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Overall rating
88.74/100
votes
39
Category
Blend
Distilleries
Bottler
John Walker & Sons (JW&S)
Bottling serie
Ghost & Rare Series
Bottled
2018
Strength
43.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 1000 ml
Label
Port Ellen and 7 Rare Whiskies
Barcode
088076182974
Added on
11 Jul 2018 1:53 pm by ctu

Average value

€ 316,81

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Whisky Reviews for Johnnie Walker Blue Label

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.74 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Finish

    May of this year saw the release of the outstanding Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare with Brora. That it would be followed by a Blue Label centered around that other trophy malt from Diageo – Port Ellen – should surprise no one. I was fortunate enough to taste it before its official release (thanks, AD!). While the Brora edition already costs 250 EUR, this one is a little more expense. It was bottled at the unconventional 43.8% ABV. This time around the Ghost refers to Caledonian and Carsebridge (and Port Ellen, of course), while the Rare is represented by Mortlach, Dailuaine, Cragganmore, Blair Athol and Oban.

    The nose is dark and sweet with lots of red fruit, a tad fatty and candy-like shrouded in some distant smoke. Patience offers blood oranges, baked apples with cinnamon and some dades. Soft vanilla. But… I have to be honest… I find it neither complex nor exciting. This is very good, but not earthshattering.

    It is nicely oily, soft on the spices (but they become louder quickly) and fruity. Yes, this is much better! And very maritime. So much more than the nose promised, which is a relief! Dark and sweet fruit and loads of citrus (oranges in the lead), some vanilla and toffee, but also quite a bit of smoke. And waxy. The fruit slowly evolves towards some tropical notes, while the smoke keeps lingering in the back.

    The finish is the clincher. Wonderfully long, smoky warm and – I kid you not – some Port Ellen finally shines through with clarity.

    I must confess, I was quite worried when I nosed it at first. But once past the lips, it proves its pedigree. The finish is awesome. Having said that… the Bora release was much more to my liking.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Thoughts: (89/100) I love a good luxurious dram, who doesn’t? It’s a profile that’s harder to find than a sherry bomb, or a modern designed whisky. Can you taste the Port Ellen though? I can’t say for sure, you’d have to ask someone who really knows Port Ellen well, but the purpose of a blend is to create harmony, and in that sense it’s mission accomplished. I want to hate on JW as much as the next guy but there’s no denying Diageo has a deep portfolio with some ridiculous stocks.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Nose: (88) An old worn in leather chair, there’s some old righteous vanilla in there, Definitely something coastal, very inviting nose. Some nice tobacco and cedar spills, a combination of caramel and lemon. Would be nice to have a little more power, but very nice nonetheless.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Palate: (90) Silky and creamy mouthfeel, milkfuls candy, milk chocolate, salted chocolate, chocolate truffle. Really delicious.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Finish: (89) Creamy, dark fruit, vanilla, leather, almond, very harmonious. What it lacks in character, it makes up in elegance.

  3. Glenjasper scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    From an interview with Jim Beveridge, master blender:

    "How much Port Ellen went into the blend?

    Anyone who knows and understands smokiness in blends knows that you don’t need a lot of smoke in there to have that overt smokiness, The amount of Port Ellen we added to this blend is in that place – the level you need to add to a blend to make it smoky."

    https://blog.thewhiskyexchange.com/2018/12/how-do-you-make-johnnie-walker-ghost-rare/

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