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Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Overall rating
89.12/100
votes
35
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

€ 282,53

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Tastingtags

12 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?
markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Tasting note
08 Jun 2018 7:26 am
markjedi1 gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

It does not happen often (at least not often enough) that I get an ‘OMG’-moment when first sniffing a whisky. This is one of those. A very rich, aromatic, complex nose on roasted pineapple, peach, oranges, joined quickly by earthy notes as if I am standing on the earthen floor of an old dunnage warehouse. And while it is impossible to guess how much Brora went in the mix, I could swear I can detect it! The typical waxiness from Clynelish is also very prominent. Loads of nuts (almonds and hazelnuts) and some honey give it an extra sweet twist. It is even slightly tropical in the background with some banana and coconut. Hint of eucalyptus. In case you were still wondering: yes, this is very complex!

Taste

The arrival is very sweet, a tad spicy and quite smoky. Yellow and green fruit softly evolve towards barley sugar and nuts, upholstered with mint, pipe tobacco, garden herbs, dark chocolate, candy floss and crème brûlée. The smokiness grows.

Finish

The finish starts smoky, but then quickly makes room for subtle sweet, fruity notes and some oak at the death.

Comments

This is a wonderfully good Blue Label, in which the end result is much more than the sum of its parts. A masterpiece. Oh, by the way… the second edition will be coming soon. And the protagonist in that one will be that other trophy malt from Diageo. Yup, you’ve guessed it: Port Ellen. Start saving up.

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
jdg
Newbie jdg Note
06 Jun 2018 4:18 pm

This is on sale on Ocado (UK) for £110 (6th to 12th June).

Dionysus
Expert Senior Dionysus Review note
05 Jun 2018 7:11 pm
Dionysus gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
84.6
Nose
84
Initial taste
85
Body
83
Finish
82
Price
82
Presentation
96
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?

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