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Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Overall rating
89.24/100
votes
27
Category
Blend
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ghost & Rare Series
Bottled
2017
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Brora & Rare
Added on
10 Dec 2017 11:08 am by holborndrinker
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 281,49

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Tastingtags

9 Notes

mosesumike
Expert Senior mosesumike Note
03 Jan 2018 8:31 pm
mosesumike gave this whisky 91 points

Take a look at adventuresinwhiskey,...Highly recommended! 9/10

https://adventuresinwhiskey.com/2017/12/26/johnnie-walker-blue-label-ghost-and-rare-whisky-review/

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https://whiskyexperts.net/neu-johnnie-walker-blue-label-ghost-and-rare-brora-pittyvaich-cambus/

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare enthält als sein Herzstück Whisky aus Brora, Pittyvaich und der geschlossenen Grain Distillery Cambus. Dazu findet man in ihm noch fünf andere Whiskys aus den Brennereien Royal Lochnagar, Clynelish, Glenkinchie, Glenlossie und Cameronbridge

Quelle: whiskyexperts.net

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https://scotchwhisky.com/whisky-reviews/new-whiskies/17203/batch-127/

CONCLUSION

This is about movement and time, flashes like memories rising then receding as others take their place. You can only get this effect by blending. In fact, it is what blending is about, and this is a masterpiece of that art.

by Dave Broom, ... Score 92

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https://distiller.com/spirits/johnnie-walker-blue-label-ghost-and-rare

Reviewed by Stephanie Moreno

"Let this breathe just a moment before nosing and tasting. Once you're in full drinking mode, aromas of menthol, wool, and tobacco appear along with caramel and lemon zest. The volume is turned way down, however, to maybe a three out of ten on the dial. Average weight on the palate with a little bite thanks to the 92 proof bottling. Gentle peat smoke with its herbal attributes are most evident on the finish. Take your time with this one to really experience the whisky to its fullest."

by Distiller,... Score 91

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make difference and always consider: Is it the main thing to keep the main thing the main thing?
kimmosuo
Expert Senior kimmosuo Review note
23 Apr 2018 5:05 pm
kimmosuo gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
84.3
Nose
84
Initial taste
85
Body
84
Finish
83
Price
82
Presentation
89
detachedblue
Expert Junior detachedblue Tasting note
24 Mar 2018 10:50 pm
detachedblue gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

It is complex, pencil peal, wax, chocolates, a whiff of smoke, sweet oak, a bit artificial

Taste

Oak, mints, very refreshing, smooth, smoked bacon, savoury orange

Finish

Long and minty, minty chocolates, mothballs, 

Comments

Probably the best blends I tasted.

WhiskyNotes
Expert Senior WhiskyNotes Note
12 Mar 2018 3:57 pm

https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/blends/johnnie-walker-blue-label-brora-and-rare/

Nose: really nice, with a dusty warehouse as well as some earthy / mineral notes that do hint towards Brora. Lots of hazelnuts. Yellow apples, oranges and peaches. Hints of roasted pineapple. Cedar. Waxy notes. A light honeyed sweetness in the background. A grainy edge and a kind of exotic fragrant touch as well. Smooth but rather complex for a blend.
Mouth: sweet start, on sugared almonds, apples and honey. Then moving to malty and nutty notes (sugar coated almonds and hazelnuts) and some mineral and earthy notes (mint, heather, a little tobacco). Some chocolate and delicate smoke. Always a waxy side as well.
Finish: rather okay, with a light woody note, crème brûlée and roasted nuts.

This is a very good blend, with a complex nose. Overall the added mineral / earthy hints make it more interesting the the regular Johnnie Walker Blue Label. You’re paying quite a heavy price though, for supposedly just a limited amount of Brora in the mix.

www.whiskynotes.be
Zumbar
Expert Senior Zumbar Review note
21 Feb 2018 5:40 pm
Zumbar gave this whisky 92 points

This is a great whisky. People saying otherwise are biased. The nose from Brora and in part of the aftertaste is quite obvious and great!

Weighted Rate
91.7
Nose
93
Initial taste
91
Body
92
Finish
91
Price
92
Presentation
91
jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
15 Feb 2018 11:16 pm
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 84 points

https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/four-linkwoods-two-blends-and-a-balvenie/

Let’s hope the inclusion of what’s left of precious Brora stocks is justified for this premiumised blend.

  • N: A murky start with some movement towards vanilla treacle sugars. Very JW and not least because of the price, a very disappointing start. Blends huh!
  • T: An old skool blended style for sure with a typical metallic touch. The form improves with time though the overall experience is brief.
  • F: Not long. I picked out a clear Euthymol toothpaste note but wrote down nothing else.
  • C: I wonder whether the Brora would have faired better on its own? Dodge a bullet and save your money for the Burnside. Further reading: scotchwhisky.com: Why ‘lost’ whiskies should never be blended.


Scores a C+

mosesumike
Expert Senior mosesumike Review note
03 Feb 2018 10:18 am
mosesumike gave this whisky 91 points
Weighted Rate
90.9
Nose
92
Initial taste
91
Body
90
Finish
91
Price
87
Presentation
94
make difference and always consider: Is it the main thing to keep the main thing the main thing?
ScotchGuyTO
Expert Senior ScotchGuyTO Tasting note
22 Jan 2018 4:05 pm
ScotchGuyTO gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

The nose starts off with a heavy handed grain blast, filled with Grape Bubblegum. This settles and the malts begin to show. This is very shy whisky. Calm seaside inlets and hot vanilla ice cream. There's some hints of mulched leaves and a twinge of OBE. There's also some strawberry Jane and the tiniest hint of mint.

Taste

The palate is a different story though... It's sort of one dimensional. Malt and grain swim into vanilla pudding and fall leaves. Some hints of stone fruit (apricot or peaches) and some tea leaf bitters to counter the sweets.

Finish

The finish is short to medium. This is where it falls away for me. Creme brulee and gentle peat smoke make way for tired wood and some sharp earwax it burnt nut notes and wood polish.  The finish is so astringent, leading me to believe the casks are tired and old. The empty glass smells of vanilla pudding that's fine off and punky wood.... This doesn't turn any of my cranks.

Comments

Tasting the Johnnie Walker Blue Ghosted & Rare limited edition... say that 5 times fast.  

Supposedly made up from "rare" casks and ghost distilleries... The nose immediately tells me they're there but in such small parts, you'll spend a weekend trying to find them.

This might be the pinnacle of old distilleries from Diageo but when you blend down casks that couldn't stand in their own right... you get something that doesn't seem to have it's own voice.

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Mvk_dub
Newbie Mvk_dub Note
18 Jan 2018 10:19 pm

https://thewhiskeywash.com/reviews/whisky-review-johnnie-walker-blue-label-ghost-rare/

Appearance: Burnished copper in color, this whisky displays irregular but well-formed legs, along with impressively attenuated beading, which is a surprising combination that I rarely encounter. Does that make Ghost and Rare look “spooky” in the glass? Well, er, sort of. . . but not off-putting, in the least.

Nose: Drafty air from a dunnage warehouse greets the nose, along with hazelnut and caramel. A noticeable wood presence comes across as wet oak. ... In my glass, there are also scents of dark chocolate, cardamom, wheat grass juice, coconut, raspberry, and dried corn husk. I’m impressed with the complexity.


Palate: Forty-six percent ABV provides an adequate “delivery system” for the flavors in my glass. Chocolate-drizzled hazelnut is all but absent in the mouth. I’m getting an austere note of salted cashew instead, along with stewed plum, stewed pear, dried apricot, agave syrup,  and caramelized sugar. I’m also detecting a very faint hint of hickory wood smoke. The finish is medium in length, with a measured, well-articulated sweetness that finally gives up the ghost bitterly. Let’s call it a “mahogany deathbed.” I welcome this last, bitter, woody note, as it tends to ready the palate for another sip of nectar.

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This Walker blend is very well-integrated. Everything comes together holistically in a way that would please just about anyone who enjoys good Scotch whisky. Smoke is a mere whisper--far less pronounced than sherry notes, or wood esters.

Perhaps Ghost and Rare is the closest you will ever come to drinking a "haunted" whisky.

...

Personally, I think Ghost and Rare could make for a charming gift to the person who already owns a respectable whisky collection, and yet still values the casks of bygone distilleries.

By Whisky Kirk 

Score 4.5 / 5

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