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Johnnie walker platinum blend has just been released to the market and added to Diageo’s Johnnie Walker range. It fits perfectly in between the gold label and icon blue label and is inspired by a long Scottish family tradition of using private blends to create this exclusive whisky, exclusive because it was only tasted by a select few individual for special occasions. This seems relevant due to the name given to this blend, ‘Platinum’ which is one of the most precious, refined and elegant metals on the planet.
It has also been given a new bottle design, which is odd for Johnnie Walker as the bottle design for their labels is legendary. However the new bottle does look appealing, it is still the usual rectangle shape but with a special finish, the bottle of the bottle is thicker and stronger with an elegantly edged facet giving the whisky a modern and expressive character.
The blend is 18years old and matured in American oak casks. The flavour is typically sweet and elegant of traditional Speyside whisky associated with a subtle smoky note. You sense aromas of dried fruits, malt, sweet vanilla and fruity mandarin to round out the whisky. This whisky is best enjoyed on the rocks so that the round body of the whisky can fully develop but many say it is just as good drunk neat.
I originally bought this as a Christmas present but a combination of bad health, very bad news and idiots at work made me relent and surprise the recipient earlier than planned. What can I say? My other half loves whisky..preferably single malts and his Achilles Heel are the sweet and smoky malts so this Platinum Label Johnny Walker was a bit of a gamble because as a general rule blends are a major no-no but my gamble paid off......with major brownie points. The warmth of whisky only becomes apparent several seconds after being swallowed but the flavour on the tongue and the soft and rich after taste are more than pleasant.......the very very picky whisky daemon in my home is more than happy with addition to the only blended whisky he will drink...more than worth the £65-00 price tag and I will be buying more.