Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V Edition101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die

Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V Edition

16th June 2010

Extract From 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die a whisky book from whisky expert Ian Buxton.

Sometimes only luxury will do. Unadulterated, in-your-face, loadsamoney, show-off luxury. Imagine you’ve got a Russian oligarch to impress, or a key business contact in the Far East needs a gift to lubricate an important deal. This is the Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V Edition moment.

For this is an unashamedly flamboyant whisky for the nouveau riche. From the elaborate presentation packaging with the twin monogrammed studs you need to remove to open the huge box, to the deliberately theatrical ritual of opening its hidden double doors, to the silk-lined interior with the parchment certificate, to the crystal decanter on its matching plinth, to the meticulously detailed and very, very heavy cork stopper, it’s all about the packaging.

Except, d’oh, this is also very good whisky. Did you imagine that the best-selling Scotch Whisky in the world (Diageo move a staggering 12 million cases of the different Johnnie Walker expressions every year) was going to put its name on any old gut rot, just because the box looks good (spectacular, to be honest)?

You can pay up to £1,000 for a single glass (yes, glass) of some Johnnie Walker styles but I maintain they’re really just showing off - flagship projects designed mainly for PR impact. So, for most of us, this must remain the ultimate Johnnie Walker. And very fine it is too, as well it might be at approaching £400 a bottle (it will be cheaper at the airport).

So treat yourself at least once in your life and, as you sip, ask yourself, “What are the poor people doing tonight?”

Ian Buxton's Tasting Note For Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V Edition

Colour: Deep and dark, suggestive of great age and some sherry casks in the blend.
Nose: Initially sweet, then more than a hint of smoke and lots of body. This is going to be BIG!
Taste: A very big, forceful whisky, surprisingly honeyed and well-mannered with the smoky Port Ellen coming through late. Still vibrant and complex despite the age of some of the blend constituents.
Finish: A languorous, unhurried finish, very rounded, with the sweeter Speysiders complementing the last fading notes of peat smoke.

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