Saturday, 21 December 2013

Johnnie Walker 18 year old Platinum Label

Advent Calendar 20/24.  This came out of the calendar on the day I visited the SMWS rooms in Greville Street and had my mind opened by a happy range of single cask blockbusters.  I think 2014 is going to be very interesting!  This ones alright though – I tasted it at the Whisky Show and thought a bit more of it than I do now.

Johnnie Walker 18 year old Platinum Label, 40% A-

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Nose – Classical, fruity, waxed, then deeply and beautifully waxed, but with a smoky dustiness (like barley dust) that catches a little and reduces the opulence a touch. At first absolutely beautiful but deeper investigation reduces the charm.

Body – More classicism, deftly balanced peat.  Polite, refreshing, nicely fruity, characterful but not exactly complex.

Finish – Functional.  Wood rapidly dominates with chilli and bitterness, and the balance of the whole falls apart.


What's not good about it: Nose is dusty and the balance goes downhill from the nose.

What’s good about it:  Smooth, pleasant, classic profile and easy drinking.

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