Nose: Rich and softly smoky, with background notes of chocolate and fragrant sandalwood.
Palate: Fresh fruit and grass lead into stewed fruit, soft spice, nuts and coffee.
Finish: Long and spicy.
Johnnie Walker Red Label
Nose: A surprisingly rich, aromatic nose with heather honey, mixed peels, soft smoke and rum spice.
Palate: Cedar wood, oak and butterscotch, aniseed, Christmas cake and malt.
Finish: Long, spiced nose with smoke on the tail.
JOHNNIE WALKER DOUBLE BLACK
Nose: Slightly smoky and almost medicinal on the nose, it offers up hints of vanilla, a little tar, a touch of barbecue sauce, citrus and malt.
Palate: Good body and very creamy with a sublimely malty core. It offers up a surprising level of peat smoke which works really well. Creamy sweetness, hints of soft wood smoke, salty butter, custard and cereal grains.
Finish: Good length with notes of malt, boiled sweets, black pepper and cool smoke.
Johnnie Walker Blue
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 mouthfeel, 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.
JOHNNIE WALKER SON PRIVATE COLLECTION 17
Nose: Honey’d orchard fruit, burnt cinnamon, a burst of pineapple and creamy vanilla.
Palate: Warming oak right from the get-go, joined by juicy raisins and sultanas. A touch of rum spice develops later on, along with chocolate-y caramel.
Finish: Christmas-y spices and a hint of floral sweetness.