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Johnnie Walker 10 Years Old Rye Cask Finish

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  • Distiller:

    Various

  • Bottler:

    Johnnie Walker

  • ABV:

    46%

  • Age:

    10 Year

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: This whisky is bold and a little brutish, and it tends to be all over the place from start to finish. It’s initially a bit off-putting, but you’ll find it’s got quite a number of charms, provided you stick with it and give it a chance to breathe.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Bourbon and rye drinkers looking to expand into Scotch should seek this one out. It's an excellent value for the price and a very enjoyable dram.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: It doesn’t measure up to most other scotches, so I feel like a 4 here is appropriate but I was pleasantly surprised by the interesting flavors throughout. The astringency in the finish and the “all over the place”-ness on the nose is really what cripples this.
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  • Raided Score: 72
  • Publication: Malt-Review
  • Excerpt: The only reason why you stick a blended Scotch into casks to finish it for a very short period is to hide the fundamental flaws and provide a twist. That’s what the Scotch Malt Whisky Society do and a flaw of the monthly outturn model.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: It’s fabulous sipped straight up but keep walking to the finish.
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  • Intro:

    This is a 10 year blended expression from Johnnie Walker that is matured for 10 years in virgin oak casks, and then finished in ex-rye whiskey casks. There is no information given on the provenance of the rye casks. It is also prudent to note that this is a blended scotch whiskey and not a blended single malt which means there is also likely to be some grain in the mix. It also sounds like we may be seeing more of these releases since this is the first edition in their Select Cask range.

  • Nose:

    Ethanol, confectioners sugar, some younger new make, grain notes. Lemon butter cream, faint rubber. Its really funky, not really that bad, but it hovers and seems to pinball between sweet and creepy and then it is ethanol forward and rubbery in the next moment. Weird.

  • Taste:

    Thin to medium mouthfeel. Butter cream is prominent here. Very, very faint smoke. Sweet and tastes much younger than 10 years. Some clove spice. Fairly pleasant palate experience after the nose. Interesting.

  • Finish:

    Short and mild with sweet clove, faint rye spice, and toffee. Theres a bit of astringency here, but nothing egregious.

  • Overall:

    Overall, this wasnt actively bad. It doesnt measure up to most other scotches, so I feel like a 4 here is appropriate but I was pleasantly surprised by the interesting flavors throughout. The astringency in the finish and the "all over the place"-ness on the nose is really what cripples this. I will definitely be interested to see what future iterations of this product we see in new releases, though.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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