Nose: A mellow, rounded nose, with a dry smokiness (a Johnnie Walker signature flavour) mixed with raisin sweetness.
Palate: The first sip reveals a velvety mouth-feel, then an explosion of flavour - hazelnuts, honey, rose petals, sherry and oranges. Subsequent sips reward you with more hidden secrets like kumquats, wispy aromatic smoke, sandalwood, tobacco, and dark chocolate.
Finish: A rich and uniquely long and satisfying finish of smoke and pepper, ending with a glorious touch of spice.
Tasting Notes by Tim F
Nose: Smooth, silky cereal, syrupy flapjacks, polished oak. Dessicated coconut, then other nutty notes: unsalted peanut, brazil nut.
Palate: A silky caress. Unexpectedly strong spicy entry, but always honeyed and rounded by some toasty oak. The honeyed malt is beautifully interwoven around the venerable grain, which must be absolutely ancient.
Finish: A perfectly-integrated slow fade of the palate. Mouthwatering grain, and the honey and spices dwindle slowly. Extremely long but still very gentle.
Comment: The daddy of premium blends divides fans as to whether or not it merits its price tag, but there is definitely something esoteric about the basically flawless balance on display here. Smoother than a hot-buttered, freshly-shaven diplomat in velvet trousers.
Customer Reviews: (61 reviews)
I was given a bottle for christmas and have to say this is one of the best
- anonymous, 6th January
A good Scotch. But style BEFORE substance springs to mind.
promises much but thins out all too quickly with no lingering after taste.
On the nose notes of vanilla, cedar wood. On the mouth extremely smooth, vanilla, butterscotch, cedar wood, and a hint of smoke.
In short a good Scotch but not for the asking price. Its THE Scotch to compare others too but can be beaten to a pulp with a single malt at half the price.
- William Evans, 2nd January
This is amazing blend, this is amazing Scotch! My new favorit, i love it.
- Milan from Zagreb, 7th Jun '13
Got a bottle given to me by my son. I have to wait till I'm 60 . So have to wait another 6yrs, I don't think I can do that its starting to get the better of me.
- Mike Gebert N.Z, 25th May '13
simply the best
- cren, 18th May '13
JohnnyWalker BLUE, what can a man say about this blend. Anyone who knows their whiskey knows how good it is. I have recommended it to family and friends for years and will continue to do so. Try it and say you do not love it then I would have to call you a liar!!!!
- Bazza., 16th May '13
Probably the best blended whiskey of all time, the best whiskey I've ever drank, color, taste, smell, which may be the finest!
- Miki KM, 8th Apr '13
Just bought this sucker and am now afraid to open it...
- anonymous, 21st Jan '13
Very smooth and the taste is good
- anonymous, 1st Nov '12
I just love this scotch
- anonymous, 18th Aug '12
Hands-down the best premium blended Scotch ever produced. Is is worth the money? Well, the answer solely depends on how much money you have to begin with, and/or how much of your money would you like to spend on Scotch? If the answer is ''a lot'', then it sure is worth the money. Remember, this is the Rolls-Royce of blended Scotch, there is nothing beyond it. If money is a problem, then there are many 12 YO single malts out there that are also very pleasant.
- anonymous, 2nd Aug '12
best whiskey i ever tried... the taste is truly phenomenal, really worth the extra bucks
- anonymous, 21st Feb '12
a beautiful whiskey full of flavour really nice to drink neat or with one cube of ice! this is my favourite from the Johnnie Walker range and ive tried most of them!
- Jason, 14th Feb '12
Gorgeous looking product and excellent service from The Whisky Exchange - I ordered this as a birthday present, it arrived very quickly and the engraving service makes it a very special gift.
If it tastes even half as good as it looks it will be fantastic!
- anonymous, 9th Nov '11
smooth & silky. nice in taste good in smell.
- hitesh narang, 28th Oct '11
What a beautiful looking bottle!
- Grant, 25th Oct '11
Just received this today, beautiful packaging and I just know my boyfriend is going to love it and appreciate it. Probably be a bit scared to drink it though because of the price!
- Jessica, 4th Oct '11
I had very high expectations of this whisky and I feel that it falls quite short of the mark... This whisky looks good, it smells good but is just lacking something on the palate and finish. Personally, I prefer the Black and Green label from JW. Also, I don't understand why people have this gripe against blended whisky, surely all that matters is that it tastes good? I know of various blends that blow a lot of single malts out of the water!
- Tom G, 2nd Jul '11
Got this as a gift from a dear friend and colleague. I cannot comment on its taste against the cost, but I can say that there is an immense amount of character for three principle flavors: oak, pepper, and vanilla. Fiery at first and a long-but-tremendously smooth finish. Held up superbly against my personal yardstick of a Macallan 18 yr. Won't mature in the bottle appreciably, so pop the top and enjoy!
- Christian, 10th Jun '11
i found this a little dissapointing to be honest. its nice dont get me wrong but for the money i can find better blends. id put chivas regal 25 yr old way above this.