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Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Blue Blood

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

29th Sep 2021


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  • Brand: Johnnie Walker
  • ABV: 40%

This was a mystery sample provided by @Nozinan

Neat from a Glencairn

  • Nose: Green apples, pears, honey, something slightly vegetal, with time there is a hint of sultanas coming through. With a good rest, there are some spices coming through but they’re faint.
  • Palate: light bodied, red fruits, honey, a bit of melon, a touch of oak, a touch of balsamic vinegar
  • Finish: medium length, malty notes, chocolate, a whisp of smoke, green apple lingering
  • Thoughts: I’m thinking this is a Highland Park 15 Year Old, or something along those lines. This is an interesting whisky, but I’m not in love with it. I’d be perfectly happy to drink this with friends or get it as a gift, but I’m not sure I’d want to purchase a bottle.
  • Reveal: Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Well there you go. I've had this once before, but it was years ago in a hotel bar with a friend of mine before I started seriously tasting whisky. While this whisky wasn't bad by any means, there's no way I'd pay $300 for a bottle. In fact, I'm not sure I'd buy a bottle with my own money. It's fine and all, but there's literally no "wow" factor here.


Victor commented

@OdysseusUnbound thank you for your review.

I've tasted JW Blue from about 5 different bottles. They varied from one another quite a bit. In the right smooth mood and from a good batch, JW Blue can be superb. Otherwise JW Blue just tends to seem weak in the mouth and absurdly expensive to the wallet. .

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OdysseusUnbound commented

@Victor I’m glad I got to do a blind tasting because I know I wasn’t unduly harsh or generous based on preconceived ideas. It took a good 20 minute rest in the glass to open up, but even then it was pleasant and better than average but not wow good. Maybe it’s just me.

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Victor commented

@OdysseusUnbound what was "just you" was an unbiased review. Bravo!

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RianC commented

I bought a 90s bottle at auction a while ago (@43%). It would be interesting to try it alongside a recent bottle but no way id pay asking price.

I have a suspicion the older ones may be better but that could be wishful thinking grin

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Nozinan commented

@RianC You have a good point. If my late brother in law was still with us I might have persuaded him to do a H2H between a newer 40% and the 43% he rescued from our father in law...

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