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
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..
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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