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Johnnie Walker’s Blue Label is said to contain some very exclusive whisky, even some from closed distilleries. That should give us the feeling that it is indeed very old whisky, of course. How else can you ask between 125 and 175 EUR for a no age statement blend? Or am I too harsh now? Is there more going on than just packaging (in every sense of the word)? Let us find out.
The nose is quite perfumy with a small sweetness, hints of fresh bread and some peat smoke. But so soft. Silky soft, in fact. So soft that it borders on becoming uninteresting. Fairly little fruit, actually. A leaf of mint.
On the palate, it is wonderfully oily and offers a good mouthfeel from the get go. The sweetness now goes hand-in-hand with some baking spices, pepper, soft peat that develops a nice smokiness and finally some caramelized onions. Truly, this works! It has something wonderfully umami.
The finish is spicy and smoky and fairly long.
The nose was quite modest, but on the palate this is very good. I do not know how much Islay whisky has gone into this, but I am told that it even contains some Port Ellen. In my opinion, the Blue Label is surprisingly peaty, in which the Ileach easily overpower the Speysiders.