Overall rating
John Walker & Sons (JW&S)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
18 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
18 Jan 2014 6:07 pm by hnorjordet

Average value

€ 66.03

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186 × member ratings

637 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Johnnie Walker Platinum Label

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.45 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    We couldn’t avoid a blend by Diageo now could we. First introduced in 2011 at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, the JW Platinum 18yo was launched internationally via travel retail in 2012. The latest relaunch [Mar ’17], now sees it available in general stores and retailers globally. The Platinum Label is the most recent addition to Diageo's Johnnie Walker blended ‘colour’ range. Unlike Macallan however, it’s got a colour and an age statement. Created by master blender Dr Jim Beveridge WM, it’s made of ‘up to’ 18 different whiskies including Cardhu, Glen Elgin and Auchroisk in the main, Blair Athol and aged island malts. We should get excited by these aged blends, they are an historical trip round Scotland in a bottle, with this one retailing at around £69 [Apr ’17].
    N: A fruity & yeasty malt with nicely integrated yet clearly defined smoke - blended malted barley personified.
    T: It does tighten up initially, taking a while to loosen up. Now i know the main emphasis, the heart of this blend if you like is it’s Speyside malts yet it’s the Island malt[s] that has/have captured my attention today. This is so very Talisker-esque in it's smokiness and sweet-savoury maltiness, and far better than my current Talisker 18 that’s for sure [I’m really struggling with a 2016 batch].
    F: Longest finish of the night and the first with a noteworthy mouthfeel. More peated-smoked barley with more Talisker character-style heather and dry vanilla all the way to the end.
    C: New & re-launched whisky tends to be of higher quality whilst the customer base is being established, and this is really good gear. I may even join that customer base and buy a bottle. It would really benefit from an abv hike though. It rather died in the glass after an hour - but then i guess it's not necessarily intended for long periods of sipping, though there’s plenty to glean given all those components and all them years. A super blend for drinking and sipping and for getting trashed on. Best of the night for me, equal to the Dewar’s. Blog.

    Scores a C+

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2013]  I found this dram in a commercial advents calendar.  In
    my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 82,5.  I
    took no detailed notes and never bought a commercial advents calender

  3. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      A hint of smoke and vanilla, a light fruit note, a little sparkling.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Light spice, some smoke, yet balanced, quickly becoming soft with light fruit components and oak notes, hint of sweetness.
    • Finish
      84 84
      At first slightly sparkling, then slightly tart with oak, a touch of sweet and fruity.

      If you take some time for him, it’s not too bad and can be liked.

      Decaying medium length with a hint of smoke ...

  4. valery77 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Thin, a little slender. Malt, vanilla and floral notes, light haze, echoes of peat, fruit lollipops, wet sawdust. 20
    • Taste
      Light-bodied, moderately sweet, watery. Alcohol bitterness, water with sugar, light smoke, a little peat, fruit lollipops. 18
    • Finish
      Medium in length, alcohol bitterness and woody motifs dominate, at the end a little menthol is added. 19
      From the lineup, “Johnny Walker” seemed the closest to Red Label, but, of course, more smooth, soft and soft. Balance 20
      Total 77

  5. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very tasty and round, nice fruity (towards orange / tangerine), creamy, cereals. I can not find smoke.
    Was, if I remember correctly, the 60 €, which is OK, nice gift for people who "like to drink a scotch", but do not want to make any science out of it.

  6. schengel10 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A tasty, mild, old and good blend!
    • Nose
      fruity (citrus), sweetness, oak, smoke, a lot of vanilla;
    • Taste
      soft, mild fruity onion (pears, apricots, oranges), sweetness, caramel, almonds, some oak, no smoke;
    • Finish
      long filigree finish; in the end, sweet and vanilla;

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    On the nose, ripe fruit, caramel, cinnamon. It looks like a single malt. On the palate, nice dose of spices, beautiful body. Definitely, it's done! The alliance of maturity and sweetness. The finish disappears a little fast (and thus betrays the presence of grain) but gently and a touch of wood and coffee.
    Enthusiasm 3/5

  8. Garkbit scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      78 78

  9. jankes scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Bottle polishing:

    N: Apple malt, pineapple citrus, light & soft candy, floral honey>wood planks and a gentle foot hold of peat. Later, sweet and delectable fruit juice [blood orange & wild strawberry], encapsulated within a slightly metallic easter egg chocolate casing.
    T: Quite the non-event at first if only somewhat soft=sharp, then a little dull and nondescript - but wait. Some oaky peat is then immediately evident before notes of malty [cheapish] cocoa=chocolate, grey wrapping paper, a little glue, parsley and old sawdust. It then thickens, quickly becoming a classic JW signature blend.
    F: Soft spirity waxy chocolate=paper mulch with soft yet clear ground pepper on the tip of the tongue. Surprisingly long lasting finish.
    C: This whisky was far tastier when first opened, and the presence faded significantly after being decanted. The quality [not the length] of the finish was particularly effected yet the nose lives on. Designed for enthusiasts on the move perhaps? Pretty decent clobber that today loses a mark in the endurance test.Scores a C[+]


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