Out there right now are millions of men who work hard, make money, and relish a drink or two at the end of the day. These men are not experimental when it comes to alcohol--they have their brands and stick to those brands, saving their risks for other ventures. Having developed a taste for Scotch whisky over the years, their brand of choice became Johnnie Walker. The beautiful bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky that they received as a gift or bought for themselves after closing a major deal remains\u00a0one of their most prized possessions, as does the box it came in.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn the land\u00a0of alcohol, Johnnie Walker is a living dynasty and Johnnie Walker Blue Label is king of that dynasty. Accordingly, next to ringside seats or a box of Cuban cigars, a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue is the perfect gift in the business world. Give your valued client a bottle and watch them treat you with a newfound respect. Likewise, if your boss or an associate hands you a bottle as a \u201cthank you\u201d, rest assured you\u2019re doing something right and are on your way up.\r\n\r\nOf course for every fan of the expression there are legions of hipsters and connoisseurs who will scoff at the hefty price tag before launching into a diatribe about better whiskies at far less cost, but those hipsters and connoisseurs are already missing the point. Johnnie Walker Blue Label is part spirit, part symbolic entity. Similar to dining at Spago or staying at a Four Seasons Hotel, the exclusivity is as much a part of the appeal as the quality.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIt's therefore only natural that Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch Whisky announces itself before you\u2019ve even opened it. The bottle comes in a hefty, visually stunning box that exudes prestige and distinction and is too aesthetically formidable to leave you anything but impressed. You lift the lid as though opening an instrument case to discover a perfectly tinted bottle inside, one that\u2019s adorned with modest, refined touches and a name nearly 200 years in the making. Between the hand-stamped label on the bottle and the story printed on the box there\u2019s a palpable vibe that you\u2019re drinking something special.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nJohnnie Walker Blue offers no age statement and uses a blend that consists of both malts and grains. That unique blend becomes apparent once you pour yourself a dram and take a big whiff, noticing how the malt element is discernibly muted compared to other expressions in\u00a0the brand's portfolio. In addition to those understated notes of malted barley are aromatics\u00a0of vanilla and oak and then a flowery, confectionary\u00a0fragrance vaguely reminiscent of expensive bath soap and freshly baked pastries.\r\n\r\nYou take a sip and the taste is exceptionally smooth, almost to the point of abstraction. Layers of honey\u00a0and oak share a space with malt as\u00a0wisps of smoke, spice and chocolate linger in the background. You let the 40% ABV whisky\u00a0hang in the mouth and a clean, completely burn-free smoothness truly stays its course, an achievement unto itself whereas even the most premium of spirits usually present\u00a0at least a little heat if you keep them in your mouth long enough. That consistent,\u00a0immaculate texture carries effortlessly into the finish,\u00a0joined by subtle bursts of oak, malt, honey and chocolate.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNeedless to say (even if I\u2019ve said it like five times already), Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky is a defiantly\u00a0smooth dram. Flavour wise--with the presence of oak and honey coupled with notes of malt and chocolate--the taste seems to almost exist somewhere between premium Scotch and premium bourbon. Personally, I prefer the more robust and remarkably\u00a0balanced profile of Johnnie Walker Green Label, but the Blue definitely makes good on its promise of liquid elegance by way of an unwavering, silky character. Meanwhile, the brilliant presentation offers refined luxury\u00a0in lieu of tasteless opulence.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn our current era of a zillion choices, Johnnie Walker (currently owned by Diageo) can be controversial among hardcore whisky enthusiasts, often for no other reason than ubiquity. After all, every single bar on the planet has a bottle of Red Label and Black Label on the shelf, and for many drinkers the book on Scotch both opens and closes with Johnnie Walker. Such massive\u00a0popularity is bound to summon a slew of detractors, but those same detractors frequently ignore the obvious reasons behind the brand's ongoing legacy. Put simply, Johnnie Walker is a longstanding name that runs the full spectrum of blended whisky options and delivers\u00a0a dependable, classic taste that drinkers\u00a0don\u2019t have to over-think.\r\n\r\nFurthermore, there\u2019s something qualitatively unifying\u00a0about a brand with such omnipresent appeal. Two casual drinkers are far more likely to find common ground over a glass of Johnnie Walker Black or Blue than are two hardcore snobs\u00a0who associate their individual personalities with specific flavour profiles and constantly argue the merits of various production methods. In other words, sometimes a front-runner is necessary and welcomed if only because it enables and maintains a genuine connection. It also allows the singular experience of giving or receiving a box of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky to remain universally thrilling and symbolically relevant. This is royalty in a bottle. Long live the king.\r\nJohnnie Walker\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.