Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut Blade Runner 2049

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Paid: $100

Distilled/Owned by: Blended / Diageo

Region: Scotland

49% ABV

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Color Added: Undisclosed


Color: Deep gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Citrus, light smoke, honey, vanilla icing, sugar, pomegranate, malt

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, honey, ash, light smoke, caramel, oak, pepper, leather

Finish: Good warmth and length, vanilla, citrus, smoke, tobacco and brown sugar with cream

Thoughts: Yeah I’m the chump that would have bought this even if it stunk because Blade Runner. I am happy to report it is an enjoyable blend that has much better feel and finish than the regular black label. It’s a shame that she won’t live (in this case long on my shelf), but then again, who does?

Score: 82 out of 100

El Pasador de oro XO

Maker:0x4c,Date:2018-1-12,Ver:4,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar01,E-Y

Price: $35 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of rums

Region: Guatemala

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Undisclosed, finished in cognac casks in France

Chill Filtered: Unknown

Additives used: Unknown, likely


Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Molasses, spiced fruit punch, coconut, citrus, banana, oak, caramel, vanilla

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slightly syrupy

Palate/Taste: Very sweet, brown sugar, oranges, banana, caramel, and cola

Finish: Short with little warmth, subtle fruit and vanilla with a sugary simple syrup taste

Thoughts: It’s another “Ron” rum, sweet and similar to the likes of Diplomatico and El Dorado. It’s worth checking out for the price if you are a fan of those rums.

Score: 78 out of 100

Sheep Dip 1990 Old Hebridean

Maker:0x4c,Date:2018-1-12,Ver:4,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar01,E-Y

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of malts that include Ardbeg, Dalmore, Fettercairn / Ian Macleod Distillers

Region: Scotland

40% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: NAS (All malts were distilled in 1990 or before)

Cask Type: First-fill oak

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes


Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Gentle peat, costal spray, vanilla, salty citrus, smoke upfront with fruit afterwards

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Sherry, vanilla, caramel, citrus, salt, gentle peat, and malt

Finish: Medium warmth and length, caramel, salt, peat, oak, and chocolate

Thoughts: An example of a good blended malt. I would have liked all the usual higher proof, NCF, and NC, but for what it is, it’s a tasty light costal blend.

Score: 82 out of 100

Barrell Whiskey Batch 003

Whiskey 003

Price: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Barrell

Region: Tennessee

52.65% ABV

Mashbill: Undisclosed, uses corn, rye, and malted barley

Aged For: 5 years

Cask Type: 5 years in American white oak barrels, finished in 20% sherry butts and 80% port pipes

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Port wine with corn mash, citrus, oak, vanilla, honey, and green pepper

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Fruity, then a more traditional bourbon palate takes over. Leather, pepper, latte, mocha, butter, cherry

Finish: Warm and medium length, butter, cream, tea, sherry, oak, and pie crust

Thoughts: I liked the alternating plate from fruity to a more traditional whisky flavor. I think that being older would have really made it amazing, but it is still good as is.

Score: 82 out of 100

Barrell Whiskey Batch 004

Maker:0x4c,Date:2018-1-12,Ver:4,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar01,E-Y

Paid: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Barrell

Region: Indiana & Tennessee

60.3% ABV

Mashbill: Undisclosed, uses corn, rye, and malted barley

Aged For: 11 years

Cask Type: New charred oak, ex-bourbon casks, finished in ex-Barrell Rum batch 001 casks, and rye casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Sweet sugars, buttered popcorn, vanilla, toasted oak, spices, dried grass

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Coconut, hay, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, cloves, and butterscotch

Finish: Warm and lasting, dry with rye spices, oak, herbs, molasses, and pepper

Thoughts: It’s an enjoyable whiskey, with the rum or rye casks never dominating in finish, but adding just a small layer to the base whiskey.

Score: 82 out of 100

Barrell Whiskey Batch 005

Barrell Whiskey Batch 005

Paid: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Barrell

Region: Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky

59.2% ABV

Bottle #: 7723

Aged For: 9 Years

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Cask Type: American white oak, ex-bourbon, American Brandy barrels, Amaro barrels, and Cognac Casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cocktail bitters, dry red wine, maraschino cherries, honey, corn mash

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Oak, barrel char, young brandy, coffee, bitter vanilla, licorice

Finish: Warm, medium length, bitters, brandy, baking spices

Thoughts: I was hoping this would have more Cognac and brandy influence and less of the Amaro, but I don’t care for the flavors imparted by the Amaro. If you’re a fan of whiskey cocktails you’d likely enjoy this quiet a bit, but that’s not my cup of tea.

Score: 73 out of 100

Martell Blue Swift

Martell Blue Swift

Paid: $36 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Martell

Region: Cognac, France

40% ABV

Grapes: Blend from Grande and Petite Champagne, Borderies, and Fins Bois regions.

Aged For: Around 5 to 8 years

Cask Type: French Trocais oak, finished in Ex-bourbon casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes

 


 

Color: Reddish Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Ginger, mint, grapes, vanilla, cherry, sour and a bit tart

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, menthol, sour grapes, plum, citrus, ginger, oak

Finish: Short and light warmth, oak tannins and vanilla, with a bit of coconut and dry wine

Thoughts: So this is the first “Cognac” (technically it can’t be called that due to the bourbon barrels) and after loving Armagnac, and the difference is profound. Much, much lighter in body.

Score: 74 out of 100

 

Authors Note: I tried another glass of this recently after the bottle had been open awhile, and it seems a little bit of oxidation has helped it, bringing out more fruit flavors and tamping down the menthol and sour notes. It may be worth visiting again.