Johnnie Walker Platinum Label
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.
Now that i've dealt with the other 11 whiskies, which were -
Day 1 - Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve
Day 2 - Nikka All Malt
Day 3 - Grants Ale Cask
Day 4 - Ballantine's 17 Year Old
Day 5 - Tweeddale 12 Year Old
Day 6 - Mine which isthis review
Day 7 - Smokin', The Gentleman's Dram
Day 8 - Antiquary 21 Year Old
Day 9 - Clontarf Classic Blend
Day 10 - High West Campfire
Day 11 - The Wine Society's Special 14 Year Old
Day 12 - Master of Malt 8 Year Old Blended Whisky
So Day was my turn and what could i unleash on my unsuspecting friends and fellow drammers? well most would assume i would go for something like Baillie Nicol Jarvie as i have a bit of a connection with it but alas no i went for the Johnnie Walker Platinum Label.
This 18 year old dram comes in at around £65 a bottle and i was really interested to see the reactions from the #12blends guys. My own instinct was that it was nice enough but not worth the money and that tended to be the theme for the others also.
if you want to try it out though you can pop to the The Whisky Exchange and pick one up to try.
the nose on this is initially quite off and really quite difficult to describe, some very light smoke in there, brown bread toast, sweet red apples and some bramley cooking apples, i'm also picking up quite a malty note and theres a touch of oak in ther also.
some more bramley cooking apples and other summery sweet fruits, the malty and brown bread tost notes are still there anda touch of tannin like a well stewed cup of tea
very smooth easy drinking and malty
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