That’s right. I’ve finally gotten round to reviewing JW Red. Perhaps the least favourite Scotch of r/Scotch and the very bottom of the Johnnie Walker range.
I don’t review enough blends really, and yes, I should do more of them. I do actually quite enjoy the detective work behind finding out which whiskies are in the blend, which distilleries are contributing and how that’s coming out in the whisky.
In this case its Diageo with their 28 malt distilleries and 2 ½ grain, which makes it a bit trickier but, as with black, the Johnnie Walker trademark is usually some smoke coming from Caol Ila and Talisker. As this is the cheapest of the range, I’d also expect the most grain in this one.
Johnnie Walker Red Label 40%
Nose: Cheap-af. Grain forward, harsh abv despite the strength, a tiny hint of young brash peat. Not much else.
Taste: Soft arrival, lacking power, watery actually. Malt, some generic spice, a bit harsh into the finish.
Finish: Short length. Very little here, some grain whisky and generic spice.
Very Haig Club-esque. Lots of Cameronbridge in here I imagine. Not terrible though! I don’t really know how they get the whisky to be harsh and watery at the same time… That’s quite a feat. Black is a big step up from this too IMO.
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