Johnnie Walker - Explorers` Club Collection - The Royal Route

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Blend-Scotch
Scotland
Blended Whisky
40%
1 l
Original bottling
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Davisscholar
23. Mar 2015
Greatly recommended by DFS staff, but greatly disappointing.

Good news first: this exclusive, "shiny" bottling is showcasing a lot of sherry-matured, Speyside Single Malt character. (Cardhu, anyone?)

The bad news is that it is not very intense in aroma and the grain contribution is green, phenolic and musty, dulling down the entire experience.

On the palate, the blend is "lean", to put it politely, with a characteristic sharpness disrupting the experience, possibly to take away from the coarse astringent oak and grain qualities. Quite lively and showing little of the fulness one has come to expect from expensive Johnnie Walkers.

Very disappointing for the price point, at which JW fans would buy a bottle of Blue Label. If it has to be JW, the Platinum 18 seems to offer the best "concentration", i.e. richness and refinement, nowadays.