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Introducing World Class Training Labs

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MKTG is proud to be a part of this year’s World Class Training Labs. World Class Labs serve as both workshop and playground where bartenders explore the industry’s most relevant topics and practice new skills, all with the guidance of bartending luminaries. The Labs’ purpose is to honor, elevate and extend the craft of bartending, and the passion for it, throughout the industry. The Labs provide a platform for our Reserve brands to participate and provide “Best in Class” Training to the trade community.

A one day, 3 session, skills and brand training event leverages existing brand training content such as Tanqueray “classics and Ketel One “Food Pairing.”  Each training lab features World Class talent from either US, Global Markets, or Experts who also run seminars on relevant topics such as the Art of Presentation. Attendance at any of the World Class Training Labs satisfies the learning requirement for entering the World Class competition.

During the brand sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about some of the world’s most premium liquors. While learning about Don Julio, Ambassador and participants will travel to a local farm where a local farmer will lead a seminar on fresh ingredients. Ketel One participants will enjoy a hands on food pairing training session while Zacapa Rum participants will sit in on The Art of Show – Unlocking Flavor brand education.

The World Class Training Lab program began in early September and will continue through early February in several US Markets. Take a look below at photos from previous markets and stay tuned to MKTG’s social channels for photo updates as the program continues!

 

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House of Walker Delights Austin and NYC

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The House of Walker, Johnnie Walker’s traveling experiential tour, opened in New York City this December for the Holiday Season. This marks the second stop on the 2014/2015 tour after Austin, Texas.

Consumers began their night with a tasting of Black Label and Double Black with Master of Whisky Stephen Wilson. This year featured an interactive tasting table showcasing custom whisky content that complement the tasting experience. Following the tasting, guests were welcomed at the Red Label and Black Label cocktail bars, which offered cocktails created by some of New York’s best bartenders, such as:

Midnight Waltz
(Created by Pam Wiznitzer from Dead Rabbit)
.5  oz Johnnie Walker Double Black
.5 oz Johnnie Walker Black Label
.5 oz  Zacapa Rum
.5 oz Pedro Ximenez
1 bar spoon Demerara syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes mole bitters

Stir and strain up in a coupe glass. Garnish with orange oils.

Drink You Away
(Created by Jessie Duré from American Whiskey)

1 oz Johnnie Walker Red Label
.5 oz Ruby Port
.5 oz Fresh Pear Juice
.5 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz Maple Syrup
2 thick slices of Ginger
4 Juniper Berries
1 Cinnamon Stick

All ingredients steeped together for about 10 minutes and served hot in a tea cup.

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The Lion in Winter
(Created by Gates Otsuji from The Standard)
1.5 oz Johnnie Walker Red Label
.25 oz Licor 43
.25 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.25 oz Simple Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
(optional: .5 oz Becherovka)

Shake all ingredients and strain in a rocks glass

After sampling Johnnie Walker’s lower marques, guests were encouraged to explore the higher-marque lounges, including the Platinum Label area, which was lit like a photo shoot.  After sampling Platinum, a second Master of Whisky took guests through an intimate tasting while a photographer took candid photos for easy sharing through RFID card. A separate room was dedicated to Gold Label Reserve, which featured high-energy music and was housed in an illuminated Scotch-and-Soda bar offering three custom soda recipes (spicy, savory and floral) specifically created to complement Gold Label Reserve’s flavor notes.

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The night hit a crescendo with a Blue Label Tasting and Flavor Conductor performance**.  The Flavor Conductor was engineered to influence the perception of taste through a multi-sensory performance including sound, projection mapping and sampling. Twice a night, Johnnie Walker Global Brand Ambassador Tom Jones and well-known organist Simon Little took the stage to give an unforgettable musical Blue Label tasting experience. As in past years, Johnnie Walker partnered with Meridian Audio, Fever-Tree Ginger Beer and Perrier Sparkling Mineral Water, all of which were showcased throughout the House.

This year’s House of Walker was a mixture of guided mentorship and self exploration. Each variant’s personality was brought to life in a unique way to portray the brand story, while allowing guests to enjoy a night out with their friends.

**The Flavor Conductor was concepted by Bompas & Parr Agency as a Johnnie Walker Global initiative. This instrument will tour the globe as part of a larger activation titled “Symphony in Blue.”

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12 Drinks to Make Your Holiday Brighter

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The holiday season is upon us. However you celebrate, it’s an exciting and crazy time of year – the lights, the gifts, the time with friends and family. The shopping, the wrapping, the cooking. Fighting for a parking space, elbowing for an XBox and clamoring for an aisle seat. Rudolph marathons, office parties, tinsel everywhere, Christmas Carols, the Elf on a Shelf OMG WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON NEW YEAR’S EVE?

Woah, I’m thirsty. Are you thirsty?

Nothing will put you in the holiday spirit like a signature seasonal cocktail in front of the fireplace. Heck, if you don’t have a fireplace, turn on the Yule Log channel (it’s a real thing) and your space heater and grab a blanket and a buddy.

To help, here’s a few drink ideas from our friends at Diageo for the #12DaysofCocktails. And to help guarantee your name will be on the “nice” list after that fit you threw over the aisle seat, you might consider leaving one of these for Santa instead of those milk and cookies.

Johnnie Walker
Johnnie Walker Gilded Punch
1 1/2 ounces Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve™
¼ ounce Dolin Blanc Vermouth
¼ ounce Simple Syrup
½ ounce Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 ounce Brut Champagne
Combine all ingredients except the champagne, in a mixing tin. Shake and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with a wide lemon twist. (Recipe courtesy of Andy Seymour for Johnnie Walker)

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Zacapa Solera Hot Cocoa
1 1/4 ounces Zacapa Rum 23
1/2 ounce Pedro Ximenez Sherry
5 ounces Hot Cocoa
Grated Cinnamon and Cracked Pink Peppercorn for Garnish
Combine rum, sherry and hot cocoa into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour contents into glass mug. Garnish with grated cinnamon and pink peppercorn. (Recipe by Lynnette Marrero for Zacapa)

Don Julio Austin Farm to Shaker
Don Julio Mulled Mule
1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco
1 1/2 oz Spiced Apple Cider
1 1/2 oz Ginger Beer
1/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 dash Apple Bitters
Candied Ginger for Garnish

Build by pouring tequila and lemon juice over fresh ice in a collins glass. Top with equal parts spiced cider and ginger beer. Top with a dash of apple bitters. Garnish with candied ginger. (Recipe courtesy of Marshall Altier for Don Julio)

Ketel Ernestos Way
Ketel One Ernesto’s Way
1 ½ ounces Ketel One® Vodka
½ ounce Fresh Lime Juice
¼ ounce Maraschino Liqueur
1 dash Absinthe
2 ounces Grapefruit Soda
Combine first four ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake with ice and strain into a collins glass filled with ice. Top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with a mint sprig. (Recipe by Michael Martensen for Ketel One)

Tanqueray Alexander
Tanqueray Old Tom Alexander
1 ounce Tanqueray Old Tom
¾ ounce White Crème de Cacao
1 ounce Heavy Cream
Shake and serve up with grated nutmeg as garnish. (Recipe courtesy of Tanqueray)

Don Julio Austin Farm to Shaker
Don Julio Sage & Fig Smash
1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Reposado
5 Lemon Wedges
1/2 ounce Grenadine
2 slices Mission Fig
2 whole Star Anise
4-5 Sage Leaves
Muddle lemon wedges and star anise with grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Add tequila, sage sprig and 1 slice fig to the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with fig slice, star anise and sage sprig. (Recipe courtesy of Marshall Altier for Don Julio)

Captain Morgans Mustache
Captain Morgan’s Mustache
2 ounces Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
1 ounce cola
4 ounces Guinness Stout
Pour rum and cola into a glass. Top with Guinness Stout. (Recipe courtesy of Captain Morgan)

Don Julio Austin Farm to Shaker
Don Julio Siesta
1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco
1/4 ounce Campari
3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 ounce Simple Syrup
1/2 ounce Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruit Peel for Garnish
Combine tequila, Campari, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a coupe glass. Garnish with a long peel of grapefruit. (Recipe courtesy of Marshall Altier for Don Julio)

Zacapa Vines
Zacapa Vines & Fallen Leaves (Punch – serves 30)
4 cups Zacapa Rum
1/4 cup Orange Liqueur
1 cup Riesling Sparkling Wine, chilled
1 cup Sparkling Water, chilled
1/4 cup Pumpkin Spice Syrup
1 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
Fresh Sage and Cinnamon for Garnish
Combine lemon juice and pumpkin spice syrup into large punch bowl or pitcher and stir. Add in rum, orange liqueur, Riesling and sparkling water and stir gently until blended. Add Ice. Strain into punch glasses. Garnish with fresh sage and cinnamon. (Recipe by Lynnette Marrero for Zacapa)

Captain Snow Storm
Captain Morgan Snow Storm
1¼ ounces Captain Morgan White Rum
1 ounce Rumchata
¼ ounce Rumpleminz
Chocolate Syrup
Fill shaker with ice. Combine ingredients, shake and pour into a glass. Drizzle with chocolate syrup. (Recipe courtesy of Captain Morgan)

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Bulleit Hot Toddy
1.25 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
1 tsp fine grain sugar
2 small clove(s)
1.5 oz. boiling water
Add Bulleit Bourbon, fine grain sugar, and cloves in a mug. Add boiling water. Stir.

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Tanqueray Gin Flip
1 ¼ ounces Tanqueray® London Dry
½ ounce almond syrup
½ ounce heavy cream
1 egg
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into a coupe glass. Garnish with star anise. (Recipe courtesy of Tanqueray)

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Johnnie Walker: Keep Disrupting

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These days when people hear “TechCrunch Disrupt,” they immediately think of the Startup Battlefield scenes from HBO’s Silicon Valley. The HBO version, though, is a parody — the headline speakers at the real Disrupt are not startups, they’re CEOs like Salesforce’s Marc Benioff, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, Tinder’s Sean Rad and Mark Cuban.

This year Johnnie Walker joined this formidable lineup of innovators by bringing its innovative whisky portfolio to Startup Alley. Disrupt marks the first stop on the Tier 2 House of Walker tour, which brings elements of the larger experiential tour into pre-existing consumer events. The House of Walker tour has been running since 2005 and offers consumers a multi-sensory cocktail and mentorship experience through the different variants of Johnnie Walker.

At Disrupt, MKTG INC produced a booth featuring a bespoke cocktail bar serving Johnnie Walker Red label, Black Label and Double Black cocktails to startups and investors looking to take a break from the craziness. Stephen Wilson, National Master of Whisky, took consumers through an in-depth tasting of Johnnie Walker Black and Double Black. Johnnie Walker partnered with 3D printer Makerbot to create a “Keep Walking” award, given to the startup that best encompassed Johnnie Walker’s pioneering and forward-thinking spirit.

Huan Ho and Dan Ellis of Rallyteam walked away with the “Keep Walking” award. Rallyteam is an employee empowerment platform that helps employees find interesting internal opportunities that fit their skill set. Ho and Ellis received a 3D printed Keep Walking award, an engraved Johnnie Walker Blue bottle, and a complimentary 20-person private Johnnie Walker tasting.

After three exhausting days of pitching and networking, entrepreneurs left Pier 48 one step closer to making their dream a reality.

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Keep Sailing With Johnnie Walker

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After completing successful tours in Asia and Europe, the John Walker & Sons Voyager tour embarked on its third leg heading to the Caribbean. MKTG INC was brought on to make sure this tour was just as successful as the previous two.

Diageo was on a hunt to find a brand new yacht suitable for the tour.  Our very own Matt Manning, Derek Cummings and John Demas led the search and ultimately went the secret agent route and chose the Regina, which was prominently featured in the recent James Bond film “Skyfall” (as seen in this entire clip http://bit.ly/1f66sjN).

While John was busy beautifully redesigning the yacht, Derek worked on coordinating a routing schedule and managing port logistics at each tour stop with help from industry experts Brazil Yacht Services.

I was lucky enough to be on-board and truly live the Voyager experience for over 2 months. I made some lifelong friends, saw some amazing places (Antigua, Trinidad, Aruba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Colombia) and worked with some wonderful people along the way. Not to mention I completely dodged a little thing called the Polar Vortex.

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Living the Voyager experience meant not taking any short cuts. Sailing from port-to-port may have been the most unique thing about the entire tour for me. There were a few times where being out on the deck on the open seas meant complete relaxation and escape from every other human being on the planet. Miles and miles of blue water is all I’d see. No cell phone, no internet, no distractions. On the other hand our trips (ranged from 16hrs to 60hrs) were mostly filled with high waves, deep boat rolls and some pretty intense boat movement (getting tossed out of bed or soaked on the deck became pretty common place). I don’t think I’ll be quitting my day job for a life at sea any time soon.

Full event production mode started the moment we docked. We activated 2-4 event days in each market with about 3 events each day. Daily challenges, issues and changes in addition to the slew of people who would constantly come by the boat for tours kept things really interesting along the way. Escaping the madness was a tad bit difficult considering we were living at the venue, but thankfully everything worked itself out leaving guests with unforgettable experiences ranging from rough wave sailing trips to black tie dinners to high energy dance parties on-board.

For more John Walker & Sons Voyager Photos: http://jwsvoyager.com/gallery/
Trinidad Event Video: http://vimeo.com/88886683
Aruba Event Video: http://vimeo.com/87215386
Dominican Republic Event Video: http://vimeo.com/89409955
Colombia Video: http://vimeo.com/90054934

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April 30th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Keep Walking, Miami

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HOWOn our third leg of a four-city tour, House of Walker passes through the trendy streets of Miami, FL and inspires consumers to KEEP WALKING. Over 14 nights, 2,100 guests were invited into the House of Walker to experience the worlds leading Scotch whisky. These guests enjoyed Johnnie Walker whisky in an interactive and upscale setting while they discovered the brand’s pioneering spirit. Each night, the House of Walker featured a special guest as we celebrated influencers who are taking their “next step.” 

During a Q&A session of the evening lead by Master of Whisky, Stephen Wilson each spotlighted guest shared personal stories of how they are inspired to keep walking on their journey, as John Walker did in his exploration with whisky. The House hosted many talented guest but a few who stuck out included Jason Hardi, pioneer of the innovative smart headphone, Muzik; Alexander Mijares, one of South Florida’s most vibrant and promising artists; and musician, broadcaster, and digital media influencer, Derrick N. Ashong.

The House of Walker also brought to life nearly 200 years of monumental moments in the brand’s history by showcasing the craft blend, the brand’s globalization and the innovation of the bottle design.

If you were not lucky enough to experience the House of Walker in Miami, don’t fear, as we will take our next step on the tour to sunny Venice Beach, CA from March 26th – April 19th. We hope to see you there. Cheers and KEEP WALKING.

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F1 “Joins the Pact”

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Johnnie Walker is racing to gather 1 million commitments from race fans  to ‘Join The Pact’ and pledge to never drink and drive. To honor these commitments, the brand is also pledging 1 million kilometers of safe rides home at F1 races all across the globe.

At the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, The House of Walker welcomed 835 guests in five days to sign the social responsibility pledge, with Master of Whisky Stephen Wilson on hand to give personal whisky tastings.  Austin bartender Chris Bostick created bespoke cocktails with the help of Lucas Dimitri’s hand-chipped ice.

The House of Walker opened up with a day of training for industry professionals, led by Richard Boccato, as they explored the history and importance of ice to elevate serves of Johnnie Walker. That session was followed up with an industry-only night for 132 top professionals in the Austin area.

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On media night, McLaren team driver Sergio Garcia arrived at The House of Walker to sign the ‘Join the Pact’ pledge wall and talk to 160 media and guests about responsible consumption. At the evening’s conclusion, Sergio personally drove three lucky guests home in his own Mercedes as other guests received a safe ride from the fleet of branded sedans.

Special House of Walker guests – DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys and Adam Richman from Man vs. Food – were in attendance and with some impromptu social media banter, the special guests reached more than 4.2 million people.

F1 fans also had the opportunity to join the global pledge throughout race week at 30 on-premise events and ten dedicated retail displays in and around Austin.

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The Art (Basel) of Event Marketing

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Art Basel is an internationally-renowned festival which visits Miami each December. It attracts artists, collectors, curators, art enthusiasts, creatives and tastemakers. In its 12th year in Miami, this year it boasted more than 250 galleries and 20 satellite fairs.

In recent years, Basel has grown to become a festival bigger than Art, with numerous parties sponsored by brands in the fashion, tech and beer/wine/spirits industries. Here is a round up of some of the events DIAGEO brands sponsored:

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Santlov and 13th Witness Exhibition Sponsored by Tequila Don Julio

Employing the use of large-scale art installations, curated pieces by well-known photographers were displayed in the lobby of the historic Plymouth Hotel. One was Miami-based photographer Santlov, the mastermind behind the viral “ToysRLike Us” campaign. His seemingly realistic photographs consist of widely-recognized, iconic toy characters finding themselves in the midst of relatable everyday human scenarios. Also featured was photographer Tim McGurr, a.k.a. “13thWitness,” a New York native and the son of legendary street Artist Futura. McGurr captures city landscapes and provides a unique view into the world around him through his lens.

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Murad Osmann’s #FollowMeTo Versace Mansion Private Showing Sponsored by Tequila Don Julio and Johnnie Walker

Murad Osmann has received a lot of buzz for his captivating photographs of travels with his girlfriend, model Nataly Zakharova. Each photograph takes the viewer on a journey to a different historical or cultural site. From the canals of Venice to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, from rice fields in Bali to his most recent journey to Art Basel, all of his works – including his latest taken at the Versace Mansion – were on display for select VIPs to view.

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Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Opening Gala Sponsored by DIAGEO Reserve

PAMM is a modern and contemporary art museum, which opened its doors during Art Basel this year. The museum hosts an impressive exhibit with famous Chinese artist, Ai Wiewie. The opening gala included a sit down dinner and a live performance by Latin artist, Marc Anthony, in front of 600 attendees including Elle MacPherson and Martha Stewart.

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Johnnie Keeps Walking

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After unveiling an all new House of Walker program last year, we were ready to take things back on the road. Starting in March on the West Coast, Johnnie Walker embarked on eight weeks of events for a full-blown national tour. We stopped at numerous impressive venues, including a four-story glass house in the Hollywood Hills, a playboy’s bachelor pad in Chicago, a sand & bungalow oasis in Miami and a five-story loft space in SoHo. Across 32 nights of events, we enjoyed meeting many new friends of Johnnie Walker (along with some familiar faces, of course).

The tour had many standout moments for me, but a few stick out in my mind: enjoying a Blue Label while overlooking Alcatraz in San Francisco, sipping a Red Label Rob Roy while schooling imaginary Tiger Woods on Chicago’s putting green and of course, savoring a Double Black while pretending that even for a few days, my NYC apartment had five floors, an indoor pool and a rooftop deck.

Were you lucky enough to attend the House of Walker this spring? If so, what was your favorite moment? If not, stay tuned as things are guaranteed to get bigger and better the next time around!

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June 10th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

A Whisky House for the Holidays

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If you were fortunate enough to make it to last year’s Johnnie Walker pop-up event space in SoHo, you might wonder “how could you possibly top that?” Luckily our team at MKTG INC still had a few tricks up our sleeves as we re-designed this year’s House of Walker. Last week we unveiled a new three-story space on West Broadway that will fulfill any Scotch fan’s wildest dreams. Guests can cozy up to the fireplace in our Black Label lounge, sip classic whisky cocktails at the Red Label bar, sample Johnnie’s limited release Double Black or peruse the world’s largest collection of blue books* in the Blue Label study. And of course, no House of Walker event would be complete without an opportunity to discuss Johnnie Walker’s history with our US Brand Ambassador, Stephen Wilson.

With 21 nights of events planned, the House of Walker will reside in SoHo until Christmas. Johnnie Walker’s Facebook has information on upcoming events & how you can become one of NYC’s luckiest house guests this year!

*Still awaiting certification from Guinness World Records

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Written by Peter McCutcheon
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December 7th, 2012 at 9:12 pm