Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
John Walker & Sons (JW&S)
Bottling serie
Explorers' Club Collection
40.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
United States United States
Added on
31 jan 2014 4:09 pm by rdriessen

Average value

€ 99.91

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Whisky reviews for Johnnie Walker The Spice Road

8 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 79.48 points.

  1. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet, mild, vanilla, spicy and oak
    • Taste
      Sweet, oak, spicy sharpness, oak and vanilla. A nice fruity note
    • Finish
      Sweet, oak, nut

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  3. glenrob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  4. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    On the nose: nothing. Oh yes, that's right, this sample stayed in my empty house at 12 ° C, let's have time to warm up. Later, so, caramel and toasted wood, but a bit stingy overall. The first sip is very convincing and contrasts with the softness of the nose: beautiful attack with frank spices, then coffee and dark chocolate. It is more "malt" than "blend", and it is more than 40 °. The good surprise passed, the following sips are less interesting: we still feel a little dilution despite everything. And these spices are definitely a little too supported (you tell me for a whiskey called The Spice Road, at least we are not deceived by the goods!), They infused this whiskey with pepper? The finish is short with spices that persist in aftertaste. Even for me who likes the angles, I find that this whiskey lacks a little roundness.
    Enthusiasm 2/5

  5. djmaxliving scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Nose - Sweet honey, toffee, floral, grass, biscuit, shortbread, spice, clove and ginger. Good layered depth on the nose, sherry and herbs creeping in. Excellent.Taste - Little faint cherry, spice with fresh light softwood. Extreme plain in the first taste but gets stronger in the second sip and keeps on building, after a while the cherry cola note takes control.
    Finish -  Oak, sweetness, spicy and liquorice. Not bad finish, medium length. 
    Note -  Very easy drinking whisky, but don't be fueled ? This I'm fairly certain contains a high proportional of single malt whisky, at least 70% if not more. The taste reminds me of Coca cola cherry edition, which I'm not a huge fan of. Completely different from anything I've tried before, but not in a bad way. 
    A single drop of water or two, opens up the spice in this whisky and be prepared for the full impact.

    This Blend can put some single malts to shame. 
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. Achany scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Surprised me, really an excellent blend.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. wacher did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Explorers’ Club settles Diageo lawsuit
    22nd September, 2014 by Lauren Eads
    Diageo will be able to sell bottles of its
    Explorers’ Club Whisky having entered into a licensing agreement with a
    real-life Explorers’ Club that successfully sued it for infringing on
    its trademark.

    The Diageo-owned Scotch whisky brand launched its Explorers’ Club whisky collection in 2012.
    However in March of this year the real life Explorers’ Club, which is
    based in Manhattan and counts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin among its
    members, filed a lawsuit against Diageo claiming it had stolen its trademark.
    In August a New York judge agreed ruling in the favour of the Explorers’ Club and asserting that Diageo had unfairly profited off its name with the range achieving about $50 million in sales.
    Following the ruling, Diageo and The Explorers’ Club have now
    announced a global sponsorship and licensing agreement to settle all
    outstanding litigation between the two parties.
    “This collaboration with The Explorers Club brings the history and
    importance of exploration to life and allows us to share our joint
    passion for exploration and discovery,” said Guy Escolme, global brand
    director for Johnnie Walker
    “The Explorers Club is leading the way in world exploration, and we
    are privileged to be able to join them in this extraordinary effort.”
    Under the agreement, Johnnie Walker has become a corporate sponsor of
    The Explorers’ Club, with both groups making a commitment to “promote
    exploration and discovery, the core of The Explorers Club’s mission”.
    Alan Nichols, president of The Explorers Club, said: “With this new
    and exciting relationship, The Explorers’ Club will be able to enhance
    its grant programs, further develop its highly successful lecture series
    and educational events, and expand its role as the World Center for
    Financial terms of the agreement were not revealed.

  8. dave3 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  9. wacher did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    New York Judge Rules Against Diageo In Explorers Club Lawsuit

    August 5, 2014 – Diageo is looking for a legal lifeline
    now that a New York state judge has ruled for the Explorers Club in its
    lawsuit over the Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club line of Scotch whiskies.
    Law 360.com reports
    Manhattan Justice Charles Ramos has issued a permanent injunction
    banning Diageo from using the Explorers’ Club name under a state law
    banning the commercial use of established names for “benevolent,
    humane, or charitable” organizations without permission. The Club’s
    members have included legendary explorers from Sir Ernest Shackleton to
    astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and the organization funds scientific research
    and educational programs, making it eligible for relief under the state
    Ramos has not ruled on the scope of his order yet, and Diageo executives have objected to a New York Post report that
    Ramos has ordered Diageo to remove the three whiskies in the range from
    travel retail outlets. The company has not received a written copy of
    the judge’s ruling yet. Following an April court hearing, Ramos ruled
    that Diageo adopted the Explorers’ Club name to lead consumers to
    believe the whiskies were “connected or affiliated” with the club,
    leading to an estimated $50 million in sales. Diageo and the Club had
    been in talks to license the name before the range was launched in late
    2012, but the talks broke down and Diageo went ahead with the launch of
    the initial Trade Route series.

  10. yabasaha scored this whisky 78 points Newbie

    Spicy, oaky nose. Extra spicy flavor, true to its name, together with hints of vanilla and light fruits. Chocolate, cherry and oaky finish.


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