JohnnieWalker’s price can jump drastically between expressions, so we had to weigh whether the more expensive bottles were really that much better than the cheaper stuff. The juice is a blend from Diageo’s deep stable of distilleries around Scotland that’s specifically designed to be mixed and not taken straight.
The palate holds onto those notes while adding a peppery spice and a hint of orchard fruits. The end shifts towards Islam with a wisp of smoke as the sip fades quickly away while warming you with alcohol heat.
This is a very solid base for a highball, especially for anyone looking to get into a mild blended scotch that brings all of Scotland into the glass. This is basically Johnnie Black, a slightly peaty blend, that’s been asked again in deeply charred oak.
The idea is to maximize that peat and amp up the Islam and Island smokiness of the final dram. The palate has a vanilla creaminess that’s punctuated by bright apple, dried fruit, and more peat.
The spice kicks back in late, warming things up as the smoke carries through the end with a nice dose of laziness. The blend leans into the peaty seaside distilleries with 30 plus whiskey from powerhouses like Lagavulin, Talker, and Card.
Mild notes of spice mingle with bright and sweet fruits and a hint of vanilla. The taste allows the malt to shine as the vanilla, spice, and fruit counter a distant wisp of smoke.
That smoke warms as the sip fades out, leaving you with a final note of sweet wood. We’d argue that this is a good place to start if you want to dip your toes into mildly smoky whiskey without diving headfirst into a Lagavulin or Arden.
This no-age statement blend leans into that signature Walker marriage of Highland and Seaside whiskey with a small dose of Western Scottish juice for good measure. The fruit kicks up on the palate and becomes slightly tropical as a counterpoint of rich vanilla creaminess arrives.
The end is subtle and long with the fruit and honey standing tall against a very distant echo of earthy peat. This expression is all about barrel selection and the mastery of a great nose and blender working together to create something special.
The end is slow, smoky, and full of dry fruits, nuts, and a malty nature. The primary distilleries in the bottle are Blair Thou, Card, Glen Elgin, and Auchroisk.
There’s a rich and buttery toffee that’s counterpointed by a bowl of ripe and sweet fruit that really draws you in. The caramel malts mix with marzipan, creamy vanilla pudding, and a nice rush of juicy winter tangerines that have just been peeled.
Adding a little water, those orange oils marry to a deeply dark chocolate nature, which leads towards a velvety and ever-so-lightly smoky end. If you do snag a bottle, make sure to add some water or a rock and really let the scotch bloom in the glass.
The juice primarily comes from Seaside, Highland, Lowland, and Island malts with a focus on a minimum of 15-year-old Talker, Call Ila, Cragganmore, and Linwood. There’s a woodiness that’s softly cedar with notes of bright, sweet fruit, spicy black pepper, oily vanilla pods, and fresh-cut grass on the nose.
The taste really delivers on the softness of the cedar while adding more tropical fruitiness and a subtle edge of dried roses. The end is deliberate with the cedar, spice, and fruit giving way to a measured wisp of earthy smoke and a splash of sea brine to finish off the sip.
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This blended was crafted back in 2012 in order to replace the Gold Label within the Asian market, but time has passed and the truth is that both now coexist. A straw-colored pour that yields mostly peaty… Long before there was the modern single malt craze, this blend was the bottle that defined luxury spirits.
As for what exactly goes into Blue, we can never know for sure: the laws of scotch whiskey actually prevent a label from fully disclosing what goes into a blend. And since this particular bottling has never worn an age statement, we don’t even know definitively how old its components are (though it has been reported that they are between 28 and 60 years in maturity).
And it weaves a pretty compelling yarn; Blue Label has collected plenty of hardware throughout the years. The latest accolade arrives by way of the 2020 Scotch Whiskey Masters competition, the results of which were announced earlier this month.
There, a panel of three professional sippers blindly landed on Blue as the premiere example of non-age-statement blended scotch from all that was tasted. The brand is celebrating its 200th anniversary with a special edition Blue Label built off of malt from distilleries that existed all the way back in 1820.
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Most people who are familiar with the world of whiskey have heard of Johnnie Walker. They have a large range of blended whiskey from budget prices, to extremely expensive bottles.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the type of glass you drink out of will impact on how you taste and smell the whiskey. These are great whiskey that will open you up to the wonderful world of Johnnie Walker.
Johnnie Walker are constantly releasing special bottling and limited editions. However, at the time of writing this, the most expensive Johnnie Walker whiskey you can buy is The John Walker.
We haven’t had the pleasure of tasting The John Walker yet, but we have added it to the list of whiskey we need to get! However, researching what other reviews say, on the nose there is lots of rich biscuit notes and old leather.
With an instant bitter note that quickly disappears to reveal a savory marmalade taste. But please don’t fall into the trap that blends are less superior to single malts.
On the nose it is a very well-rounded whiskey with a that signature Johnnie Walker smokiness. Let it sit for a minute or two, and you will then start to get sweet raisins and other dried fruits.
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label is extremely smooth on the palate with huge amounts of flavor. Every time you go back for another sip, you will be hit with more hidden flavors like the underlying smoke and dark chocolate.
You can normally find a good deal on Amazon where Blue Label is around the £135 mark. Johnnie Walker do cater for all budgets and one of our favorite cheaper blends from JR (and not because it’s cheap, it’s just good) would be the Double Black.
In this blend, Johnnie Walker have focused on whiskey from Islam to be the star of the show. That honey shows up on the palate, but it is accompanied by a spicy wood/bomb fire smoke.
If you are looking for a nice, budgets, blend from Johnnie Walker, give the Double Black a try. We would place the Gold Label as the ‘middle ground’ between cheap and expensive blended scotch.
It is a brilliant whiskey that has recently (2012) been relaunched into the Johnnie Walker product line. A really nice nose that is complex but easy to distinguish the different layers.
Once it has been left for a minute or two (or you could add a drop of water to release the oils), you get warm vanilla with that light smoke dancing around it. A really nice green apple note also shows through at the very end of the sip.
Don’t get us wrong, Johnnie Walker Red is a good budget blend to use as a mixer (and a daily sipper if your budget is really low), but the Black Label offers so much more. I’m sure, most people have gone to a bar that has a Red Label bottle on the same shelf as something like Lagavulin.
As a whiskey, the Johnnie Walker Red Label is fairly simple and non-complex. Some people say that there is a hint of the trademark Johnnie Walker some in it, but it is so subtle I find it extremely hard to agree with that.
If it was my money and I had my heart set on buying a whiskey, I would go for something like Black Bottle over Johnnie Walker Red Label. A: This is a tricky one to answer as a lot of the colors are non-age statement (NAS) blends.