I am a fan of the Johnnie Walker range of whiskies. Each has their own character. This is the entry bottle to the range and can be found at most supermarkets at a low price and is another one that is regularly marked down, like Jim Beam. Just like Jim Beam I think this is great for mixing.
Whisky: Johnnie Walker Red Label Blended Scotch Whiskky, 40% vol.
Nose: Warming dark fruits and smokey. Get whiffs of alcohol
Taste: Dark fruits, dried fruits and spice. Hints of ash.
Finish: Short with some alcohol heat following through.
Summary: I am surprised that this is the flavour profile that the folk at Johnnie Walker are going with for their entry level blend. The fruitiness is there with some smoke in the background nicely balanced with it. However, the alcohol heat is overpowering for me and ruins the experience. I can see it putting non whisky drinkers off whisky. You can feel the burn with this one. This has its benefits though, whatever you mix it with you will be know you are drinking whisky.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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