For our first guest tasting notes submission we have Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
“Johnnie Walker Blue Label is created using a selection of rare casks from the Speyside and Highland distilleries – including delicate Cardhu and Clynelish, warm, rounded Benrinnes, as well as Islay malts for our signature smokiness.” – johnniewalker.com
Appearance: Rich gold, very similar to the labels gold accents.
Nose: Such an initial sweetness, vanilla, caramel and juicy, plump raisins. Although there is a slight spirit tang it’s a lovely nose – almost bourbon like.
Palate: Such a surprise, so different on the palate. There’s a sweet caramel or toffee but there’s a huge peppery kick. It’s the overriding flavour for me with the sweeter notes hovering in the background. I also get coffee and dark, dark chocolate – I’m talking 80% cocoa not sweet.
Finish: The chocolate and coffee fades and I had a fleeting taste of icing sugar. Or maybe I imagined it.
Overall: I’m glad newdramdrinker (Anthony) finally agreed to opening this as it’s a very nice whisky. This was a neck pour and I only had one, so I would love to sit with another dram after it’s been left to breathe a little and see if I get anything different as I know others have tasted peat or cigar smoke. Not sure it’s worth the money – I’d be happy to pay £60 – £65 but not the price it usually retails for.Follow @newdramdrinker