One of the special releases Johnnie Walker launched in honor of the 200th anniversary of the company in 2020 was this Celebratory Blend, inspired by the original Old Highland Whisky.
Lovely old school nose on dried, yellow fruit (sultanas, peach, pineapple), candied orange peel, molded wood and bakery spices. A hint of smoke, very delicate and distinguished. Soft vanilla. Touch of caramel. I’m very impressed with this nose.
Good body, almost syrupy. Raw sugar, orange juice, applesauce, vanilla custard, maple syrup, dark honey and some cashew nuts. Lovely spiciness in the guise of pepper, liquorice and lots of woodsmoke. Again that delicate smokiness that slowly but surely becomes quite grand. This is impressively good.
Outstanding finish. Long, smoky, sweet and softly drying.
Had I known this was going to be so good, I would have gotten three bottles. I think I may need to sneak this into a blind tasting to surprise the JW haters. Would love to see the look on their faces.