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Johnnie Walker Platinum sits between gold and blue in Walker's extensive range of blends. It carries an 18 year old age statement and comes in a very smart box.
Nose: Sweet rich and deep notes with maraschino cherries, toffee caramel, vanilla, baked rhubarb crumble and a very thin whiff of smoke.
Palate: The richness continues onto the palate, which is sweet and warming, with creamy malt, oats and cereal. A spicy vanilla cinnamon dusting too with the gentle smoke again developing.
Finish: Dark chocolate with caramalised peel.
Overall: Another pleasing blend from Johnnie Walker, this is quite different from the gold label.
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For around AUD80, I think this is a good value scotch. A hint of smoke, very smooth - I didn't get the hit of alcohol that some have complained about.It's not exceptional, but you're not paying an exceptional price. A good addition to the collection.
26th January 2017
Easy to drink...but watery!A very shallow example of a fine pedigree. I would bet my bottom dollar that the original "Platinum blend " was no less than 75% proof (at the least)Next thing you know ,this will end up as 35%Alc/Vol,
16th December 2016
This is an excellent, complex and refined Whisky at a good price. I prefer it to the Chivas Regal 18 YO, which is tasty as well but a bit bitter to my taste.
15th November 2016
This is not a bad scotch, sweet, fruity all that vanilla sorta business - but that's not the question. . The question is: Is it good? Well for the price ~$70 or less yes it's good. It does have a very harsh alcohol burn on the finish. I drank this side by side to the Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 and the difference was night & day. The Glenmorangie was silky smooth on the finish. Now, it does cost $30 or $40 more bucks so go figure.
15th September 2016
I was highly disappointed by the JW gold NAS, so i didn't expect much of this one. But i was wrong, and it is a sweet delicate dram with a little hint of spice (from Mortlach i guess). It is perfect for sharing it with the family or friends. So sad it is only 40% at 46% it would be a must have ! Every malt maniacs should give a try.
3rd July 2016
This is one of my favorite stock choices when converting friends who prefer strongly single malts. Excellent blend with refined nose and palate. Longer finish would be nice. Platinum gives you a lot to talk about. A bit pricy but well worth it.
27th June 2016
Bought for fathers day absolutely amazing my father loved it!
20th June 2016
21st May 2016
Silky smooth to drink, just glides down your throat, well done Johnnie .
2nd May 2016
I bought a bottle for a friend for a special occasion and had the good luck of having a taste over ice. "Wow"incredibly smooth and delicious. No harsh "high-octane" burn here. Give it a try, I think you will like it!
15th January 2016
Get over the false idea that "single malt" (which is almost always a blend as well) is superior to blended whisky and you will find that this is an incredible dram. I tend to be drawn to the intense Islay malts which this is not, but if your in the mood for something delicious, refined, and beautiful this will do. If you love whisky you deserve to try this if only once. Maybe you will love it maybe you will hate it (whisky is very subjective) but you deserve to try it and it deserves your effort.
21st December 2015
Very good, but you can get better Scotch for less money.Cheers from Buenos Aires.
13th December 2015
7th December 2015
A little expensive, BUT IT'S TOTALLY WORTH IT. Was gave to me as a gift, but it is amazing. Super sweet in a great way, and you can totally taste the Marashcino Cherries.9/10 definitely
It's better than blue label it's a whiskey to be savoured & enjoyed it's a beautiful flavours. Mark it 10 out of 10
3rd December 2015
I've tried all the colours and this to me is the smoothest with the greatest complexity. It reminds me of the Green, which I love, but smoother. I did enjoy the blue, but didn't find it as smooth as the Platinum. The Gold Reserve was very underwhelming and even the Black has more flavour...but like all Whisky's it comes down to preference. If only it was a bit more affordable....
2nd October 2015
Enjoying the Johnnie taste profile these days. Haven't tried Gold Reserve yet, just Red,Black,Platinum and Blue and they do just get smoother and add a little character as they go up.
29th August 2015
One of the better blends.
22nd August 2015
21st August 2015
Nice blend but I paid £34.00 in Tesco clearance. Would not buy at full price
29th July 2015
Loved it. Had 3 bottles.
22nd June 2015
The whisky is quite good, though perhaps a touch too expensive (I paid £47 in a duty-free airport shop), but as others have noted, surely some of that goes to pay for the ridiculous box. It's too nice to just throw away, but wholly meaningless to keep. It's spectacularly wasteful, and as someone once told me, when a company has to put THAT much into the packaging, it makes you wonder what it is about the product that cannot stand on its own. The bottle JW Platinum comes in is beautiful and elegant, so for the life of me I cannot understand the robust box. I would implore JW to abandon it, shave a couple of pounds off the price, and help save the planet.
2nd June 2015
Wasn't very impressed at all when 1st opened. It was harsh & had a bitter alcohol after taste, but after a couple of days of being opened it mellowed out quite a bit. The harshness & after taste both gone & now had a little bit of smoke to it. Nice. All in all not a bad dram but way over priced at $150+ a bottle here. Half of that I think is for the packaging. But when compared side by side with the old 18 Gold it doesn't stand a chance! The 18 Gold was a far superior whisky by far. This would only be a match to the old Green Label.
5th April 2015
Rich creamy undertones a richer tasting drink I would put it along side the blue label as a very good companion
11th February 2015
9th February 2015
I've had them all and nothing compares to the Gold Reserve. Blue is great, as is Green. Both are better than Platinum, which tastes hotter than its 80 proof would lead you to believe. It's good Scotch, but I've yet to see JW top the Gold.
3rd January 2015
I've tried a few different single malts over the last couple of years.All have been priced around the $100 mark . The platinum is clearly my favourite. Smooth, a hint of smoky tones which suits my taste. This is a great drink to relax with at home after a long day.
30th December 2014
OK. Black Label far better value. Stick to the single malts- £40 Islay malt 100x better.
26th December 2014
Prefer it over the Gold and Double Black (which I find far too smokey). A good step up from Black to have on more important occasions (or among better company).
25th December 2014
No hints of cherries, chocolate, vanilla, toffee or any of the mentioned tastes as described on the nose or palate, however a delightful and enjoyable whiskey. Would Recommend
24th December 2014
13th December 2014
It's OK but dies not justify price. JW Black, Double Black or Blue is more worth it.
23rd October 2014
6th October 2014
Costco sells it for around $85. So smooth! It's as good as Blue, or nearly as good. Platinum exceeds all of my expectations.
22nd September 2014
I was really disappointed when I bought the Platinum. Since it was to replace the Gold 18 year I had hoped it was equally good, but it was not as smooth. I was able to drink the gold straight up; not the Platinum.
30th July 2014
Not what I expected. Nothing like blue.Will never buy again.
26th July 2014
Ric Flair loves it!
27th May 2014
I give 10 for packaging alone. Box is very smart, bottle even more.Should one really care what's inside :o ?!In my opinion it is on equal basis with JW blue. Just another pleasing release from JW team.Definitely value for money.
6th April 2014
just had platinum vs blue label side by side. survey says: platinum is just as smooth and flavorful as the blue. don't waste the extra 100 bucks on blue.
23rd January 2014
I like it however, I love the double black, I cannot get enough of it love the smoke to it. platinum is smoother in my opinion but with cost a factor double black is better. If cost is not a factor then platinum or reserve gold (in the freezer, notes of honey.)
11th January 2014
with a cube or without it has a very nice mouth feel!!awesome buy
7th January 2014
I was a blue fan but at 2 bills a bottle not always feasible..tried the platinum and an hooked..on my 3rd bottle smooth and easy drinking
2nd January 2014
good drink. repeatable. patiala peg on the rocks is highly recommended
31st December 2013
best time I ever I had
27th December 2013
this is a really nice scotch. The biggest problem is that it's too easy to drink! It has such a clean finish and while being very smooth and easy to drink, it has just enough character so that it doesn't feel like drinking a generic drop.
25th December 2013
tried it for the first time today . normally into single malts , but this one was impressive , very smooth no burn and had a nice nose to it .. would def buy a bottle for the home bar
19th December 2013
very full, quite impressed, smoke filled aroma, will buy another bottle
7th December 2013
Good finish cant abandon blue though,not yet...
17th November 2013
а какой самый молодой спирт в нем сколько лет?
31st October 2013
This is a really nice drink, better than Gold. Some days I prefer it to Blue and Blue Cask.
23rd October 2013
I m fine now, after 5 min i ll add a reviw ... hope ... Tell my wife i m fine ...
16th October 2013
After having the first sip I convinenced my self not to drink more of JW platinum after which I shifted to 100 pipers. Felt 100 piper was better than platinum, no taste no complexity was found by me.
9th September 2013
For fans of blended scotch whisky, this latest addition to the Johnnie Walker portfolio will not disappoint.Nose: Sherry oak, chocolate, wet leaves, loam and mint.Palate: Blood oranges, rosewater, dark plumbs, raspberries.Finish: Salt, slight signature Johnnie Walker smoke (probably Talisker) and red fruits.General Impressions: This is a smooth, approachable dram that serves up lots of sherry, red fruits and a teensy weensy bit of smoke in a very refined and smooth package. I picked this up at duty free for $88. Fair price. I would not pay $149 where I live. Never.If you seek a pleasant, solid blended scotch, this works. It is not as great as Green Label, but I would put it ahead of Gold and Blue any day.Cheers!
29th July 2013
Cant say i am impressed with this at all, intense heat that kills the taste buds,cant see how you can claim dark chocolate,caramel, vanillia cinnamon et, you must have tried a different malt. for £70 including postage not a drink i would ever buy again.Best mixed with a coke to kill it.
15th July 2013
How does it compare to the Gold?...very simular...just that Smokey part which the Platinum has....but gold still 95%..as smooth and good as platinum....would definatly buy again.....review for Axispaw..cheers,..
13th April 2013
Double black is not smoother,..but its good...green lable doesnt taste ad good as the Platinum....one bottle of Green lable..but no more....10 bottles of Platinum,...I still like it...each to there own!!
7th April 2013
Slightly disappointing. After hunting it down for weeks, I finally got a taste of this much anticipated blend back in November. I was dismayed by its indistinguishable taste. Double black was well crafted and sips smoother. Green is always a solid choice. However, Blue is still superior by far. Platinum has not found its niche. If JW is listening, I look forward to Diamond.
15th February 2013
Well,...about 10 bottles now,....still magic!!!
26th January 2013
19th January 2013
Yeah...no worries!!..i will definatly buy a bottle or two of Platinum for Christmas presents!!..(Its a new product from Johnny walker) and the have done it well..i can tell you..3rd bottle ive had and im still impressed..Its certaintly easily drunk on its own..no bitterness and smooth..Hope they make it for years!!..I really want to try King George V...I will certaintly write a review for that..Cheers,
24th September 2012
Thanks. The green is excellent if you haven't tried it.
20th September 2012
I havn't tried the gold..BUT...i'm not really wanting to..The Platinum..is good enough...Best drink I've had to watch DVD on cold night!!..I am now wanting to try the Johnny Walker King George V..(sample first)..The Platinum is a great drink...i have reccommended it to a few friends and family..
How does it compare to the gold?
19th September 2012
Finished the second bottle!!!....Its all good!!
19th August 2012
Impressed..with the smoothness and taste..Looking forward to an other bottle.
2nd August 2012
Quite impressed...very smooth..will look forward to next bottle
1st August 2012