Blended Scotch - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Best Blended Scotch - 2013
Interesting fact… Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky spells its name whisky as it originates in Scotland. Had it been produced in America its name would be Johnnie Walker Blue Label whiskey, instead of whisky.
Nose: Fragrant with good body. Notes of oak, crisp spice, dried fruit, pastries. Berry fruits, aniseed, hints of cedar, a touch of spice and citrus.
Palate: Supple and balanced. Good toffee and hints of very wistful smoke. Chocolate, hints of grass and a good hit of malt.
Finish: Floral, oaky, good length, urged on by a plume of very well-kept, highland style smoke. Dried fruit, spice, honey.
Overall: One of the ultimate premium blends, Blue Label is a legend in its own right and will continue to be.
I love enjoy a god whiskey and have a decent collection of some fine single malts and blends. I find Blue label to be a bit over rated and have come to the conclusion that more people order this for the "status" as opposed to enjoying the Whiskey. Personally I think single malts offer a lot more smoothness and a more enjoyable experience then the JW collection. In saying that I am a big fan of the double black and black label. All in All a quality whiskey, but not for me, especially at that price
15th April 2014
The Glenmorangie Signet is at the same price point as the JW Blue Label. Not to judge them by being a single and a blend, just by their taste alone, which one will you choose?
14th April 2014
I love the JW rainbow, I've had them all! But the Blue is great. What people fail to realize is that FMRI studies have repeatedly shown the area of your brain that experiences pleasure lights up like a Xmas tree when you believe you are experiencing something rare and expensive.. Even the most sophisticated somaliers can be fooled when you take a $20 wine and put it into a $500 bottle. The point? Your brain TRULY experiences pleasure regardless of the taste when you expect the reward of such a premium experience. Go buy some now!
11th April 2014
Vat 69 tastes better
4th April 2014
Smells amazing. Tastes good too, best JW, and I've had Black, Double Black, Green and Gold.
3rd April 2014
... It's a rich and luxuriant upper-class dram done the only way Johnnie Walker can do it (this isn't fanboy-ism, I'm talking about an appreciation for the unique flavour profiles found in JW Black and upwards which some will like more than others). If Johnnie Walker's rainbow range doesn't tend to disappoint you, then Blue won't either. It tastes great - and I'm happy to have spent £120 on a bottle. It tastes like £120, frankly. I haven't come to appreciate the diversity of single malts yet, though I know a priori there's much to appreciate there; but I CAN say that I prefer this to Glenfiddich 15 Solera Vat by a long way. The grassy peat with a subtle, ninja-like fruitiness following shortly after is more my thing than the emphasis on rich sherry and other sweet tasting tones in the Glen15. Blue Label, and Black for that matter, remind me of the smells of the West Sussex countryside in England; where hay bundles, dewy grass, damp mud and salty air define the daily sensory experience. If your childhood was not as such, your experience of Blue Label may, naturally, differ. A conservative rating of 7 taking into account my bias for Johnnie Walker's flavour profiles, peatier malts, and inexperience of single malts and other high end blends -- It IS much better than Black Label. I'm surprised at those who think otherwise. Blue Label is so much smoother, richer, warming and nuanced. Tastes better too. And I have guzzled enough Black Label to drown Aquaman.
Okay, at the very outset let me tell you, amongst the several Restaurant & Hotel franchises I OWN, includes franchises of 8 Very High End Fine Dining Restaurants in 4 Continents (NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST/ASIA & AFRICA). I have noticed a distinct trend, rich patrons in my Middle East, Asia, Africa restaurant routinely order this Drink, not because, they understand the finer nuances of a Whiskey but, because it is considered a status symbol in those societies. So, yes inadvertently this Whiskey does provide me with a Bulk of my Liquor sales in those territories.
That does not mean this whiskey is GREAT. Far from it, this whiskey leave aside its smooth & silky feel, is devoid of any subtle tasting notes or any life altering flavors. At best Blue Label is mediocre, and anyone who pays that kind of money on this Dram of piss, is imbecile and a show off. I am talking of even the Anniversary edition.
If better sense prevailed and people really knew what they were sipping then I would suggest Macallan 21 or, Oban 21. If they are not too fussy about single Malt scotch then I suggest they try Thomas H Handy Sazerac or, if they are lucky order for a dram of Pappy Van Vinkle. Lucky because the original Weller recipe won't be out before middle of 2016.
Btw I think amongst true Whiskey connoisseurs Bourbon is gaining big TIME.
26th March 2014
Bells is a much better blended whisky than this and far cheaper.
14th March 2014
WOW JWB is smooth as silk, and does what it intends to do... gets me hammered. Who gives a toss about single, blended ect and the like. Yes is is expensive, but that is the whole point. BMW's are the best car on the road, but shit it looks good having one....
7th March 2014
Smooth, Clean and Delicious. The best blend there is available. To the single malt snobs, lighten up.
22nd February 2014
Would love to put this up to somebody without labels and compare it to something else. I think the Blue Label makes people think that it is fantastic, when actually, it's not. Big time branding has an influence on people.
19th February 2014
I have never written a review before but felt compelled to do so on reading a previous review from someone who described Johnnie walker's Blue Label as "dip spit"!!! I take it this is an American term? I live in the town of Kilmarnock,Ayrshire,Scotland where J.W. Was born and died and I think that the world wide trade in his numerous whiskies speaks for itself.I am not a whisky drinker but my husband is and we travel worldwide and have the good fortune to be in the USA at least four times a year.The moto of this story being....what a pity more Americans don't travel!!
22nd January 2014
Way, way sweet for my money. Tastes cheap. And to think I could have had three or four bottles of laphroig for the money. Bugger.
31st December 2013
For my taste and nose, it was too much smoke and charred leather that gave way to a bitter finish. I found the Chivas Royal Salute 21 to be a much more smooth and engaging blend than the JW Blue. When I shared the Blue with good friends, they tried to appreciate it but never asked for a second pour. They asked for a second pour of the Royal Salute 21. It may be great for someone else, but I won't be buying any more Blue Label.
30th December 2013
For the price, I was expecting something exceptionally smooth. I was not impressed. For my taste, there was too much smoke and leather in the start and I found the finish harsh/bitter (nearly chemical, IMO). I gave the bottle a number of chances over the course of a year, so my impression wasn't just a one off. I have since tried the Chivas Royal Salute 21 year old blended whiskey and found it to be much smoother and a more pleasant experience from start to finish compared to J.W. Blue.
25th December 2013
Hands down the best blended whisky I've ever had, This really has it all Chocolate Toffee, Spice, Fruit, Smoke, Floral with a slight Cardboard note. I still think it carries a high price tag but it's a beautiful blend & I would recommend everyone try a sample!
19th November 2013
This is a very good blended whiskey, anyone who does not agree is tripping... This is a very good scotch... That said its expensive for what it is, for 130 quid you cold get a very intersting single malt like a glenfarclas 30 or such like. In that context this is poor value if it was 40 quid a pop it would be good stuff fir that mark..
It's good just not great and not worth the dollar... But it's not rubbish.
3rd November 2013
This isa good product it's. Good blend gets better the longer opened and he the whole range of flavours running though it. Remember it also an experience drinking it is about the rare splashes of whiskey that am it up and fat it contain whiskey you could ever obtain or afford any other way.
Th issue is the price is this was 40 quid a bottle it's would've the best thing ever but 130 a bottle a steep... One to saviour mine comes out when I had. Guest I wan to treat or I want to do something o treat myself bottle lasts me year as I tend to have single malt...but it's cant be said this is bad..jut expensive nod u ca get better for the money...but it's certainly an experience...
31st October 2013
After Black Label and single malt Johnnie Walker Green, I was expecting to be transported to another realm. Alas, a huge let-down. Very pleasant, but inappropriately positioned as Johnnie Walkers top Scotch.
30th October 2013
Tried this at a Christmas get together, although it was fairly flavorful I found it a little boring for myself. I also don't prefer whiskey to taste more like a liqueur, so for me the new gold label reserve is much better value and a great dram.
8th October 2013
Fantastic Whisky, one glass is never enough.
22nd September 2013
Don't get this as anything other than a collector's item
20th September 2013
Smoothe a drink you can have when not in the mood for strong whiskey
10th September 2013
Find J.W blue thick and oily .as I said gold is the one
1st September 2013
Find it verry overrated and expensive .try jw gold .now that is what I call a great and affordable drink
What can I say? Disappointing and very average. I have had more bottles of whisky than I can count over the years and this price range is around my normal/average spend on a bottle. Won't be getting another one of these, I've had better blends and single malts for half this price, with twice the "wow" factor. You want a good blend at this price? Get a bottle of Hibiki 21 year old. Let's not forget that "super rare" whisky is usually old and tired whisky, those nudging 30years old need to be carefully handled, but I guess Diageo slap them into JW Blue and blend the bad casks off.
18th August 2013
As the saying goes, opinions are like A$$h0les-everybody has one. I think you forgot to put MY OPINION in front of "First of all, blended whiskey is better than single malt." My advice is to have an open mind. I do prefer mostly single malts but do have a bottle of Blue now & then. Occasionally I can be had on special at AU$160.
28th July 2013
This is a blend and as such is very nice. Taste is subjective thing but it has a bit of everything very drinkable. Not as complex as some single malts but its a very different beast and should not be compared.
If it wasn't for the price point it would score more, very good blend up with balantines 17. Über smooth, think for price though its not great value and if the price scares you off try gold for a good experience at a fraction of the price,
But as a blend one of the better ones you can get..
12th July 2013
This spirit is definitely one of those that possess some degree of universal awareness of its existence and cost in society, as I've noticed (not referring to anyone here, but personal observation) people refer to it with reverance regardless of actual experience with it. A comment someone made to me that embodies this phenomena was "... until you've had Blue, then there's just no going back" with regard to my enjoyment of Black on the rocks as one of my "staple" drinks. Really? lol
Hope that was sufficient context... as stated, I suppose my expectations were unattainable from all I'd heard about Blue, because I was underwhelmed from the first sip to the last drop of the bottle. To this day I will take Gold over Blue in a heartbeat, and price is only a small part of the reason. Sure it's smooth and "pretty good," but I don't pay 200 a bottle for "pretty good," especially when I can be perfectly satisfied with Black for a fraction.
My advice is try it with an unsullied [mental] pallete and judge for yourself. Like someone else already said, you can make your own conclusions on what you consider "good" or "worth it." Personally, I'll continue to reach for the Gold, but still appreciate Blue for what it is.
3rd July 2013
I must say that I personally found Johnnie Walker Blue Label to be to akin to a watered down flavourless blended scotch, but with a ridiculous price tag. Its seems like a scotch aimed at those who don't like scotch at all! The weak palate and non-existent aftertaste made for a disappointing dram. For a such a large price I was expecting a lot more, and in this price range i would suggest the Glenfarclas 175 Anniversary or the Chivas Regal 25yr old, both of these blends are head and shoulders above JW Blue Label in 'Class' and more importantly, nose and taste!
1st July 2013
You need to try this particular Whisky at around 9.00 am on a cold and frosty morning down by a Scottish salmon river, Nectar. I am a single malt man too.
7th June 2013
JP you are quite correct, you are most probably worth lots more than a bottle of Blue Label....it is a nice drop however.......have you tried the Explorers` Club Collection ? It`s a dash sight cheaper and not bad at all....I picked up a bottle en route back to Scotland from Florida last week...Nice.... Enjoy retirement.
Forgot to put +5 to counter the unfair negatives
6th June 2013
JW don't turn out junk. Lot of people don't like because of the word blend. All JW I have had are the smoothest whisky around. Had a shot at an event. I love cause it cost a fortune and has the rarest whiskies out there contained within. Huh
Not a scotch drinker, but I was expecting a very smooth whiskey. I felt like I was drinking someone's dip spit. I will stick to crown reserve.
1st June 2013
It's funny to read single malt fans complain about the price point of this blended malt compared to cheaper single malts. Nobody is buying blue label because it has by far the best tasting. You buy blue label for just that, it's blue label. You buy it for the same reasons you buy an Omega, Rolex, luxury cars, oxford shoes, Items of this nature. Are there other things that perform equally for a lower price? Sure. But, I've earned it. I want Blue label.
12th May 2013
Really good drop of a blend whiskey,enjoy it and love it.thanks johnny walker.
4th May 2013
Good day,if you enjoy a good taste of smoky and fruity whiskey the blue label is the one.johnny blue is not a single malt,which im a big fan of.but it is a really peaceful and good blend from the old Johnny walker.
1st May 2013
I laugh at the people who say they can find a better scotch for $50. I guess taste is subjective, but come on. First of all, blended whiskey is better than single malt. It's amusing to hear young men say that single malt is better just because they've been conditioned to think that. MY OPINION is that JW Blue is probably the best tasting scotch at this price point. My favorite everyday scotch is JW Black. All of the sheep need to learn to think and taste for themselves. Quit regurgitating reviews that you've read online from some "professional" taster. Most (not all) of these people giving JW Blue bad reviews are just repeating something they heard said buy some guy that they wish they could be, lol.
23rd April 2013
REASONABLE.NOT WORTH THE PRICE.SUGGEST ''GREEN'',MUCH BETTER.
AV RAMPERSAD/TRINIDAD/WEST INDIES.
15th April 2013
The only useful comments here told me about the whisky.
JP sounds like a ****. For the others who so sanctimoniously pointed out that this was a 'blend' not a 'malt', congratulations. You have pointed out a basic fact about whisky- was it worth commenting or do you think everyone else understands that?
Aside from the fact this whisky uses only malts, c.f. a standard 'blend' which uses malts, clearly anyone using this website must have accepted a leniency in the semantics of 'malt' as this also sells blends, liqueurs and barware.
Pure class, I hope you enjoyed the whisky!!
9th April 2013
For the above
11th March 2013
Maybe my untrained palate is not up to the task but I find this whisky far too harsh to enjoy. Having added some water it did become more drinkable. However, if you want a blended malt you are better off buying Chivas Regal.
Overpriced diageo lousy product.
28th February 2013
Blue Label is not stellar but it is good. It's a marketing ploy. But hey JP, get a life bro! You must be unemployed. Don't hate the player.....hate the game!
24th February 2013
Most of the review's on this site forget this whiskey is not trying to be a malt ?. And it was voted the best blended whiskey more than once in the last 10 years. I am a true whiskey malt drinker and I would say as a blend this is the best I have ever tasted bar none. So I would say it would give any malt a run for it's money?.
24th January 2013
Someone doesn't know his 'malt' from his 'blended'!!
18th January 2013
Price should be same range as COGNAC XO
Remey, Hennesy , courvoisier
Whiskey's are. From Corn, Malt , etc
Cognac is from grapes
12th January 2013
Love it just got bottle from my mate.
14th December 2012
Too expensive for what it is. $90-$120 would be more reasonable.
29th November 2012
First time I tasted it, its very good, I like to drink on the rock. Awesome
28th November 2012
It's very good in taste, smoky, little spice flavour...
Not anything wrong with this whatsoever, a nice drink for sure but I prefer the axed Green label over it and the Platinum sits at the top of my list, incredibly smooth easy drinking whisky.
28th October 2012
HE COMPRADO ESTA BOTELLA SIEMPRE a 140 euros -es carisima el precio que vendeis
6th September 2012
Not a whisky drinker as such but sampled some of this stuff at a wedding. Wish I could afford to buy a couple of bottles for a treat now and again.
4th September 2012
I have tried PLATINUM...it is ugood for the money...can't wait for the second bottle...with friends...Johnny Walker...good job...I wonder how it compares to Blue Label..
7th August 2012
Very good whisky but not the GREAT whisky I was expecting for the amount I paid for it. A $50 whisky can perfectly beat it.
Disappointed and will never buy again.
6th August 2012
I have tried the Platinum..hope the Blue label is as good..
2nd August 2012
Pffft, amigo, its blended not a single malt. Please. And they don't pass it off as a single malt, they clearly say its a blend of their finest. And it tastes great. I mean even if a whiskey drinker does a blind tasting, he may not be able to identify it but he'll know he's drinking an exclusive expensive whiskey. It just tastes so..
20th July 2012
it never ceases to amaze me how easily people can be fooled into believing a product is amazing just by being told that doing so will mean they are sophisticated. much in the same way you can put dodgy leather in a car and sell it as a luxury vehicle (at least in america). at about $190 a bottle, if you think it's worth it, it means you don't know what you're on about. it's not bad as such, but it is MASSIVELY over-priced. there's definitely no shortage of single malts that are just as good or better at about a third of the price.
29th May 2012
very special at this price
18th April 2012
VERY NICE DRINK
31st March 2012
Diamonds maybe a womans best friend, but Johnny blue is a mans best friend. My name is Mike, 30 living in Amman, Jordan, and by far this is my drink of choice.
14th December 2011
Johnny Walker Blue Label is not a malt whisky it is blended.
1st December 2011
I have had in my cabinet a miniature of Blue Label for a good number of decades now having kindly been given it by one of the people at JW who I knew.
I am now 65 and thought what a shame not to have given this whisky an opening so I took the 'initiative' and opened it and placed it in a glass.
All I can say is that I am glad I did and have now well satisfied my curiosity as to what lay within that bottle that has now been spirited away.
Thank you JW.
28th September 2011
As others have said, the JW is certainly "nice", as in "harmless". If it was not so ridiculously expensive, I'd always have a bottle at hand for people who don't like the taste of Whisky, to show them that Whisky drinking can be painless. But my guess is that those who like Whisky and Scotch that has character, will find the JW Blue a bit insipid. At 1/4 of the price, I personally find the JW Green infinitely better.
5th August 2011
I have to say I had very high expectations of this whisky, but I feel that it falls quite short of the mark... This whisky looks good, it smells good but it just seems to be lacking something on the palate and finish. Personally, I prefer the Black and Green label from JW.
2nd July 2011
I have been given a litre of "Blue Label" as a gift and it is excellent, being Irish we spell our whiskey with an "e" (rather like the Americans). But will someone advise "The Americans" that it is an excellent ..blended whisky...and not a malt !!
29th June 2011
I found this whisky fine but really nowhere near as good as a single malt you could buy for less than £50. It was very smooth and there were hints of complexity in the nose but the one word that springs to mind is 'thin'. It disappears in the mouth and doesn't have the finish you'd expect for the price and heritage.
26th April 2011
25th February 2011
Tried a sample of JW's premier blend. Yes, it was OK, indeed really smooth, but no special flavours or unique taste to my mind. I was underwhelmed. I am sure it has some very old and rare malts in the blend, and I am glad I tried it, but not worth over £100 a bottle for me. I'll stick with the JW Black if I want a blend, and spend the rest on some of the hundreds of other interesting malts on this site.
23rd January 2011
and thats why he's so upset. Or maybe you retired and no one cared enough to give you a bottle of baby formula. Grow up and worry about yourself. He may be "Pure class" but your "no class."
19th January 2011
It's a $189 bottle of Whiskey and worth a try. I like the flavor, but prefer the distinct taste of a single malt.
5th December 2010
As I sat on the front porch of my southern colonial home on that brisk autumn eve, I knew that only one spirit would provide me with the class I so desired. Johnny Walker Blue Label, I declare, a classy malt indeed.
I've always felt class to be the most important attribute in my distilled spirits. Blue never fails to deliver. A classy malt. Nay, the classiest of all malts.
I hope this autumn never ends.
28th November 2010
Congratulations Pure class on sacrificing your entire life for subservience and ass kissing for a mere bottle of $150 whiskey. May you play golf in Florida once! (because that seems to be all your lifetime work was worth)
really good u also try
30th July 2010
8th June 2010
Was given this lovely whiskey as a retirement gift from work. In the premium price bracket you cant go far wrong - for the smooth taste, stays in the mouth for ages! A classy malt.
6th October 2009