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Johnnie Walker Gold Label

"Light amber orange color. The malty bouquet emits mature, evolved scents of cocoa, buttered nuts, soft fruit and paraffin. The oily mouth presence is exceptionally velvety at entry; at midpalate, sweet, estery flavors of ripe pears, grain mash and oak enchant the taste buds. Aftertaste is peppery and candied. What makes the whisky so sublime if the backbone malt whisky from the Clynelish Distillery. The finest Johnnie Walker in the marketplace."

Reviewed by: Wine Enthusiast - 90 to 95 pts

""I know that some narrow-minded SJ subscriber malt whisky snobs are on their laptops firing off emails of protest over me choosing a blended Scotch as my Number Four pick for Scotch. But, what can I say other than I love this supple, fully integrated blend because it displays its Highland malt core from start to finish, and, most importantly, its age is at the sweet spot for Scotch whisky (is it any wonder that five of the top seven Scotches are 17-18 years old?). JW Gold is that rare constructed whisky in which its innate power is in ideal harmony with its elegance. The equal measures of strength and grace never cease to astound and impress me at a primal level of enjoyment."

Reviewed by: Spirit Journal - 5 out of 5 Stars

"Nose 24: At first it seems a level nose with little happening. But look again... deeper. Stirring in the glass are diced apples and moist raisins, a squirt of something peaty, and a honey and golden syrup mix. Sweet yet weighty with just enough smoke and oak to anchor.
Taste 24: The silky arrival magnifies the smoky edge of this: some Caol Illa here, I guess, doing what Caol Illa does best - buck up blends. But also that hallmark honey thread is there to savour, linking beautifully with soft grains carrying vanilla and fudge; meanwhile playful spices... play!
Finish 23: A beautiful denouement in which the vanilla-edged oak refuses to hide, but smoke and barley dovetail in wonderful counterbalance.
Balance 25: At the moment I would say that the blending lab at Diageo is going through a kind of legendary period. In years to come people will look back at it fondly and with a healthy degree of awe and ask: "do you remember when?" or they will point to this era and say: "that's when it all started." White Horse 12, Old Parr and Johnnie Walker Gold: three blends where the gauntlet has been laid down to all: blenders and drinkers alike. And also where I say to Scotch lovers: well, you might love malts, but just how many can match these for brain-exploding complexity? This is another astonishing whisky which just has to be included in people's must have lists."
Reviewed by: Jim Murray's Whisky Bible - 96pts
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750ml Bottle

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