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Overall rating
86.56/100
votes
97
Whiskybase ID
WB166989
Category
Blend
Bottler
John Walker & Sons (JW&S)
Bottling serie
200 Years Limited Edition
Bottled
2020
Strength
51.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000267182902
Added on
07 oct 2020 9:24 pm by Winfield

Average value

£ 46.61

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Whisky Reviews for Johnnie Walker Celebratory Blend

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.56 points

  1. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I think it will be one of those bottles that shouldn't be missing on any JW shelf in the future. This bottling is a must for every JW lover! The look alone obliges you to buy. Great made with this presentation on "old school" and then bottled with more than 50%. Unique. It will be a milestone in the company's history and has truly earned every future award. Thanks to JW for the courage to create this wonderful Celebratory Blend. Original note from JW: ... inspired by our original "Old Highland Whiskey" from 1860.
    • Nose
      He leased the nose from Collectivum XXVIII but not so floral. More exotic and not as strikingly smoky on the nose as the Green Label. For those who are patient and play with water, it even has complex notes to offer. This nose takes time and you will be rewarded for it. Because so he can still stand up to the 15er. I'm excited. A tropical, delicate, minimally smoky orange nose.
    • Taste
      Full and full of volume, it conquers every corner of the mouth. Salivating, it demands full attention with its tingling but delicate woody spiciness. But hello, things are really going on here for a blend. Who drives with will be rewarded! The full orange biscuit baking program with lots of berry-sweet elements. The transition becomes drier but very stable and smoky sweet with a texture that doesn't lose its balance.
    • Finish
      Tends to be long and warm without slacking off. A great experience for a blend. Without missing grades, it makes an impression and keeps you awake until the end. The quality is flawless and, with the greatest care, stable until the end. A respectful praise to the master blender, because I did not expect this finish. Only the grain announces itself at the end without being disturbing. The "malt share" must be very high here, that is certain and for that the requested issue price between 50-60 € is an excellent PLV. Thanks to John Walker & Sons for this great gift to their loyal customers for their 200th anniversary.
      PS. Thought: The Collectivum XXVIII costs three times as much;))

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Old School

    One of the special releases Johnnie Walker launched in honor of the 200th anniversary of the company in 2020 was this Celebratory Blend, inspired by the original Old Highland Whisky.

    Lovely old school nose on dried, yellow fruit (sultanas, peach, pineapple), candied orange peel, molded wood and bakery spices. A hint of smoke, very delicate and distinguished. Soft vanilla. Touch of caramel. I’m very impressed with this nose.

    Good body, almost syrupy. Raw sugar, orange juice, applesauce, vanilla custard, maple syrup, dark honey and some cashew nuts. Lovely spiciness in the guise of pepper, liquorice and lots of woodsmoke. Again that delicate smokiness that slowly but surely becomes quite grand. This is impressively good.

    Outstanding finish. Long, smoky, sweet and softly drying.

    Had I known this was going to be so good, I would have gotten three bottles. I think I may need to sneak this into a blind tasting to surprise the JW haters. Would love to see the look on their faces.

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A whisky befitting of such an iconic brand.
    • Nose
      Sweet, charred oranges with a very faint whisper of bonfire smoke, as well as warming baking spices and vanilla. What follows is a delicate combination of dried fruits, such as raisins and sultanas, and tinned fruits, like peach and pineapple. Top notch.
    • Taste
      Creamy with soft notes of cherry syrup, toffee and raw sugar, quickly followed by oak tannins, peanuts and gentle spices. Finally some dry, earthy smoke and vanilla pods.
    • Finish
      Somewhat drying. Lingering smoke, wood spices.

  4. Batman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Johnnie Walker makes decent and consistent blends as far as brand-name blends go. Diageo does step outside of bounds for the brand here and there - for example with the excellent Green Label, the excellent Ghost and Rare Blue series (but pricey), and now, with the truly excellent Celebratory Blend which also happens to be a great value. And, a JW blend at 51% alc! Amazing.

    Complex bittersweet old-style slightly mossy/musty (in a good way) sherry on the nose - although it's not heavy sherry, allowing other elements to add balance. On the palate, waxy orchard fruits (Clynelish?), a myriad of complex fruit flavors which become more pronounced on the finish, along with a wisp of peat (possibly from Talisker and/or Caol Ila?).

    Truly great old-world style whisky AND a great value. Reminds me of the also excellent (and higher priced) Collectivum 28 from Diageo. Will need to sample head-to-head one day to compare.

    One caution with either of these bottles - the bitter-sweet / dirty / musty sherry could be off-putting for those just getting acquainted with whisky. Something to consider especially considering the excellent price.

  5. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Quite a nice blend.
    • Nose
      Musty sherry, orange liqueur, brandy chocolates, mild orange zest, floral honey.
    • Taste
      Sweet and spice arrival. Red fruit, orange liqueur, dark honey, mild clove, dry oak, must.
    • Finish
      Long finish with billowing soft spice, mild honey, and faint orange.

  6. Likudi scored this whisky 86 points Shoplink Moderator

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Thanks to BATMAN for the hint with the topic Collectivum

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very powerful and predominantly fruity whisky. In the nose the alcohol punch is a bit too much, in taste the Abv suits very well. Very pleasant dram.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Quite some alcohol initially, ripe fruits, apples. Rhubarb, ripe citrus. Some sweet honey. Alcohol remains a little pungent.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Powerful, sparkling. Ripe fruits, apples, honey, floral notes. Full body.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Still powerful, ripe fruits, floral, apples and citrus. Warming in the belly. Pretty long finish.

  10. rich_93 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    An interesting JW, the nose is great especially with air in the bottle. I felt a bit let down by the palate and finish though. Definitely buy for any JW fan. Unless you’re in that group I think your money’s better spent elsewhere (on the green label, for example, which is a lot cheaper in the UK).

    Happy birthday, Johnnie!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very sweet, spicy, fruity. Very Johnnie Walker, nicely balanced and delicious, really quite enjoying this. Candied fruits and bit of waxiness. I am revisiting these notes and giving a rating about 6 months after opening the bottle, and it’s improved a ton.

      Icing sugar, vanilla, pear and green apple. Nutmeg, cardamom, perhaps a bit of cinnamon. Tonka bean. The patisserie sweetness is the defining characteristic, but I’m enjoying the fruity notes more.
    • Taste
      82 82
      The mouthfeel doesn’t quite live up to the nose, it’s a bit thin. Still, tastes very nice though! Sweet and spicy again. Orange peel, candied pear and apple, a bit of honey with some floral notes. Rather spirity though, as expected from a NAS. Can’t really take any water so you won’t be able to tame it by dilution either.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Fruity and sweet. Fresh apple and pear with continued sweetness. Vanilla ice cream. Plenty of spice. Quite nice undiluted.

  11. claymore84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 01-17-2022.

  12. KB201 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Johnnie Walker with 51%

    The Johnnie Walker Celebratory Blend was composed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of blenders. 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of John Walker opening his small grocery store in Scotland. The Celebratory Blend was inspired by John Walker & Sons' 'Old Highland Whisky' which was created for export in the 1860s and was the first whiskey from Scotland to be distributed around the world.

  13. Willum scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  14. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/12/05/the-whisky-show-2021-part-6-11-the-misfits/

    C: I like this, a sharper, fresher dram in comparison to the 28yo – which isn’t at all surprising. Better than JW Black [WLP83] certainly, but at £51, it needs to be. No details on the batch size, so perhaps this is a rolling celebratory bottling. The biggest thing to celebrate is that [enthusiasts] abv.

    Scores 85 points

  15. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful dram. Oranges, pineapple, spices, sultanas, vanilla, some barrel char. Lingering finish. Reminiscent of Clynelish. Wonder how much of it is in there?
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. glenrob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  18. Hvdree scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  19. Danlow scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A good whiskey for the money and considering the 51% ABV. I would never have thought of a blended malt blindly. Absolutely worth buying for around € 50.
    If you are looking for a modern whiskey, you will probably not like it that much. This one has an old (sherry) profile, like a couvreur, if not quite as good.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. Ing Tretti scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Excellent value for money, with a history (200 years old) and an incredible 51% bottled. Bravo!

  22. Mapl scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  23. tedtheodorelogan scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    This is my favorite JW blend now. Previously it was the Blade runner. Still a fan of the blue/green/platinum/gold/ black and even red offerings too. But I love this one. It really opens up with a drop of water, thick warm toffee and cream. surprisingly long finish. Will probably make an exceptional hot toddy too.

  24. SuperNode scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      96 96

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