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

Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend

GKS Artist's Blend

Price: $30 for 750ml

Distillery/Owned By: Blend / Compass Box

Region: Scotland

43% ABV

Mashbill: 50% Grain whisky, 50% malt whisky

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Straw gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Citrus, apricots, vanilla, grass, grains, and floral notes

Mouthfeel: Slightly waxy

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, nuts, flowers, honey, citrus, and baking spice

Finish: Slight under medium length and warmth. Leche and marshmallows with a hint of dryness.

Thoughts: Very sweet, and the grains work well without ruining the flavor like in some other blends.

Score: 79 out of 100

 

 

Compass Box Great King Street Artists Blend Unholy Triumvirate Oak Cross

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Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend / Compass Box

Region: Scotland

49% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Undisclosed, married in oak cross casks for 1 year

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Honey, malt, orchard fruits, oak, caramel

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, honey, baked goods, oak, and caramel

Finish: Oak and spices with gentle warmth and a short to medium length finish.

Thoughts: I liked this a bit more than the normal CB AB, but it’s still very straightforward. Curious to see how the other single marrying casks taste still.

Score: 80 out of 100

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition

Paid: $30 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend / Edrington

Region: Scotland

50% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Color: Dark gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Malty butter, cream, vanilla, oak, and pepper

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, oak , pepper, leather, cream butter, wax, and honey

Finish: Medium heat, lasting waxy vanilla and butter cream with a hint of baking spice

Thoughts: I actually like this blend quite a bit, it’s priced well, and is a nice alternative vanilla to the bourbons I usually enjoy. The lack of chill filtering and higher proof help take it to that next step.

Score: 80 out of 100

Johnnie Walker Double Black

Johnnie Walker Double Black

Price: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend / Diageo

Region: Scotland

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Caramel and smoke, with hints of oak char, earthy grass, and grains.

Mouthfeel: Thin

Palate/Taste: Slight peat smoke, lemon tart, baked bread, pepper, and oak.

Finish: Under medium in length with a slight warmth, lingering smoke and caramel grains.

Thoughts: This was certainly smokier than the regular black label, but I’d rate it the same. Different, profile, but of equal quality.

Score: 76 out of 100

Johnnie Walker Platinum

Johnnie Walker Platinum

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Blend / Diageo

Region: Scotland

40% ABV

Aged For: 18 Years

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Off gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Milk chocolate, citrus, floral, apples, and honey

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery

Palate/Taste: Soapy caramel, floral, honey, milk chocolate, citrus, and a touch of nuts

Finish: Short and slight warmth. Confectionary sugar, grain aftertaste, oak

Thoughts: It’s very straightforward with the nose and palate being the same, very thin. Nothing offensive but nothing to make me want it again. I liked it a bit more than the Blue Label.

Score: 76 out of 100

 

Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Price: $150 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend / Diageo

Region: Scotland

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Honey and baked bread, vanilla, and a touch of smoke.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery

Palate/Taste: Caramel, coconut, buttercream, grass, and light citrus.

Finish: Gentle citrus and barely there smoke with just a touch of oak. Shorter and little warmth.

Thoughts: Inoffensive and can be easily drank, and to your average joe, this combined with the fancy bottle and advertising make it the end all be all of Scotch. But really its an overpriced inexpensive blend that’s all for show and style, and little for substance.

Score: 75 out of 100