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Johnnie Walker Gold Label 18 Year Old

A decent blend

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@DellnolaReview by @Dellnola

21st Dec 2010

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Nose: maritime character of Clynelish really shines through. Almond butter with honey. Creamy isn't a smell but I kept thinking of that word. 

palate: initially, smooth honey. once again, it's obvious who's the major player - Clynelish. 

Finish- medium length finish with some subtle vanilla. Decent. 

Overall, a very enjoyable blend. Sort of like a sweeter and milder Clynelish. A MUCH better value than Blue Label with more character. I have two gripes. I enjoy the Clynelish influence, however, I don't feel like this blend has enough of it's own unique character. Like I said, to me, this is a sweeter and milder Clynelish. Eh, maybe I'm being too harsh.

My second gripe is the price. 70-90 dollars is a bit too high for what I'm getting. If this were about 20 or 30 dollars cheaper, I'd buy a new replacement bottle. 

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3 comments

@jwise
jwise commented

Interesting. I have a sample of JW Gold coming from Masters of Malt. I agree, the price of a bottle is too much just to try this blend.

9 years ago 0

@LeBudfrumHull
LeBudfrumHull commented

I had a few drams of JW Gold last weekend and I was kind of disappointed ... It's a decent dram, but IMO Tea Bheag is a better blend and costs way less. But I'm glad I tasted it... now that I know, I won't be buying it.

9 years ago 0

@olivier
olivier commented

I also ordered a sample from Masters of Malt and found it to be nice, but as another reviewer wrote, a bit watery.

9 years ago 0

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