I was tasting some miniatures with my younger brother a few days ago, we were sharing some ideas and my brother said he doesn't get that why everybody is drinking Johnnie Walker and it's overrated. So I opened a JW Black miniature from the 90s and gave it a chance to speak for itself.
This miniature is JW Black Extra Special, bottled at 43% and it's a plastic bottle.
Nose: Big, sweet and slightly smoky. Coffee beans, caramel, plum and sugarcane.
Palate: Quite thick, a lot of sherry and wine cask flavors. Plum, cinnamon, peat, leather and sea salt.
Finish: Cream brulee, licorice, earth and dark chocolate. Slightly bitter in the end.
Balance: Very subtle, would have guessed double the age if tasted blind. Very ripe sherry and wine cask flavors, with some peat and smoke hidden in the background. Almost perfect.
Thoughts: What a great blend. Imagine Ron Zacapa aged for 20+ years with Talisker's peat and smoke. If only every JW Black tastes like this nowadays.