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John Walker & Sons Odyssey Review


26th January 2015
John Walker & Sons Odyssey is an ultra-premium blended malt Scotch whisky composed of three of the finest single malt whiskies.

The John Walker & Sons Odyssey is an ultra-premium blended malt Scotch whisky which has been inspired by Sir Alexander Walker's passion for epic Journeys. The Odyssey is a rare triple malt whisky, the very first "Triple Single Malt" whisky ever produced by John Walker and it contains no grain whiskies. It is composed of three of the finest single malt whiskies which have been hand-selected by Johnnie Walker & Sonsí Master Blender, the three single malts come from three undisclosed distilleries, the three distilleries, that he calls his "hidden gems".

As you would expect for such a premium whisky, it is presented in a prestigious crystal glass decanter, based on a 1932 nautical design by Sir Alexander Walker, the case has been crafted to move with the movement of the sea, allowing the decanter to rotate a full 360 degrees. When at standstill the decanter will always point upwards.

It's launch back in 2012 was heralded by an around-the-world expedition of a luxury yacht. Now all the hype from the launch and the around-the-world expedition has died down, is the whisky any good I hear you ask? Murray Cohen, Order of the Companions of the Quaich Canada and our very own Scotch Malt Whisky Forum member, Quaich1 was very impressed with it and has kindly submitted his review of John Walker & Sons Odyssey (below).

The John Walker & Sons Odyssey is now available from The Whisky Exchange priced £580
 

John Walker & Sons Odyssey Review


Review submitted by Murray Cohen, Order of the Companions of the Quaich, Niagara, Ontario, Canada and our very own Scotch Malt Whisky Forum member, Quaich1.

Bottled at 40% ABV.

Murray Cohen's Tasting Notes:

Nose: There are whiffs of sweet plantains followed by lime citrus. A hit of bold chocolate macaroons follows and compliments honey dew melon and butterscotch flakes.

Taste:  A greeting of spice and then bananas in fudge. Mocha notes spring forth and shades of old fashioned chocolate malt, the kind poured by the "soda-jerker" of the 1940's and 50's.

Finish: The finish is long with spice intermingled with chocolate foam and layers of cocoa.

Comments: This is a substantial dram with considerable depth and weight yet not pushy. It presents a maturity which cannot be doubted and a combination of flavors that harken back to days of old where the palate was to be soothed and charmed, not overwhelmed. A lovely addition to this distilleries repertoire.

Score: 97.5/100
 

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