There is simply no getting around it. JW make some really nice whisky. Occasionally these are simply stunning in their complexity and spiraling depths (Black)…and other times they are bold strokes of primary flavors that make a brilliant patchwork whole (Green).
Get your head around the fact that you are drinking a blended whisky (or blended malt with the Green Label) that is going to cost something on par with a single malt. After all…are you drinking scotch to say you are a malt enthusiast, or are you drinking to enjoy the flavors and aromas? When you’e certain you can suspend judgement…pull up a seat. Let’s talk about Johnnie Walker Gold.
I love a whisky that takes me a while to unravel. I enjoy, not being confounded, but led along a path where the individuals notes continue to reveal themselves in a slow striptease, one after another, until I suddenly realize my tasting notes are a page and a half long. This tells me that every time I sit down with the whisky it will be a deep and rewarding experience. I think that is why we do this, isn’t it?
The loudest voices here are certainly the sweet honeyed fruit (think puckered fruit), woody walnut, peppery smoke and light cinnamon spice. There is a bit of peat dancing around back there too amid a hint of sharp orange zest. From here the aromas and flavors are like ghosts, hinting at their presence, but when you turn in that direction they fade and leave you wondering if they were there after all. Was that a hint of pipe tobacco? Maybe…or not.
Gorgeously elusive and tantalizing. Even the finish ebbs and flow with curiosity. One thing certain though…the finish is all pleasant and long lingering.
If you’re curious as to where this stacks up in the Johnnie Walker portfolio…quite well, actually. You won’t be steering yourself wrong with the Blue, Green or Gold. Personally though…I’ll still take the Black Label.
By the way…this would be a hell of a dram paired with a nice cigar. (Blasphemy to some, I know.)
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Lance (Bastardized by Curt)