Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
John Walker & Sons (JW&S)
Bottling serie
200 Years Limited Edition
51.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
07 Oct 2020 9:24 pm by Winfield

Average value

£ 45.96

26 × in wishlist

91 × member ratings

521 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Johnnie Walker Celebratory Blend

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.66 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. 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.

  10. claymore84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 01-17-2022.


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