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Johnnie Walker Odyssey


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

11th Apr 2020


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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In 2013 the luxury yacht from Johnnie Walker – the Voyager – sailed around the world to promote this Odyssey. This release was composed by Master Blender Jim Beveridge with just 3 malts in an attempt to evocate the aromas and sensations of an era long ago. It is based on a recipe by Sir Alexander Walker, grandson of the founder Johnnie, who came up with the Swing in 1932. This bottle too comes in a beautiful crystal decanter and is part of the luxurious segment of the house. Around 800 EUR. Beautiful color.

Sumptuous and rich nose rife with dark honey, overripe banana, dried apricots, cola candy, ginger biscuits and green herbs, red berries, a drop of balsamic and some mint in the background.

The body is somewhat light, but the explosion of taste makes up for it. Ginger biscuits, orange marmalade, chewing tobacco, cinnamon and a touch of peat. Espresso towards the end. All of this in a silky soft combo that seduces the taste buds.

The finish is medium long, seductively sweet and drying with some peat at the death. Great!

An odyssey is a heavy, long voyage (from the classic Greek work by Homeros in which Odysseus is tested by the gods during a long and barrel travel), but that makes this whisky a misnomer. This was a wonderful sailing trip from the first to the last drop. Craftmanship.

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