....I never thought this would happen.
The other day I had written a post to find a good new SM to try. All the ones I had tried, initiated by the Famous Grouse blend, were great yet I still felt the need to keep searching. Well after reading many reviews and hearing many good things about Johnny Walker Black, along with the fact that Binny's had it on sale for $24, I broke down and bought it to see if all the hype was true. All I can say is wow. Talk about balance and complexity. After adding a splash of water, I always do, I couldn't help but feel that this scotch has a lot of the flavor that all the SM's I've had before wrapped up in one package. Smokey Toffee/caramel on the nose, some very subtle creamy fruit on the palate with a citrus component lurking beneath it all, and that finish....smoke, sweetness, and caramel. It's true that the SM's I have sampled had more pure individual flavors but JWB had so many. It was almost like drinking a good pure Cabernet vs. a perfectly balanced Bordeaux blend. The blends can drive you crazy in trying to identify all the flavors within. Is my palate just not made for SM's? Last night I poured a dram of Highland Park 12 and.....I wanted the JWB instead. The JWB had a creaminess to it that the HP12 did not. Anyway, just wanted to confess that I sold out to a name brand
Nothing to be ashamed about. You just happen to like blends maybe better than SM, which is the same for me. I agree that JWB has a many layers of flavor that I have failed to find in most
,but not all, single malts. There are a few exceptions like HP18. Generally
, single malts while good, take a single flavor profile or note, and do something well with it, but always seems to be very pronounced with one flavor. Consider 12 yr old Macallan for example. In that you have sherry as the principal flavor done well, but not much else there. In JWB, there is smoke, peat, cinammon, all manner of flavors mingling in very good harmony. I know most on here do not share my view, but what can i say, I'm an unabashed blend lover. HP 18 though has greater complexity than any blend. I guess the point I am trying to make is that most single malts have a single dominant flavor, that can make many rather one dimensional while blends can offer up a multitude of flavors, mind you I am talking about high end blends like Ballantines 17 and 21 yrs, Famous Grouse 18 and 30 yrs. Especially FG 30yr. I cant imagine someone telling me that it lack complexity that can only be found in some 12yr old single malt.
You also write that you "sold out to a brand name
." There should be no embarassment that you like Johnnie Walker. hey, that's your preference (right now, it may evolve over time). You have no more sold out than others on here that rant and rave over Ardbeg, Macallan, Highland Park, etc. You just happen to like one of the best selling blends in the world, and for good reason, its pretty damn good. Dont be embarassed, and I think Johnnie Walker is fashionable to bash, a little too fashionable. March to the beat of your own drum, just as everyone else on here does. its all about taste, that is your taste, not mine or anyone else's.