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Johnnie Walker Red Label

First blended scotch

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@GotOak91Review by @GotOak91

22nd Aug 2012


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I decided to start start my scotch adventure with Johnnie Walker Red last night so I bought two 50ml minis from my semi-local liquor store let me tell you some stores have bad minis selections this one was one of them being due to this town being a college town. Anyways...

Nose: Barley, malted barley, to be specific. Young and raw contains other earthy and grainy notes also.

Body: Light almost watery, it is noted as a blend of at min. 3 years old but its more than likely close to that number.

Taste: Slightly sweet at the front entry maybe a bit of honey, grains: barley, rye, among others. There are some earthy components as well as a little smoke took a little deciphering for that. You can tell this is made with 35 different malts and grains. (If my sourcing is correct) In all honesty Its a jumble of flavors from the different regions trying to get your attention I understand why one would at least buy Black or Double Black.

Finish:A little rough just enough you remind you its whisky. A little short butt warming, there is a bit of a pepper finish though. I have had worse finishes seeing how this is at the bottom of the J.W. lineup I curious to try Black to see if the flavor profile is straightened out.

Overall: In my terms not a bad whisky sure it needs work but this is a primarily mixing scotch not a sipping one. In other words better than some worse than others but that's just my humble opinion.

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WhiskyBee commented

You seem to have some skills for one just starting your Scotch adventure. I'll look forward to your comments about JW Black. The Red is the bottom rung of the Johnnie Walker ladder, and the general consensus is that the Black is a giant leap of about six rungs upwards. (But aaahhh, wait 'til you get to the Green Label!)

10 years ago 0

GotOak91 commented

Thank you WhiskyBee I hope Black jumps up the ladder that high and yes Red is very well proven itself to be at the bottom of the J.W. ladder.

10 years ago 0

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