Measured by its sales, Diageo-owned blended whisky Johnnie Walker is currently the biggest spirit brand in the world, outperforming real heavy weights such as Absolut vodka, Jack Daniel’s bourbon or Bacardi rum. As is often the case with such gargantuan brands, not all whisky lovers do instantly associate the name Johnnie Walker with greatness. Instead, said monicker is often connected to more or less fond thoughts of Black Label on ice or Red Label with coke. While I admittedly have a weak spot for both of these classic pub drinks, they are not the only two thinks that come to my mind when I think of Johnnie Walker. At home, I also love to pour myself a glass of their 18 years old Platinum Edition every once in a while. This skilfully crafted blend is of mellow character, complex nature and outstanding quality. According to the text on the back of the massive plastic box that harbors the Platinum Edition, this whisky is made for “exclusive and treasured moments in life”. I would even go a step further and say that a sip of it makes any moment a little more exclusive and treasured.
Eye: Fox brown with a bronze shimmer.
Nose: A light and gentle fragrance formed by ripe apples, subtle spices and freshly unpacked marzipan.
Palate: 18 years of maturation have given this luxurious blend a well-rounded mouthfeel and an impressive depth. Sweet honey notes are followed by prominent malt flavors and the festive taste of roasted hazelnuts.
Finish: Medium-long and well-defined. Towards the end, the Platinum Edition even produces a very fine smokiness.
Type: Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Aged: 18 Years
Alc. volume: 40%
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Price range: ~70.00 Euro
More info: https://www.johnniewalker.com/