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Johnnie Walker Blue Label

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    Johnnie Walker

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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Blue Label has always presented itself as a mixed bag, but its current direction feels misguided to me.
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  • Raided Score: 68
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: Very short. Very shallow. No progression.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Where Johnnie Walker Black is more like Daniel Craig as James Bond, Blue Label is more Pierce Brosnan; less brute force with a touch more elegance.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt:  It is the perfect CEO / business class whiskey. It's also the perfect gift. Approachable, easy, you don't have to think about it, but the price tag stings.
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  • Raided Score: 97
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: An abiding finish of smoke, dry spices, and banoffee pie sweetness. Close to perfection.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt:  I enjoyed the balance of fresh and dried fruits, intertwined with so many other flavors that melted effortlessly into each other and danced around delicately on my tongue.
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  • Intro:

    Johnnie Walker Blue is an icon of scotch whiskey - a blend of whiskies inhabiting a fancy, heavy, meticulously designed bottle - that permeates the executive lounges and business class seats on airplanes greatly. Expensive but always available, how does this titan of gift giving and big spending fare?

  • Nose:

    Vanilla, caramel, some grainy yeasty dough, very mild and sweet.

  • Taste:

    Thin, pleasantly sweet. Apples, pears, vanilla, mild caramel and Little bit of wafer cookie - very mild yeasty notes with just a hint of clove or oak. No burn.

  • Finish:

    Mild, no heat. Sweet, not offensive in any way. Doesnt really stick around.

  • Overall:

    I know I'm not telling you anything you have not heard before. This is a solid, if completely forgettable dram. Its sweet, pleasant and not punishing in any way, whatsoever. It is the perfect business or gifting whiskey. It does what it sets out to do, its just a shame it costs about 5 times what its worth. Im giving this a Rank 5 - there are no major flaws but it is not exciting.

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