Single malts are considered the best spirits in the category, but Johnnie Walker Blue Label shows blended malts can be as rewarding as the most exclusive single malt in Scotland. Only one in every ten thousand casks has the qualities to be part of this exclusive blend.
A honeyed malt reminiscent of dried pitted fruit greets you on the first nose, followed by hints of citrus and white wildflowers followed by the loveliest vanilla and sweet applewood smoke — a masterful blend designed to swoon your senses.
Unctuous and exuberant, the palate is coating and full-bodied. Flavors of dried fruits, blood orange peels, and a deep honeyed core permeate the mid-palate, rapidly unfolding in a burst of sexy vanilla.
The finish is coating and lengthy, redolent of beeswax, and white dried fruit leaving a smoky aftertaste — pure liquid gold.
Sip or skip?
It’s hard to list the best blended Scotch without mentioning Johnnie Walker’s Blue Label. This is a very exclusive malt that looks up to no one. An expensive proposition for the category. The Blue Label suits the most memorable occasions, and it’s worth every penny.
Other Johnnie Walker expressions to try
Although the Blue Label is hard to beat, you’ll find similar pleasure and complexity in other masterful expression, the limited edition John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend. Released for the distillery’s 200 anniversary, expect a rich malt of explosive intensity and the finest layered aromas of honey, roasted nuts, citrus, and peppercorns.