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Johnnie Walkers’ Whiskies are divided in 6 Labels. Each labels claim their own qualities but which ones exactly ?

1/ RED LABEL : The Best For Mix

Made of : combination of light whiskies from Scotland’s east coast and dark, peaty whiskies from the west coast, created a blend with an extraordinary depth of flavour.

Taste : it bursts onto the palate with the freshness of spray from a crashing wave, followed by the zing of aromatic spices and finally a long, lingering, smoky finish. The sensation in the mouth is complex – ‘sweet chilli’ is a good description of this taste and the tingling sensation on the tongue.

2/ BLACK LABEL : On rocs for braves !

Made of : this label has the luxury of having exclusive access to Scotland’s very best whiskies, ranging from the powerful west coast malts all the way to the more subtle east coast flavours

Taste : Rich dried fruits from the European oak sherry casks. Hints of smooth creamy toffee linger on the tip of your tongue. A sophisticated, smoky finish – the signature of all Johnnie Walker blends.

3/ DOUBLE BLACK LABEL : The Black one but more INTENSE

Made of : The Double Black is created in the style of The Black Label but with a rich, more intense, smokier flavour.

Taste : full bodied and complex with the Johnnie Walker Signature peat smoke shining brightly through rich raisins and sultanas. Apples, pears and orange zest bring freshness while creamy vanilla and spice bring a softness and sweetness to the tongue. The long warming finish combines spicy oak tannins and lingering smoke.

4/ GOLD LABEL RESERVE : The Smooth one

Made of : Marvellous prized casks from selected reserves – each matured to perfection – to create a bold blend of intense flavours which is every bit as luxurious and indulgent as its name suggests.

Taste : Smooth balance of sweet fruits and creaminess that evolves into deeper honeyed tones before finishing in lingering waves of wood, fruit and light, sweet West-coast smoke.

5/ PLATINUM LABEL : The 18 Year Old Sophisticated blend 😉

Made of : a limited number of casks, carefully chosen and retained throughout their maturation because of their exceptional character. It is an intense, smooth and subtly smoky blend, crafted from Single Malt and Grain Whiskies, each matured to perfection for a minimum of 18 years.

Taste : stewed fruit, malty cereal, smooth creamy vanilla, fragrant, almonds and tangerines give it its waxy, fruity and sweet taste mixed with slight drying astringency with subtle smokiness.

6/ BLUE LABEL : The Ultimate Luxury !

Made of : The casks are hand-selected and set aside for their exceptional quality, character and flavour. They are truly special, with only 1 in 10,000 containing whisky of sufficient character to deliver its remarkably smooth signature taste.

Taste : heaven ! No seriously : Layers of big flavour, deep richness and smoke, layers of honey and fruit and an incredibly smooth finish deliver the truly rare character

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Glencadam

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A bit of History :

Glencadam first opened in 1825, in the ancient city of Brechin. This was the year that the first horse-drawn omnibuses were established in London, the world’s first modern railway opened, with the first public train pulled by steam engine, Cox’s Orange Pippin apples were first grown and London became the largest city in the world, over-taking Beijing. It was little more than one year after the Excise Act of 1823 legalised distilling.

Glencadam is now the only distillery in the county of Angus, an area of the Highlands region of Scotland. The first owner was a “Mr Cooper”, who sold the distillery in 1827. The name “Glencadam” comes from the area known as “The Tenements of Caldhame”. These were plots of ground given to the burghs of Brechin for food production. They were situated to the north and south east of the Den Burn where the distillery stands.

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Distillery : Glencadam
Region : Highland
House Style : Smoothness, richness
Bottle Size : 70 cl
Body :    Full Bodied
Colour : Warm amber.
Tasting Note : 
Nose: Buttery and sweet with notes of tropical fruits, citrus, marmalade, toast and custard.
Palate: Spicy and tingling on the tongue with oak-led spices, vanilla, cinnamon and allspice, creamy pineapple and hints of coconut alongside toasted
barley.
Finish: Good length with some oaky dryness and tropical fruit

Johnnie Walker Red Label

Distillery : Johnnie Walker

Region : Lowland

House Style : Smoothness, richness

Bottle Size : 4.5 L:
Body :    Rounded.
Colour : Warm amber.
Tasting note : 
Nose : quite pungent and full. There are notes of heather roots, cut herbs, a touch of fresh fruits and honey.
Palate : full and rich. There are notes of malted barley and potpourri, a touch of winter spice and fruitcake.
Finish : long and pungent, there is a good smoke note with a touch of oak.
Vol : 43%
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Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8

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Region : Speyside
House Style : Smoothness, richness
Bottle Size : 70 cl
Body :    Rounded.
Colour : Dark amber.
Tasting Note : 
Nose: It’s a bit unsettled to start, switching back and forth from creamy bourbon to rich sherry. It kicks off with the traditional Balvenie heather honey notes, real honey rather than just random sweetness, and flower petals, backed up by spicy cinnamon, old dark oak, wax polish and some leather. Traditional bourbon notes of fresh orchard fruit start out quite vibrant, but get a bit hidden by the sherry influence as the whisky develops in the glass.

Palate: The palate is much more balanced, with rich sherry, spicy oak and touches of pine resin acting as a base, with liquorice, menthol, blackberries and cinnamon filling out the darker flavours. On top of that is more honey, orange peel, peach skin, dried apricot, cinnamon toast, candied papaya and a touch of tannic wood.

Finish: Lingering leather and woody spice are joined by some dried tropical fruit touches, and peach and plum stone bitter notes.
Vol : 50,2%