Johnnie Walker Blue Label

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Ghost & Rare Brora & Rare
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
10 Dec 2017 11:27 am by holborndrinker

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€ 983.69

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Whisky Reviews for Johnnie Walker Blue Label

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.10 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2020] This is a must try - simply to find out how many drops of old Brora they added to this batch...

    ...and my best guess is they used a teaspoon to add Brora to this vat. The nose is pretty nice (but nothing really special) while both the taste and finish are underwhelming. The casks they used were pretty much over the top with way too many bitter tannic notes and way too low enjoyable flavours. This is nothing else than a marketing gimmick addressed to people who have heard of but never tasted a Brora single malt release, and it is of a rather poor quality (given its price point).
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is deep gold but this is irrelevant because Diageo usually adds caramel to all of its blends (and most single malts, too). The nose is delicate and complex as can be expected from such a vat - but I swear I did not find any specific Brora aroma, Diageo! The Clynelish, Glenlossie and Glenkinchie are quite present as are the grains but there is not a single whiff of peat smoke or of these irresistable machine oils running out of rusted ship engines which you often find in old Brora. Anyway, this nose is pretty fine and the blender did a good job, no doubt. Is it something special? No, not really - certainly not if you expected anything Brora-esque...
    • Taste
      82 82
      The taste is much weaker and dominated by a rather bitter wood-driven Glenlossie profile with some Glenkinchie impressions. I do neither find any Brora nor Pittyvaich nor Clynelish trademark flavours in this mix and even the grainy notes are rather shy. The wood grows stronger on the palate which turns the taste towards bitterness and completely drives it out of any balance (was there a balance before, not sure). Water strengthens the bitter-tannic aromas in the nose and turns the taste even flatter, so forget about it. By the way, forget about the taste at all unless you like bitter aspirin-alike drinks.
    • Finish
      80 80
      The initial mouthfeel is disappointing with a flat and slightly bitter-astringent texture which did not coat anything. Hey, you can do better than that, Diageo! Respectively, the finish is short as a lightning and adds nothing remarkable except growing bitter-drying impressions which become annoying towards the end. What a shame given the price point of this dram (luckily I had a sample only)!

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • 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.

  3. TsiAI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Eyes: Golden Scent Nose: More harmonious than PE, wheat fragrance, fermented dough, crisp temperate fruit, a little citrus fragrance, mango pineapple juice, white chocolate, a little cheesecake, a little cream roll, a little green orange, tap water , Although not thin, but slightly less complex Palate: slightly sweet, not sour, slightly bitter, slightly irritating. Citrus, grain, red Fuji, tribute mandarin, wood, old book, a little smoked feel, the end is coconut meat, the structure is fairly clear, the final rhyme Finish: long, red pear water, biscuits, citrus gum Body: medium, slightly Astringent, fat

    Nose: 85/100
    Palate: 85/100
    Finish: 84/100
    Body: 85/100
    Overall: 85/100, this is better than PE, at least in terms of hierarchy and structure, and the body is more robust

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The nose is lovely but the palate does not even get close to the nose, it does not matter what the sum of parts are if there is a flaw and this is too woody and bitter at this price, shame.
    I think there is a fair bit of Glenkinchie in this, pretty sure it is higher proportion than the others, the ginger spicy aspect of the profile gives it away.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The first thing to say is that this is a nice nose, plenty going on, stewed forest fruits, various woods, a little peat, honeycomb, hints of vanilla, roasted coffee. ginger biscuits.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Now that is spicy, very lively indeed with the peat mixing with the sherry and spice really well, but there is a definite bitter woodiness which for me really spoils this but lets see if it settles down with a little air.
      The second mouthful is sweeter but even more spicy with a real ginger kick, it is a little drying, a little woody but not as much as before but still a woody after taste.
      Parts of the profile are really good but the woody bitterness ruins this for me
    • Finish
      83 83
      quite long, spicy and bitter

  5. Moses did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

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



    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


    CONCLUSIONThis 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


    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


  6. Squinugie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This whisky starts with smooth and sweet notes on nose with caramel, sweet fruits, dried fruits, leather, minerality, light smoke more wood then peat, nuts, vanilla ice-cream. The palate is a smooth and sweet with fruits, dried fruits, oak, nuts and grass notes. The finish is a long, spicy and lightly dry with dried fruits, vanilla, oak, light wood smoke and sweet fruits notes. The Blue Label Brora Edition is a well balanced, smooth and tasty whisky. It would be very good for drinking with pleasure. I gave 86 points.

  8. Glenjasper scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: light peated smoke, furniture polish, sweet fruits, dried fruits, muffins, spices, light cereals notes, vanilla and cream. Mouth: apples, light and delicate peated smoke, dried fruits and spices, Finish: long, vanilla, dried fruits, light peated smoke, pepper and oak. It’s a very tasty and easy drinkable whisky!

  10. DrBardamu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90


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