and probable dates back further to the early Dutch.
    There are few things more Scottish than whisky, that golden liquid that burns a path down your throat. In fact, the Gaelic word for whisky is uisge beatha, which literally means “fire water.”
    Of all the products associated with Scotland, Scotch whisky reigns supreme. Ever since, scholars and authors, when writing of Scotland, have born testimony to the remarkable qualities of Scotland’s national alcoholic beverage. Writing of the Isle of Lewis in 1695, Martin, the Macleod of Macleod’s factor, commented that ‘the air is temperately cold and moist, and for the corrective, the natives use a dose of trestarig or uisgebeatha.’
    John Walker, the 1805 born Scotsman, must rest easily to know how famous his special historical blend became as many flush faced happy customers of past and present Guyana would certainly agree. No more Johnnie Walker! No problem, for there is a never ending supply of the best spirits in the world, produced by Guyana.
    Drinks are on me. Cheers and bottoms up.

  • dkraju  On 04/06/2012 at 2:31 am

    Sad but is diageo coming out with a new label?

  • Clyde Duncan  On 04/07/2012 at 4:58 am

    I suppose Dmitri is referring to Demerara rum?? Nothing new about that, eh!!

  • bundaberg distilling company  On 04/13/2012 at 1:58 am

    Keep your closures of distilleries to overseas. Don’t bring your bullshirt policies of shutting down places to save money over to Australia and Bundaberg rum, cause you will get even more backlash than in Scotland.

  • Hamada Kamel  On 05/15/2012 at 11:04 am

    Life without Black Label – LIFELESS

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