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Johnnie Walker The Royal Route Tasting notes and reviews

Issue 146 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 146

A tour of Toronto, Bourbon's Pompeii, Bladnoch Distillery and a look back at Glenmorangie's last 10 years


Johnnie Walker The Royal Route

Johnnie Walker
The Royal Route
Scotch Whisky ~ Blended

Martine Nouet

Discreet. Cereals. Butterscotch. Cider apple. A twist of lemon. Quite light and elegant. Autumnal.
Smooth and fruity. Sweet, a bit too sweet. Apples cooked in oven, a creamy note of caramel sauce. A spicy touch but it is not enough to uplift the softness. Water makes it sweeter and drowns the flavours.
Drying on oak notes, with a grainy aftertaste.
Not unpleasant but not much character. And that cereal sweetness is cloying.

Neil Ridley

Liquorice (a running theme this month) a swathe of sweet, fragrant smoke, orange segments, ground black pepper and a touch of sweet chilli sauce.
A very tarry oiliness hits first, with bonfire smoke, some hints of sweet wine and plump raisins. A little thin, but the smoke helps to make up the deficit.
Lingering oak and woody spice round out a medium dry finish.
Nothing out of place here. Not absolutely classic, but just about there, with a very satisfying smoke balancing the fruit.
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