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Johnnie Walker Blue Label Tasting notes and reviews

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Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Brand
Johnnie Walker
Expression
Blue Label
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Blended
Abv
40.00%
Website
www.johnniewalker.com
Availability
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Michael Jackson

Nose
Perfumy. Lime skins. Juniper. Slightly sweet spiciness. Tobacco? Juicy oak.
Palate
Beautifully rounded. Voluptuous. Ginger cake. Marzipan. Nuts. Pears in chocolate.
Finish
Flowery dryness. Roses. Long, lingering.
Comment
A lovely, luxurious whisky. I imagine a restaurant called café Opera. First, a little foie gras, then a couple of Maine lobsters, Marron glacé....and Blue Label?

Dave Broom

Nose
Opens very slowly to reveal a mass of aromas: lanolin, smoke, hessian, dried fruit, polished wood floors, oak, liquorice, cake, silky red fruits, cream.
Palate
Hold it in the mouth and there's allspice, sultana cake, crisp malt, bung cloth, turfy smoke which builds in intensity as the whisky opens.
Finish
Long, smoky, but also fruit pastilles.
Comment
This needs time. Right enough at this price, you're hardly going to shark it back.
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Published July 2001.

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