През последните няколко дни се посветих на представители на марката Johnnie Walker. Вече ви представих историята на бранда и впечатленията ми от Johnnie Walker Green Label, които можете да откриете, следвайки линка с името. Преди няколко дни пробвах и Johnnie Walker Black Label, който се оказа приятно уиски. Поне по спомен, тъй като за него не си водих бележки. И ето че в настоящата статия реших да ви представя бутилката с „аристократичен произход“, в която тече „синята кръв“ на Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
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Johnnie Walker Blue Label blended whisky
In the last few days I devoted myself to representatives of the Johnnie Walker brand. I’ve already presented you the history of the brand and my impressions of Johnnie Walker Green Label, which you can find by following the link with the name. A few days ago I tried and Johnnie Walker Black Label, which turned out to be a nice whisky. At least by memory, since I didn’t take notes. And now, in this article, I decided to present you the bottle of „aristocratic origin“, filled with the „blue blood“ of Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
Without unnecessary pathos I can say that this is probably the most famous premium blend in the world. The whisky isn’t single malt, because its composition includes about 5-10% grain whiskies and this automatically disqualify it as single malt drink. The distillates, which form the base of the malt component are Cardhu, Royal Lochnagar, Benrinnes, Talisker and Caol Ila, as they were added the grain whisky. The bottles are individually numbered and the casks are hand picked by master blenders. Whether it is true or not, I can’t say. I hope so. The distillate was first introduced in 1992, in a different bottle and with alcohol content of 43%. Now it is reduced to 40%, and the bottle has lost part of its oval shape. However, I can say that I liked its appearance. The color is light blue and comes in a nice box. I have 0,200 ml. bottle, but I’ve seen and „the big brothers“, whose boxes are even more interesting.
How old is the whisky? Unlike Johnnie Walker Black Label and Johnnie Walker Green Label, there is no explicit indication of the age of the beverages in the bottle. I came across the information that some of the whiskies inside are about 50-60 years old, which I accept with a great deal of doubt. Maybe there are a few drops of these goodies, but I think the majority of the whiskies are about 20 years old. I express an assumption, but having in mind that Johnnie Walker XR 21 y.o. whisky is traded at similar price, this conclusion of mine seems plausible. It is also possible to have younger. Let’s not forget that much of the profile of the whisky was formed by the marketing departments of Diageo. And here, it is appropriate to mention that this is one of the reasons why the whisky is considered very critical of the biggest malt fans. The question that arises is whether the whisky is worth its price, at which can be found 21-25-year-old single malt whiskies. In my opinion the liquid is overrated and a value of around 180-200 lv. would be more reasonable. Otherwise, the lowest price of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, which I have come across is 260 lv. for 0.700 ml. Probably, there is much more to be said and written on the topic. I stop for now and offer you to ‘jump’ into the glass. 🙂
Aroma – pleasant, sweetish, caramel, honey, plenty of dried fruits, tobacco, black pepper, piquancy, nuts, very weak peat notes, a cabinet with spices, vanilla, slight hint of citrus, lemon, after a minute more fruits, caramelized fruits, more caramel and chocolate. After a few more minutes increases the caramel flavor, which I immediately associated with caramel glaze of fruit cake. I added water. Just a few drops. After that, the scent became more citrus, also appeared coffee and more caramelized fruits. Taste – very gentle, mature, the first seconds after the sip carry bitterness, which immediately gives way to the sweetness, accompanied by light peat, oiliness, and later dried fruits, about which I already wrote whole novels above. I caught and pears. There was and peat, but it was very gentle and fine, and it is completely dominated by fruits. With water – appeared spiciness, to be joined by memory of red fruit marmalade /raspberry and strawberry/. Finish – medium. Sweetness, warm, strongly fruity, caramel, nuts, almonds, marzipan filling, light mint. With water – spiciness and slightly woody notes.
In summary: a delicious blend, which I recommend. I would not advise you to give money for a whole bottle. On the market can be found similar to mine of 0,200 ml. for the sum of 60 lv.
Cheers, my friends! Quality over quantity!