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Posts Tagged ‘Johnnie Walker Whisky’

Review: Johnnie Walker Gold Label

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 7, 2012

The blend for Johnnie Walker Gold Label was created in 1920 by Sir Alexander Walker to commemorate the Johnnie Walker Company’s 100 years in business dating back to 1820. This is of course how this particular blend of Johnnie Walker received its name.  Although discontinued during the war due to shortage of blending stocks, the label was reintroduced in 1992, with a blend based upon the original blending notes left by Sir Alexander seventy-five years earlier.

Today the Centenary blend is reputed to contain 15 separate single malt whiskies each aged a minimum of 18 years. Of these single malts four in particular have been noted as being key to the distinctive taste of Johnnie Walker Gold: Talisker  generates the general character of the blend; Clynish  generates the brine and seaside ambiance; Royal Lochnagar  imparts the luxurious palate; and Cardhu lingers in the throat and provides the finish. I have read some claims that grain whiskies are in the blend as well, but whether that is true I have no confirmation. I am not snobbish against the grain whiskies, and this review concentrates on the aroma, the flavour, and the character of the whisky.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Johnnie Walker Gold Label

Please enjoy this re-posting of my original November 2009 review!

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Review: Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 11, 2010

The Johnnie Walker Brand of whisky is one of the most iconic brands in all of the world. with its unique square bottle and the labels tilted a 24 degrees off-center, the company has created a strong brand image and is considered by many to be the quintessential Scottish whisky. The company was born in about 1820, and has grown steadily to become one of the most important Scottish whisky brands in the world today.

The Black Label is a blended Scotch Whisky, which is composed of up to 40 malted and grain whiskies. The origins of the blend can be traced back to 1867, when Alexander Walker copyrighted and began to bottle Old Highland Whisky. In 1909 the name of the blend was changed to Johnnie Walker Black label in reference to the color of the label which had become the generic means of identifying the blend amongst the Johnnie Walker customers.

I had a chance to get to know This Black Label Whisky and here is a sample of the review:

“…In my first tasting of Johnnie Walker Black I was impressed by the overall flavour I encountered. All of the elements which I expected to find were in the right places and at the right strength. A rich fruity sherry smoke underlain with a nice floral organic peat seemed to anchor the whisky and to carry lighter sweeter elements forward….”

You may read the  full review Here:

Review: Johnnie Walker Black Label

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Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Gold Label

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 6, 2009

Today I would like to introduce what is without a doubt one of the finest Scotch Whisky blends.

Johnnie Walker Gold Label – The Centenary Blend

Johnny Walker Centenary  Gold

Centenary means of or pertaining to a period of 100 years.  The blend for Johnnie Walker Gold Label was created in 1920 by Sir Alexander Walker to commemorate the Johnnie Walker Company’s 100 years in business dating back to 1820, which is how the blend received its name of course.  Although discontinued during the war due to shortage of blending stocks, the label was reintroduced in 1992, with a blend based upon the original blending notes left by Sir Alexander seventy five years earlier.  Today the Centenary blend is reputed to contain 15 separate single malt whiskies each aged a minimum of 18 years.  Of these single malts four in particular have been noted as being key to the distinctive taste of Johnnie Walker Gold:  Talisker  generates the general character of the blend; Clynish  generates the brine and seaside ambiance;  Royal Lochnagar  imparts the luxurious palate; and Cardhu lingers in the throat and provides the finish.  I have read some claims that grain whiskies are in the blend as well, but whether that is true I have no confirmation.  I am not snobbish against the grain whiskies, and this review concentrates on the aroma, the flavour, and the character of the whisky.

Here is an excerpt from the review:

“..A slightly punky peaty smell is accented by intense floral notes.  Seaweed and traces of iodine float in a mildly fruity sea pond, with a nice soft pop of cherry in the background.  A little oil in the glass adds legs and helps the nose achieve a certain harmony. …..”

You may read the full review here..

Review:  Johnnie Walker Gold Label

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I have heard certain purists and intellectual whisky snobs bash the blends.  In my opinion,  it is a blended whisky like Johnnie Walker Gold Label  that proves just how glorious a the blended category can be.

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