Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
John Walker & Sons (JW&S)
Bottling serie
Ghost & Rare Glenury Royal
43.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
11 Jul 2019 10:11 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 317.92

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47 × member ratings

149 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Johnnie Walker Blue Label

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.11 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    Admit it, Glenury Royal sounds a lot less impressive than Brora or Port Ellen, but that did not stop Jim Beveridge to create a third expression in the so-called Ghost & Rare series. The Highlander Glenury Royal – one of only three distilleries allowed to add Royal to their name – closed in 1985 (and was demolished in 1992, now replaced by flats). The distillery was built in 1825 by Captain Robert Barclay who was also a parliamentarian. After a fierce fire, the distillery was resurrected – like a phoenix from its ashes, hence the logo on the luxurious box. Yes, I think it looks beautiful. Next to this malt, this release also contains Pittyvach and Cambus as ‘ghosts’ and the ‘rares’ are Glen Elgin, Inchgower, Glenlossie, Glenkinchie and Cameronbridge (grain). It is bottled at 43.8%. I felt the Brora edition was outstanding and the Port Ellen edition fantastic. I wonder if this Glenury Royal version comes close.

    Wonderfully soft nose on apples, apricots, citrus, mango, pineapple (a mix of both fresh and dried), nuts, heather honey and vanilla. Lovely floral notes. A touch waxy too. An absolutely delicious nose.

    The fruit certainly returns on the palate (now more juicy than dried, with apricots in the lead), but that is upholstered by notes of toffee, some nuts and butterscotch. Toffee apples kick in with a vengeance. Feisty op pepper. The wood takes care of a bitter note. Perfectly balanced.

    The finish is soothing, long and makes you realise that Dr Beveridge has succeeded once again in creating a decadently deliciuos blend.

    Look, Blue Label is already a great blend. But these Ghost & Rare releases are clearly in a league of their own. This is absolutely great stuff. My wife said ‘What?! 285 EUR for a blended whisky?’ Then I poured her a dram and she whispered ‘Pour me another one,’ while nodding affirmatively.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Moderator

    Not bad
    • Nose
      86 86
      Vinous notes, nutty, berries, dried fruits, raisins, ripe apricot, honey, cooked fruits, jam, apple, spices, little cinnamon
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oily, creamy, good sweetness, good fruitiness, vanilla, berries, more raisins, red wine, spices, pepper, littl eoak wood
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, warm, spicy, vanilla

  3. whiskyfusel scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    I had a sample of 5cl, which I tasted on two occasions within a week.
    Nose: Very nice! Fragrant. Fruity. Sweet. Honey. Inviting.
    Palate: Smooth. Sweet. Fruits. A touch of smoke. Mild. Velvety.
    Finish: Warm and nice.

    This is nice! Perfect for drinking neat. I am looking forward to taste the Legendary Eight and the Rare & Ghost Port Ellen!

  4. Mittic76 scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    The nose wins. Fruity with apple, pear, apricot, honey, vanilla and butterscotch very tasty, very well integrated
    Fruity notes alternating with pepper, harmoniously rounded dried fruits, dark chocolate, honey, some wax. Uncomplicated unfortunately less complex. Only partially confirms the fantastic nose. Still convincing.
    Medium-long finish with a lot of dark chocolate, a bit leathery and chilli with oil.
    Spicier than its little blue brother, but not necessarily more complex.

  5. wisekycourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    very pleasant nose with honey, crushed nuts, macerated fruit (undifferentiated in my opinion!), a little spicy
    on the palate, it is very creamy, smooth, round, feeling of cake, sweetness, caramel, fruit more on pears and candied apricots, a little orange peel coated with icing sugar, woody back and a little leather
    the finish is simple, with a vanilla meland, honey, nuts, candied fruit, it's simple, but it's very good actually.
    blend of high flight!

  6. M134481 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nuts, with apricots and pineapple. Vanilla, leather and lots of honey.
    • Taste
      Leather, pepper, citrus fruit, apricots, honey, vanilla, waxy.
    • Finish
      Nuts, honey, pepper, citrus fruit, waxy and fruity.

  7. detachedblue scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Meaty, old-style, very nutty and creamy, fresh herbs, cake and biscuits, a promising nose.
    • Taste
      Taste felt a bit young, very classic Speyside mellowness, new oak, pencil peel, sweet herbs, quite floral.
    • Finish
      Medium, malty and simple.


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