A double whammy from Johnnie Walker these past few weeks as they’ve launched two new blends; the Gold Label Reserve and the Platinum Label. Hoban has already talked about the Platinum Label which we both tried at the ‘Meet the Blenders’ event at the Scotch Whisky Experience. It really is a delicate whisky, very elegant and seamlessly blended together if not made with bits of real platinum sex panther as Lucas once thought. Now it’s my turn to give you my thoughts on the Gold Label Reserve. Master blender Jim Beveridge has handpicked his favourite whiskies to create this blend and he hasn’t disappointed. It is centred around Clynelish whose water flows from the Kildonan Hills, the site where gold was first discovered in Scotland in 1868 (you can see what they’ve done here can’t you?). Add some Cardhu on top of that and you can see the direction this blend is going to take. Am I looking forward to it? Just a bit…
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
£40.95 from here
Nose: Honeyed oats, malty with creamy vanilla, toffee popcorn and a touch of gingerbread. A herby note punches through. Really pleasant.
Palate: Sweet, smooth caramel fudge. Butterscotch. Quite waxy with honey and vanilla coming in waves.
Finish: This finishes more on the heavier side of things with sticky fruits (maybe a bit of trifle?) and faint woodsmoke.
Overall: A really well balanced blend from the House of Johnnie Walker. Something to crack open with friends on a summer’s evening and pass around whilst the sun goes down. It’s very moreish and great value for forty quid. Good stuff.