The platinum label in the Johnnie Walker range is the next in line from the gold label and precedes the famous blue label. It has recently been re-branded as the Johnnie Walker 18 Year Old. I am not sure if the recipe has changed as well or whether it is just a re-brand. The original platinum label that I am reviewing was bottled at 40% abv. The gold label was also bottled at this strength and I think this is quite stingy by Diageo. Even at 43% I think a lot more flavour can be unleashed from the this range as the price progresses.
Whisky: Johnnie Walker Platinum Label, 40%
Nose: Leather, oak, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, mixed dried fruits, oak
Taste: Vanilla, caramel, dried fruits, grain, biscuits, cereal, tropical fruit, oak
Finish: Short-medium maltiness and oak
Summary: The thing that stands out for me with this one is the maltiness and oak presence. Again, this is also unique within the Johnnie Walker range. To me this means that it contains a healthy proportion of older single malts and grain of high quality. I found the nose reminded me of bourbon but on the palate I got a nice combination of fruits as well. However, although this is nice, I felt that there was something missing, it wasn’t complex enough for what I was expecting. Maybe an extra few % points of alcohol were missing.
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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