Keep Walking, Johnnie: Scotch Tasting Party Idea
By Jimmy Horner, co-founder of TheManRegistry.com
Okay guys, most of us have heard of Johnnie Walker Scotch. For those of you who haven’t, we highly recommend trying it. There are several different types (or blends) of this great scotch. The cheapest, which most of us are familiar with, is called Red Label. Red Label is common in many bars and is a great scotch for making cocktails or even drinking straight or on the rocks. For those of you with a more distinguished taste, Johnnie Walker has the scotch for you. In addition to Red Label, there are several other blends, in order from cheapest to most expensive: Black Label, Green Label, Gold Label, and for the most distinguished gentlemen, the famous Blue Label. At The Man Registry, we prefer Johnnie Walker Blue Label. However, because this is the most expensive of the blends, we’ve devised a way for every person and their friends to be able to enjoy the heavenliness that is Blue Label on the lips. It’s a fun and creative way to get your friends together and have a cocktail party like celebrities do: a cocktail party we like to call “Keep on Walking, Johnnie.”
This party idea isn’t cheap, but broken up between friends and fellow gentlemen, most groups can make it manageable. (If you’re looking for a theme for a guy-friendly couples’ shower, this may be it). First, you’ll need all of your friends to chip in and come up with a total of about $400. Not bad, considering that for $40, you and nine of your friends will all be in for a great night. For the average 750ml of scotch, there are roughly 17 shots, so everyone in the party should have a good time if you have all five common types of Johnnie Walker scotch. Before the party begins, disguise the bottles so that no one, including you, knows which bottle is which. With all of the scotch that will be consumed, it’s a good idea to have plenty of food or appetizers available as well (see our past blog about app day to possibly combine the festivities).
When everyone arrives, make sure you have enough shot glasses or highballs available so you aren’t drinking this divine scotch out of plastic cups. When all of the participants (read: investors in fun) have arrived, start pouring the scotch. Each player should then record each scotch drink of shot in order of their most favorite to least favorite (similar to a mystery wine tasting event). Once all of the scotches have been sampled, uncover the different bottles and see who has the most distinguished pallet. We recommend congratulating the winner or winners with the remainder of the Blue Label bottle. Of course, the most gracious winners will allow the others enjoy the remainder of the bottle with them, but that’s up to them. Most of all, this is an opportunity for all of you to get the chance to drink with the best of ‘em. Have fun, and help Johnnie Keep on Walking.
What’s your favorite blend of Johnnie Walker scotch? Do you shell out for the blue or stick to the red? Tell us in the comment section below.