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In just a moment, I will have tasted all five of the core labels from Johnnie Walker: Red, Black, Green, Gold & Blue. I received this sample from Master of Malt, as part of their Drinks By The Dram program. I look forward to finally getting to taste this whisky, as it has heretofore been elusive to me (not wanting to spend nearly $200 on a bottle of blended whisky).
The Blue Label is bottled at 40% ABV.
Nose: Very complex nose! It has traces of nearly all the major profiles: smoke, vanilla, sherry, sea air, honey, and probably a lot more I can't quite disect. After tasting, the nose becomes more fruity. Berry fruits, sliced up on a platter, but in a smokey room. Very nice...
Body: A bit watery. Actually, it is very watery.
Palate: Delicious sherry smoke, with enough salt-n-pepper to tantalize the senses. A touch sour in the mouth.
Finish: The sour in the mouth turns into a light floral aroma. There is a very subtle peppery note. Medium-long finish.
This is a very subtle whisky, with all of its flavors pretty subdued. Frankly, I think the Green label is a nice, strong whisky, full of flavor and delicious. The Gold label is a subdued and refined version of the Green, and this Blue label is just an even more refined and subdued version of the Gold. If you like a whisky that is very refined, but full of incredibly balanced flavors, this is the whisky for you! I, however, am very glad to know that the Green label costs a quarter of what the Blue label does, and is more robust and flavorful. However, this whisky is immensely drinkable, offering so much at a very approachable level.