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Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Round. Maybe too round.

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@DellnolaReview by @Dellnola

25th Sep 2011


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Nose: Brown sugar, chocolate chip cookies, hints of smoke, caramel popcorn, white pepper, pears. I can definitely detect that coastal Talisker note that I love.

Taste: Buttery and round. Maybe too round. Malty sweetness, floral honey. Almost a bit Lowland in nature. Very restrained.

Finish: Sweet, floral, oak, and a hint of peat.

First off, some of you might notice that this is 43%. I got this from a cruise and found that odd. I guess it's a travel thing. Anyway, this is what many people call a "smooth" whisky, which is dead on. The problem with this "smoothness" is that it creates a whisky that lacks a distinctive flavor and has a very weak delivery. It's kind of like light beer. It slides down the throat with you barely noticing it, like water. Personally, for the price, I'd like to notice the flavor.

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drinix commented

I love your review and I agree 100% regarding the smoothness and the lack of distinctivness of this blend. I think however that the distinctive Talisker note is much more present in the Black and the Green, which I both consider superior to the Blue.

10 years ago 0

mattberg commented

As nice as this is... it's way way over priced considering we have Talisker 18 yo and Springbank 18yo in the market and at least half the price and kick this JW into the very long grass...

10 years ago 0

Pudge72 commented

Look for Te Bheag ($37 vs. $300 for JW Blue, in Ontario at least) if you want a very present Talisker note, without the obscene price tag.

9 years ago 0

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