.johnnie walker – gold label – 18 – the centenary blend

40% abv, €35, blend

Nose: sweet, vanilla, citrus, papaya, herbal, sage, rosemary
Palate: sweet, vanilla, honey, rosewater, spicy, white pepper, floral, heather, roses, fruit, pears, banana, citrus, pineapple, lemons
Finish: medium long, medium dry, sweet, honey, fruit, bananas, citrus, pineapple, slight marmalade like bitter
Mark: +++/++

Conclusion: I am slowly becoming convinced that the blenders with Diageo know what they are doing. This blend would do just fine in a lineup of single malts and I can recommend it for the price it used to be in the shop. I certainly will look for the replacement dram, and have a one-to-one.

More info: This version is discontinued, just as the 15 year old version. It has been replaced by a No Age Statement version, called Gold Label Reserve.

From the website: “JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL was blended to celebrate the first 100 years of JOHNNIE WALKER in 1920. A well-kept secret, it’s only been available outside the company since the 1990s. It has a distinctly smooth, sweet and luxurious character, with a stylish elegance and refined quality. […] CARDHU provides strong yet smooth malt and oak flavours. Extra-mature grain whiskies deliver some of the lingering sweetness, while CLYNELISH from the northern Highlands is responsible for the unusual aromatic creaminess. The finish is multi-dimensional and satisfyingly long.”

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