Posted by: Nick and Ted
Hi Wafflers! Johnnie Walker Week is officially over and we have emerged unscathed and wiser from the other side. Throughout the week we’ve gained an appreciation for blended Scotch whisky – and even more of an appreciation for single malts.
All joking aside (and there were a few of them this week) Johnnie Walker has produced a formidable range of whiskies and we can understand why they are the most popular in the world, even if we respectfully disagree.
So what have we learned throughout Johnnie Walker Week? Let’s pick through the shrapnel:
- The Red Label is consumed throughout the world as a mixer. And after trying it neat – we understand why;
- The Black Label likes to think of itself as a step up – and it is – but not nearly enough to consume neat;
- The Double Black fixes the problems of the previous two with solid flavours and a generous dose of smoke, and in our opinion is the best value in the range;
- The Gold Label Reserve balances its flavours well, although sadly there are not many of them to balance;
- The Platinum Label 18 Year Old is beautifully smooth but lacking in soul;
- The Blue Label is excellent – but very expensive. And when you could buy a Balvenie 21 Year Old for the same price – why would you go for the blend?
So there you have it. Whisky Waffle’s first ‘event week’ has concluded. Thanks for checking it out and we hope you appreciated our ramblings and perhaps you have also broadened your whisky drinking horizons. If anyone has their own opinions or rankings of the Johnnie Walker range, let us know in the comments!
Until next time, keep on waffling,
Nick and Ted