tuddy24 wrote:If you're used to single malts the JWR will most likely be too thin for you. It has such a smokey kick with some sweetness to back it up though and it's a lot of fun to drink. It's extremely smokey as a matter of fact I throw one ice cube in it and wait for it to melt and get slightly above room temperature and it's great. I'm really enjoying it as low brow as it is to most SM aficionados but I don't really care. In Chicago you can get a 1.75L for $30 and sometimes it goes on sale for $24! Let us know if you decide to try it.
I paid $38.25 Canadian for a 40oz bottle (1.14 liter) of JWRed and that is about $35 US dollars. I find that somewhat pricey for the quality of the whisky as I can get a 40oz of Crown Royal for around CAN$32 and it is a superior whisky to the JWR. When I'm in the States, I can pick up a 1.75L bottle of Jim Beam White label for US$25, on sale for US$20, also a superior whisky in my opinion.
Now - don't get me wrong! - I'm not bashing JWR! I just think it is overpriced, at least in Canada.
You are right, I did find JWR too thin. I did
like its smokiness and was surprised to taste smoke in such a basic scotch. When I first tried it neat, it was after a very long day, at 11pm, at our hotel. I didn't get the nose lockejn spoke of,
lockejn wrote: For the price, I'd drink Red all day long. The nose is remarkable, though.
The spirit in my bottle came with an unremarkable nose, just a little smoky. On the palate, I got more smoke and...apple pie and mushrooms? Is that possible? or am I getting old?! Nicely sweet, I'd say.
I then tried it on the rocks and that is where JWR pales for a long-time whisky drinker. It is quickly overwhelmed by the melting ice and loses flavour, becoming just a tad bitter. I could see JWR being a great scotch for people who are occasionnal whisky drinkers as it remains pleasant whether neat, on-the-rocks or with soda. It is all-around good but not remarkable in any way.
Will I buy it again? If I lived in America where the price is more reasonable, yes. In Canada - where I live - there are other whiskies which represent better value.
I am happy to have finally tried it - again - after so many years. It was my first scotch - along with Black & White - and this experience was like meeting an old girlfriend after the magic has gone...