Johnnie Walker is perhaps one of the best-known Whisky brand around. They are massively popular, and their Red Label is the world’s best selling Scotch blend.
The brand itself has been around in some form since 1819, when a young John Walker opened his grocery store and began selling his very popular Walker’s Kilmarnock Whisky.
It wasn’t until after his death, when his son Alexander took over, that the brand really began to take off and Johnnie Walker was started on the road to the success it sees today.
In 1867 Alexander released the Old Highland Whisky blend, which was considered one of the best drams around at the time. Today it is commemorated by their Blue Label, a Whisky that is made from only one in ten thousand casks.
Needless to say, this is an exceptional dram, with lots of flavour and wonderfully smooth mouth feel.
The nose opens with bold notes of spicy vanilla and oak wood. These are big flavours, with lots of body and richness.
Here is a lovely soft fruity flavour coming through as well, with hints of oranges and limes nth ewe are complemented with a summer berry tan that adds a slovenly bite to the dram
The oak wood is thick and ties these flavours all together. A slight smokiness can be detected.
The palate developed each note perfectly, bringing together a refined nose with a smooth and easy-going mouth feel
The vanilla becomes more like caramel, with a hint of burnt brown sugar to it. There is a delicate smokiness that goes along with this.
Slightly herbal notes make an appearance, with heather and thyme coming through. These go especially well with the oak and fruit notes and a hint of apple blossom that appears.
Underneath all the sweetness is a gentle cereal flavour with a little bit of barley coming out.
The finish wraps everything up with a wonderful oak tone that is thick and full of flavour. It is joined by some cinnamon spice that leaves a lasting warmth.