How to Drink Johnnie Walker Blue: Savoring Whisky Excellence

Last Updated on October 15, 2023 by Lydia Martin

As an experienced mixologist, I’m often asked about the finer points of enjoying top-shelf spirits. 

Johnnie Walker Blue is one of the most revered and sought-after expressions in the world, and it is important to approach the spirit with the utmost reverence and respect.

In this guide, I will take you through the steps of how to drink Johnnie Walker Blue, ensuring that you unlock the full depth of its rich, smoky, and velvety character.

4 Ways To Enjoy Johnnie Walker Blue Label

1. Neat

Bottle and a Glass of Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Drinking Johnnie Walker Blue straight is a practice that demands a deep appreciation of this fine Scotch whisky made from fermented malted barley. 

Before you drink whisky, cool your tongue with ice water to clean your taste buds. 

“[Johnnie Walker] is pursuit of smoother, richer, and consistent Scotch.” – Erwan Morgan, Brand Ambassador

Get a tulip-shaped glass and pour the whisky. Gently swirl to release the aromas, and take a small sip, allowing the whisky to coat your taste buds. Let it linger for a moment before swallowing.

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2. On The Rocks

You can drink whisky on the rocks. It is a popular way to enjoy fine whisky while appreciating the interplay between its flavors and the gradual dilution. 

Pour the whisky and gently place the large ice cubes. Swirl gently to release the whisky’s aroma, bring it to your nose, and inhale slowly. 

Savor the whisky’s evolving profile, as coldness can mellow the initial intensity and refresh the mouth. 

3. With A Dash Of Water

Close Up Image of Johnnie Walker Blue Label

A dash of water is a refined approach that can reveal hidden depths and complexities within the single malt blended whisky. 

Pour the whisky, add a small dash of water to your whisky, around a few drops to a teaspoon, and slowly taste it. 

4. In Cocktails

It can also be used as a sophisticated cocktail component and works well in many different ways. 

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Feeling Blue

A cocktail that offers a smooth and contemplative taste experience.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 50ml JW Blue
  • 25ml rhubarb liqueur
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 3 drops of Ms. Better’s Miraculous Foamer Bitters

Instructions: Fill an old-fashioned glass with cubed ice. Mix the whisky and the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker to create a frothy foam. Pour the mixture into the glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Serving: 1

Royal Manhattan

Royal Manhattan Cocktail Drink

A regal twist on the classic Manhattan elevated with the Blue JW label.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes


  • 40ml JW Blue
  • 20ml Gari and Oolong Tea infused Dry Vermouth
  • Orange Bitters
  • Grapefruit peel for garnish

Instructions: In a mixing glass, pour the whisky and dry vermouth. Include a dash of Orange Bitters and garnish with grapefruit peel.

Serving: 1

Red Fortune

A vibrant medley of red fruit and citrus, promising a delightful fortune of flavors.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes


  • 50ml JW Blue
  • 10ml Homemade Smoke Black Plum Sweet Vermouth
  • 5ml Punt e Mes
  • 5ml Campari

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir well to mix thoroughly.

Serving: 1

“A glass of Johnnie Walker is a moment of pure sophistication.” -Liquor Laboratory

Bartender Tip: You can add smoked plum to the Red Fortune. Smoked plum complements the fruity notes, and it can enhance the smoky flavors.


Can you consume Johnnie Walker Blue straight?

Yes, you can consume Johnnie Walker straight. It’s a premium Scotch whisky to be enjoyed independently to savor its complex flavors and aromas.

Is Johnnie Walker Blue good for beginners?

Yes, Johnnie Walker can be suitable for beginners due to its smoothness and balanced taste profile.  However, it is a top-shelf liquor [1], so beginners may want to explore more affordable whiskies. But do you know what’s the most expensive Johnnie Walker label?

What do you mix with Johnnie Walker Blue?

Johnnie Walker Blue whisky is usually drunk neat, but as a personal thing and with an open mind, you can mix it with soda, ginger ale, soda water, or a cocktail like a Whisky Sour.

Drinking these whiskies in a cocktail is less common due to its premium quality and cost. 

How is Johnnie Walker Blue Label served?

Johnnie Walker Blue is typically served straight or with a splash of water and occasionally on the rocks. A neat whisky helps you savor its complex flavor profile and aroma [2].


You can enjoy Johnnie Walker Blue Label by sipping the single malt whisky straight and without dilution to experience the full intensity and complexity of the blended whisky. 

Drinking it on the rocks offers a refreshing and more approachable way to enjoy the whisky, and while less common, this exceptional Scotch whisky can elevate cocktails. 



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here or feel free to give Lydia a tip.

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