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Johnnie Walker Gold Label 18 Year Old


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

11th Apr 2020


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Ah, an older edition of the Johnnie Walker Gold Label, which means this is a version that contains a ridiculous amount of Clynelish. My buddy Arno was looking for one of these, so I got it at an auction for him. My ‘commission’ was a generous dram.

Very interesting mix of beeswax, honey, ferns and guimauve with a soft metallic touch, as if it’s poured from a can (not an off-note!) reaches my nostrils. Hint of melon, banana and something floral. Dandelions? Soft hint of ginger and nutmeg, even soft note of cinnamon. Woodsmoke! I confess: this smells younger than it’s 18 years, but is very good.

Silky soft mouthfeel, wonderfully waxy pointing in the direction of Clynelish. Honey, pepper, caramel, apples and pears, maple syrup, melon. Again nutmeg and some fennel seeds. Sponge cake and vanilla. Definitely contains a peaty malt, for a discreet but wonderful trace of smoke develops. This is quite intense and very interesting.

The medium long finish offers sweetness first, but soon mildly drying tannins of subtle oak appear.

Those who claim that JW doesn’t have any good stuff should give this a try! It’s so good that I actually got me a bottle of my own at the very next auction, bottled in the same ear. Hurray!

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RianC commented

@markjedi1 - Bottled in the same ear ... that'll be the Clynelish then laughing

I'm still on alert for an older Johnny Walker Black label. Don't know what it is but old JW stuff really appeals to me. Thanks for the review.

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MadSingleMalt commented

Wow—that is some deep-cut witticism right there. Bravo!

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RianC commented

@MadSingleMalt - If serious, thanks! My partner thinks I make far too many 'Dad' jokes and am so out of the 'hip loop' i'm never sure what's actually classed as funny anymore ...

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Nozinan commented

@RianC it’s a problem I have as well...

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markjedi1 commented

That was indeed classy and very funny. How the unintended ommision of just one letter can make one laugh out loud. There is still hope for the human race :-)

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