Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch EXP#9 - Espresso Roast

Overall rating
82.20/100
votes
101
Whiskybase ID
WB100115
Category
Blend
Bottler
John Walker & Sons (JW&S)
Bottled
2017
Strength
43.2 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Barcode
5000267168456
Added on
27 aug 2017 8:36 am by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 90.00

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Whisky reviews for Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch EXP#9 - Espresso Roast

18 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.20 points.

  1. AdamsB scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch Espresso Roast is the fruit of the long-term efforts of a small group of distillers led by Aimée Gibson - a recent winner of the International Spirits Challenge 2017 Rising Star Award. It was composed of distillates aged in both new and refilled barrels. The real character, however, was given by the use of grain roasted to a darker color than ever before, which was added to the grist in the right proportion.
    • Nose
      Cinnamon, chocolate truffle, soft smoke and chicory, cofee
    • Taste
      Vanilla, dark chocolate, espresso, fudge and malt.
    • Finish
      Espresso, dark chocolate, Hints of cardamom.

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  3. JoshNRW scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A blend from an experimental series by JW. In this case, the barley was heavily roasted before it was used for brewing. A few portions of grain whiskey were also added to create this blend.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Malty and spicy aromas, brown sugar, chocolate and, with little imagination, coffee and espresso beans. Goes a bit in the direction of the Green Label.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The notes correspond to the nose, but are slightly more bitter. It is nice that a pleasant chocolate sweetness and nut aromas develop at the end. The slightly more than 43 percent suits him quite well, because they give the whiskey a good intensity. Nevertheless, it is not quite as harmonious and round as the nose and the finish.
    • Finish
      86 86
      86.5
      Pleasant mouthfeel, minimally oily and the finish is medium long. Here again completely round and pleasant. The bitterness of roasted coffee beans in the background suits him well.

  4. glenrob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. Cubey666 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Whisky in Leiden 2019

    nice addition with light chocolate, coffee sweet creamy notes.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      76 76

  6. Merl scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Fun blend experiment, even tastes solid unmixed... Basically a poor man's Glenmo Signet. :-)

  8. Foudos scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      69 69

  9. Gous scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      76 76

  10. Gerrit84 scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      65 65

  11. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Sweet; ripe plum; Malt; slight alcohol note, but not too dominant; now comes a nice vanilla; Slow shows a light, musty note. The barrel comes slowly to the fore; In the sweetness is for me also a small buttery note. Chocolate and espresso / coffee is not to be found in my nose. Maybe that will change after the first sip
    • Taste
      85 85
      Spicy; slightly bitter, It comes with dark chocolate accompanied by roasted aromas; these become stronger; a hint of smoke, but quite sweet overall; the ripe plum is there too; also the vanilla is there. After some time in the mouth, he begins to get bitter.
    • Finish
      82 82
      there they are, the roasted espresso beans; then dark chocolate; then again a sweet vanilla flair; overall but relatively quickly away. Back is a bit too hot and too long brewed coffee (so a bitter Kaffenote, which makes the mouth dry) it comes from time to time again the plum from the nose back and a malt note

  12. dandan798 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      barley, espresso beans (seriously!), sweet, spices, grain, alcohol, oak, toasted, fruit
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweet, cereal, spices, honey, fruit, toast, chocolate coffee bean, cocoa, malted barely
    • Finish
      83 83
      sweet, toasted barely, chocolate, grain, sour, malty

  13. Andytka3 scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    N- Rum and brandy filled pralines, hearty and cheerfully sweet, canned prunes, vanilla with zesty candy. Earthy with mineral notes drifting. Soft and basic blends. (83/18)

    P- Chocolate, nutmeg, vanilla and wild honey. Pale, lack filler and stamina to build further. (80/17)

    F- Short-Medium, bitter chocolate and dry wood sphere, spicy but hollow. Thin on layer, all very edgy and grainy. (80/17)

    B/B- 80/17 Experiment bottling with lifted chocolate nuance with very basic blend.

    Cereal- 2, Fruity- 2, Floral- 0, Peaty- 0, Feinty- 0, Sulphury- 0, Woody- 3, Winery- 1

    Weighted Rate- 69pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Rum and brandy filled pralines, hearty and cheerfully sweet, canned prunes, vanilla with zesty candy. Earthy with mineral notes drifting. Soft and basic blends. (83/18)
    • Taste
      P- Chocolate, nutmeg, vanilla and wild honey. Pale, lack filler and stamina to build further. (80/17)
    • Finish
      F- Short-Medium, bitter chocolate and dry wood sphere, spicy but hollow. Thin on layer, all very edgy and grainy. (80/17)

      B/B- 80/17 Experiment bottling with lifted chocolate nuance with very basic blend.

      Cereal- 2, Fruity- 2, Floral- 0, Peaty- 0, Feinty- 0, Sulphury- 0, Woody- 3, Winery- 1

      Weighted Rate- 69pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  14. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    From the three Blender’s Batches that I have tried so far, this is the best, despite the light body. The finish is the best part.
    • Nose
      I get vanilla, spices and the promised hint of chocolate on the nose. This is very easy-going. A good allrounder, making me think quite some Cardhu went in the mix. It even reminds me a bit of a stout beer, but with lots of woody notes.
    • Taste
      It is just a tad too soft on the palate in my opinion. Could have done with a little more body. But the taste is fine. Orange liqueur, nutmeg, chocolate, subtle vanilla and some woodsmoke.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and warming, but with the emphasis on the spices. It lingers quite long on the tongue.

  15. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    All in all, definitely a nice experiment, at the price you can say absolutely nothing funny thing for guests.
    • Nose
      Musty, already directly old, damp coffee powder in the nose, hint of alcohol, chocolate rasps, leather, cheesy, licorice, clove, charred oak, quite reserved everything with the 43%
    • Taste
      Very round and pleasing, little power, nutmeg, clove, coffee powder, bitter chocolate chips, leather, very dry everything, black pepper and charred oak, autumn leaves
    • Finish
      Nice dark malt, the coffee and the leather, as well as nutmeg and charred oak ever stronger, nice dry with dark notes, medium to long, warm

  16. pianoman scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Blind Tasting
    • Nose
      Butter, Milch, Karamell. Leicht bittere Kakaobohnen, dezente Fruchtsäure.
    • Taste
      Weich. Eiskaffee, weiße Schokolade, etwas Pfeffer, Leder. Eine Spur Rauch. Eher kurz.

  17. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    With 22 € / 0,5l priced completely OK for such an experimental series, in taste and finish exactly what you expect in "Espresso Roast", but also not a bit more, almost something one-dimensional / boring, and I find the notes neither So bombastic pronounced even with whiskey in general so rare that they are sufficient as a reason to buy. Since the initial pizza nibs is still the most interesting.
    • Nose
      strange, salty at first? spicy? Something musty? ... I got it, dried, baked cheese, old pizza from the day before ... then dry-chocolate, cocoa powder, humus soil - with a touch of Maggi brewing powder
    • Taste
      Cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, some aroma of wood fired with the soldering iron
    • Finish
      medium, the taste sounds almost identical, warm and dry

  18. Noface83 scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    Nose: Muesli mixture with roasted malt, earthy, a pile of roasted aromas (burned wood, coffee beans, dark chocolate) but also grain bitterness and some metallic alcohol. Something different and how I find really ne experience worthwhile even if a decent youth is felt and you look in vain depth. Taste: malted coffee, lots of bitter chocolate flavored with vanilla, slightly sparkling alcohol and then back a lot of coffee and dry oak. The finish is fierce but short - espresso stop. Unique experience but without much depth.
    If you like roasted aromas and like bitterness you will have a lot of fun (I have it - at least on the palate). For the money (around 22 EUR), you get an intense (but not complex) blend that stands out from the crowd.
    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      78 78

  19. Dramned! scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The complete tasting with info, photos and comment: https://dramned.blog/2017/10/26/johnnie-walker-blenders-batch-espresso-roast-432/
    • Nose
      The first association that comes to mind is a handful of rusty nails and stuffy earth - tinny and rugged, the nose comes along. After some time in the glass, I then have mild toasted oak, sweet creamy vanilla, some floor wax, typical creamy-buttery Grain notes and harsh dark chocolate with roasted hazelnuts. Everything quite complex and deep. From espresso but nothing at first.
    • Taste
      Again bitter dark chocolate, custard, and then yes - aromatic roasted coffee beans and furztrockenes scorched oak wood, that it ties up the salivary glands. Desperately looking for some sweetness and fruit, and then with a little light pear in custard, fortunately still looking for.
    • Finish
      The finish is as short as an ideal espresso to go through - not much longer than 24 seconds and the haunting is over, even before I can really define what is going on there. But okay, you can feel some sweet vanilla almonds, cocoa, some oak and especially hay.

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