Here we are… the top of the Johnnie Walker lineup. I first heard of Johnnie Walker Blue Label in the early 2000s, before I was really into whisky. Pre-Hurricane Katrina, a friend of mine was saving up for a bottle. She called it her favorite “smoky Scotch.” I’ve been intrigued ever since. Of course, we know the toll that hurricane took on the city of New Orleans. My friend never got to buy that bottle of JW Blue Label, although she still mentions it from time to time. Fast forward many years – I have a sample bottle of the stuff in front of me. As I dive into the whisky in my glass, I can’t help being reminded of the nearly empty fishbowl that sat on my friend’s desk with a sign that read “Johnnie Walker Blue Fund”. Good times.