Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve


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% ABV
£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.



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  4. Respectfully, I must disagree.

    Gold Label Reserve is a shadow of its former self when it had an 18 year old age statement. Gold Label Reserve is too sweet and well just a disappointment.

  5. I agree with Jason. Reserve seems almost synthetic in the way it is sweet. They had a great thing going with the 18 yr, but this new Reserve now way comes close to the 18yr. Not as refined and just “candied”.. i am a fan of the honey/nutty/vanilla.. and all around less harsh Speysides and some Highland malts as well as some less peaty blends in general, but Reserve just crossed the line. Paid over 60$ for this and I feel utterly ripped off. Id rather have red label.. enough said! shame on you Diageo.

  6. Could some explain to me what the difference between a “reserve” whiskey and a normal one?

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  9. I drank last time the Johnnie gold reserve!I liked it! Itsvey fine Whisky!

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