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Johnnie Walker The Royal Route Tasting notes and reviews

Issue 145 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 145

A visit to Highland Park, Willie Cochrane and Claive Vidiz interviewed. Plus we kick off Battle of the Blends series three.


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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