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Johnnie Walker Gold Label 18 Year Old

So smooth, balanced and luxurious

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@PaulTReview by @PaulT

6th May 2011


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Like the name suggests, Gold Label is pure luxury and elegance. It's extremely smooth and greatly balanced.

Nose: Floral notes, honey, peanut, little bit of dried fruits, smoke, heather, some alcohol. Gold Label is brilliant on the nose and very complex.

Palate: Again some honey, a bit of smoke and peat, fruity. This whisky is so smooth it's hard to point out some of the weaker aroma's. It feels a bit watery in the mouth, but not at a disturbing level. The heavier aroma's controll the taste after a few seconds, but all in great balance. This whisky could walk a rope.

Finish: Medium-long. It leaves your mouth behind like honey does, with the aroma's of honey, heather, peat and smoke.

Johnnie Walker suggests putting Gold Label in the freezer for 24h before drinking as it will give the whisky more sweet- and fruityness and it will warm up in your mouth. That may sound crazy, but I sinned several times and I was impressed. It actually does make the whisky sweeter and fruitier and the taste will linger much longer. The whisky unfolds as it warms up. However, you will not be able to nose the whisky very well, as the low temperature takes away most of the aroma's. I'm not sure whether Gold Label is better at room temperature or when freezing cold. They are... different, but both great.

The Johnnie Walker Label range is quite diverse. In my humble opinion every Label exept Red Label (moderate whisky for it's price I think) is (very) good or excellent. Gold Label is lovely, better than Black Label, but not as good as Green Label, the latter being more challenging. Still, Gold L. is one of the better blends on the market and definitely a great achievement.

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