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Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Immensely Drinkable

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@jwiseReview by @jwise

24th Jan 2011

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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.

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5 comments

@PeatAndMeat
PeatAndMeat commented

Just picked up a bottle of this and I'm looking forward to settling down with it (an expensive treat) this weekend :-)

8 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Ultra smooth, extremely refined, and beautiful! This Johnnie Walker Blue Label exceeded my expectations during my first-ever 2 1/2 oz dram of it yesterday.

8 years ago 0

@jwise
jwise commented

I'm sure you will enjoy it immensely! It was quite enjoyable.

8 years ago 0

Peatpete commented

I found this an interesting one. It seems to suffer from a kind of reverse snobbery a lot of the time. A lot of review call it over rated, but I was extremely impressed by this. Enough going on to take your time over, but mellow enough to be very drinkable, possibly to drinkable! One of the few scotches that I will drink more than one of at a sitting.

8 years ago 0

@jwise
jwise commented

I made the mistake of finishing off this whisky after taking a sip of Balvenie 12yr Signature. The Signature completely overpowered the subtle JW Blue, rendering it pale and bland.

8 years ago 0

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