Founded in the first half of the 19th century, John Walker and Sons, makers of Johnnie Walker, are one of the longest continuously running whisky making companies in the world. Starting from humble beginnings as a grocer, the company grew through the 1800s until it was selling some 100,000 gallons of blended whisky a year in the 1860s.

The modern era began in 1908, when the flagship blend became known as Johnnie Walker, named after the company's founder.

Now a subsidiary of Diageo, the world's largest drinks company, John Walker and Sons continues to produce a wide range of whiskies, from the entry-level Red Label all the way up to the £12,000 a bottle John Walker & Sons Diamond Jubilee, released in 2012.

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