Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
Furthering my month of Blended whisky i had persuaded the guys from the #12dramsofxmas blind tastings to go along with #12blends. The purpose of #12blends is simple, 12 whisky bloggers and twitterers would send the other 11 a sample of a blended whisky marked only with their random number. The point being on a set day between 1st and 12th April that the other 11 would try to guess what the whisky is scoring points for Producer, Expression, Age and ABV with the overall winner being awarded a bottle of Compass Box Asyla kindly donated by the brilliant blended whisky producers Compass Box.
I've let it a few days before starting these reviews just so that i can catch up and also as some i have reviewed before, even though i'm unlikely to remember them.
First up and day 1 was Adrian (@mynameisgone) with Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve a cracker of a dram.
My stupid guess for this was Pigs Nose 5 year old 40%
a very very light whiff of smoke, there's some lovely malt loaf notes in here and a touch of honey that keeps pushing itself further and further forward a touch of treacle adds to the balance.
creamy and malty with touches of oak wood, none of the treacle or honey that i was expecting
this has quite a nice warming finish