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Johnnie Walker Blue Label - King George V

Overall rating
88.38/100
votes
73
Category
Blend
Bottler
John Walker & Sons (JW&S)
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000267108759
Added on
14 Mar 2015 9:05 am by Gonathras

Average value

€ 436,34

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Whisky Reviews for Johnnie Walker Blue Label - King George V

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.38 points

  1. Jevan scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    This is a bit disappointing given its cost. Luckily I got a half price deal on mine :) . The "rare casks from distilleries open during the reign of George V" is such BS. All that means is that they were open in 1936 which doesn't exclude that many! I think the standard Blue Label is better as is the Green. 81. They should spend less on the outlandish packaging and more on the liquid.
    • Nose
      Warm, nutty nose at first. Some ripe red fruits. Spices, nutmeg and ginger. Malty and with some light smoke. Something herbal like thyme. Tamarind? Gives way to light oak and the spices come up front.
    • Taste
      Lovely rich taste. Very spicy - ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, white pepper, but perhaps a little too much oaky wood influence. A little sulphur hiding in there too? Light mint at the end.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium and very drying as the tannins gain sway.Light mint at the end. A touch disappointing given the rare casks supposed to be in this blend.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Luscious

    There are different batches of this ‘royal’ blend from Johnnie Walker, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a sample from the very first release. This blend is a tribute to the Royal Warrant that was bestowed upon John Walker & Sons by King George V who reigned from 1910 until 1936. Hence the blend is composed only from distilleries that were operational at that time, including some closed ones like Cambus, Glen Albyn and Port Ellen. It will set you back between 350 and 500 EUR.

    The nose is a layered mix of white, yellow and red fruit, joined by origin chocolate and a nice floral note. Some roasted nuts and a lovely hint of smoke. Sweeter than the later version in my opinion. Grand nonetheless.

    It caresses the taste buds, while being quite oily. Good body. And immediately a grand spiciness in the guise of nutmeg, ginger and some pepper. Then the whole is softened by layers of fruit, with the emphasis on oranges. Some mint gives it a fresh uplift.

    The finish is surprisingly long, sweet and mildly drying, in which the mint keeps it fresh, while the citrus fruit slowly fades. A touch of oak lingers nicely.

    Luscious and rich. Impressive blend, which is just as well with a price tag like that. But it does prove – as if that is still needed – that blends certainly do not have to be inferior to single malts in terms of complexity.

  3. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    He is even better than the Chivas Regal 25 (WID: 51613). Overall, more complex and deeper. He can do something. Priced but also very ambitious. He is far from worth it for me.

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Another fantastic luxurious blend that certainly deserves the moniker ‘royal’. But for that price I can buy four bottles of Blue Label or even two of the Ghost & Rare. Apologies, Your Majesty.
    • Nose
      The nose is very soft, but beautifully layered. It starts on nuts and ripe fruit, mostly of the red variety. Very herbal with touches of thyme and rose petals. Some barley sugar and mild wood notes to give some depth. Roasted nuts and dark chocolate. Hint of sweet smoke. Impressive.
    • Taste
      It is very rich on the palate. Spicy on ginger, cinnamon and white pepper with a hint of nutmeg. A leaf of mint keeps it fresh and leaves enough room for citrus fruit to show itself. Mostly oranges. Less complex than hoped, but still silky soft and seductive.
    • Finish
      It turns mildly dry in the medium long finish. A touch of mint at the death.

  5. Jevan scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

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