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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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Longrow 14 Year Old Sherry Cask

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Distillery : Springbank
Region : Campbeltown
House Style : Light, Lemon grassy, herbal.
Body : Smooth, slightly oily.
Colour : Honey-gold.

Tasting Note

Nose : notes of cut hay and earthen roots, a little dried grass, cereals and malted barley. There is a certain freshness present and a very subtle smoke develops.

Palate : quite thick and sweet. There are plenty of rich cereal notes, barley and just a hint of peat. The faintest wisp of smoke tapers up with a little malt extract. The oak develops a bit with pepper and spice.
Finish : long with the peppery oaked tannins proffering ample staying power.

Vol : 46%

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%

Auchentoshan Valinch

Distillery : Auchentoshan
Region : Lowland
House Style : Light, Lemon grassy, herbal.
Body : Soft and quite light.
Colour : Pale straw.

Tasting Note :
Nose: Very sweet, with vanilla, coconut creme brulee.
Palate: Sweet and creamy, then invigorating full bodied orange zest.
Finish: Sweet, crisps and lingering.

Vol: 57%

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Whiskies Flavour : Find your one

We all have our own taste and sometimes it could be a bit tricky to find the right whisky for you, so here you will find the four taste profiles of whisky , from light to smoky, to rich or to fruity :

Light and Floral

Characterised by soft, delicate fruit and cereal flavours, with gentle floral aromas, these are the perfect aperitifs. The light and floral style is ideal as a starting point on your journey to find your favourite, or if your prefer more delicate flavours. The main region which produces light and floral whiskies is Speyside, closely followed by Highlands but you will find light and floral whiskies coming from all the Sottish Regions.

Some whiskies as examples :

  • Auchentoshan Classic (Lowlands)
  • Old Pulteney 12 Year Old (Highlands)
  • Glenfiddich 12 Year Old (Speyside)
  • Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old (Islay)

Light and Smoky 

Many Light and smoky whiskies come from the islands of Scotland, and are characterised by a peaty smokiness, combined with green grass and cereal flavours.

Some whiskies as examples :

  • Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Islay)
  • Coal lla 12 Year Old (Islay)
  • Ardbeg 10 Year Old (Islay)
  • Isle of Jura Superstition (Islands)

Rich and Fruity 

These are medium-bodied whiskies that develop a rich style from the casks they are matured-in : Sherry casks are often used. You’ll taste nutty and dried-fruit flavours, and sometimes a slight spiciness. Here again, Speyside is taking the lead but all the regions are producing those whiskies.

Some whiskies as examples :

  • Macallan 10 Year Old (Speyside)
  • Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old (Speyside)
  • Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old (Speyside)
  • Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or 15 Year Old (Highlands)

Rich and Smoky

Often from the Islay region, these combine peaty, smoky characteristics with the rich flavours of fruitcake and vanilla.

Some whiskies as examples :

  • Highland Park 12 Year Old (Highlands)
  • Bowmore 12 Year Old (Islay)
  • Blair Athol 12 Year Old (Highlands)
  • Laphroaig Triple Wood (Islay)

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A-Guide-to-Flavours

Macallan Diamond Jubilee 2012 LIMITED EDITION

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Distillery : Macallan
Region : Speyside
House Style : Smoothness, richness
Bottle Size : 70 cl
Body : Medium Bodied
Colour : Deep gold

Tasting Note :
Nose: Candied orange peel, cloves and stem ginger with sweet mince pie notes following.
Palate: Rich with citrus fruits and cardamom and clove spice notes.
Finish: Warm and long with a slight nutty quality and plenty of dried fruits.

 Vol : 52%

What can I say ? 

Very limited edition, few bottles left, amazing single malt, essential whisky in your collection !

Scotland : Sacred earth of whiskies

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We all know that Scotland is The place for whiskies.

But from which region of Scotland come this bottle you’re handling ? Highlands ? Lowlands ? … What’s the differences between those regions and how do those differences are impacting the taste of your malt ?

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THE LOWLANDS 

These are the most accessible whiskies, both in terms of palate and geography, but sadly they are few in number. Only two Lowlanders are in constant production : Auchentoshan and Dalmuir. In Lowland tradition, the whisky is light in both flavour and body, but surprisingly complex and herbal. Lowland style can be very attractive, especially to people who find the Highlanders and Islanders too robust.

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THE HIGHLANDS

The Highlands region can be separated in 4 counties :

  • The Eastern Highlands : Some of the most famous distilleries in this county are the “Aberfeldy” and the “Dewar’s” . Any of them are on or near the main road north to Speyside . For geological reasons, most of Eastern Highlands whiskies have notably fresh and fruity tastes. Farther north, in barley-growing Aberdeenshire, some Heftier whiskies emerge from handsome distilleries such as Royal Lochnagar, Glen Garioch, and Glendronach.
  • Speyside : is not precisely defined, but it embraces between a half and two-third of Scotland’s distilleries, including the most widely recognized whisky names. The Speyside is crossed by a river called ” the River Spey” and it’s lined with most of the distilleries such as : Deveron : with Glendronach and Macduff  . Isla : with Strathisla (Chivas Brother). Fiddich and Dullan : with Mortlach .Livet : with Tomintoul . Spey : with Maccalan, Aberlour and Glenfarclas .Rothes Burn : with Glen Grant . Lossie : with Benromach and Gordon and at last , Findhorn : with Dalles Dhu .
  • The Northern Highlands : is geographically a clear-cut region, which runs from Inverness, straight up the last stretch of east coast. There are four or five distilleries in short order like : Glenmorangie and the amazing Dalmore, but also Old Pulteney. Its whiskies tend toward firm,crisp dryness and a light saltiness.
  • Western Highlands : The far northwest  is just too rugged and rocky. On the foothills of Scotland’s highest mountains, Ben Nevis, the eponymous distillery can be regarded as being coastal because it is on a sea loch and has the flavours to prove it. The other mainland distilleries are Loch Lomond and Glengoyne.

THE ISLANDS 

The greatest whisky island by far is Islay, with its eight distilleries – The newest being Kilchoman.