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Synonymous with premium blended whisky, Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the rarest whisky from this world famous brand. Rich and slightly smoky, it's made up of some very old malt and grain Scotch whiskies. It's said that only on in ten thousand casks makes the grade. Johnnie Walker suggest enjoying neat alongside a glass of chilled water.
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.
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As a single-malt snob, I tried this recently and (1) it was exactly what I expected but oddly (2) I liked that way more than I thought I would. JW Black is fine, blasé but whatever. Blue is that refined to a science. You never want to admit it, but sometimes that's exactly what you want. Now, price-wise, here in Michigan, it's the same as a Yamazaki 18. I can't laugh enough about how stupid that is. I'll probably rarely-to-never buy a bottle just out of principle due to the Yamazaki comparison, but really it's a shame, because this is a very enjoyable drink. Just in a different way.
14th March 2017
You pay for the label. It's not a bad drop in itself, but it's just rather dull! The flavour hardly develops. I was expecting a lot more.
13th March 2017
A delicious infusion of aged whiskies, some that no longer exist and who's legacy will remain in this bottle. Fresh fruity notes with a smokey tinge highlighted by a peppery splash of honey and muscatel. Definitely a classic to the most discerning scotch drinker. Nectar of the Gods.
2nd March 2017
For a whisky of this price I expected more depth and breadth in flavor. In itself it is a nice gentle whisky with soft notes of dried fruits, oak and spices. But it lacks a layering, a story in its flavor. Got lucky at the bar of my hotel, they charge the same for any whisky, but I will not buy it again.
15th February 2017
18 years better than this and half the price or less.
15th January 2017
Very good taste ..
5th January 2017
jOHNNIE wALKER bLUE IS THE bEST oF ALL LABEL.
26th December 2016
25th December 2016
Maybe the chaps of previous generations had a taste for peat (might not have had any choice?)To-day, we want breadth and depth, and malt drying can take on many different forms.The Black Label 43% is the BEST
16th December 2016
Added a dram of Blue Label to my order to bring it up to free postage (any excuse, eh?). I found it smooth and sweet, but with little character for the price. I suppose that's why I'm generally a malt drinker. Glad MoM gave me the opportunity to try this renowned whisky at a reasonable price, but glad I didn't buy a whole bottle. Certainly nice enough, but not for three figures.
9th December 2016
I figured that there are two types of whisky lovers out there, those who love jw blue and those who hate it. Count me among those happy enough to appreciate this incredibly exquisite blend.
26th November 2016
I will taste blue lable first time in my home normally in parties I found the best I have taken ever but I also like double black
27th July 2016
It has taken me a couple of sitting to fully appreciate Blue label. Originally I found it very sweet as I enjoy the smokey peatiness of JWs. Blue is subtle and smooth. Like a caramel that has been taken just far enough so it stops being over bearing but isn't burnt. However I do prefer Green to Blue unlucky that they stopped making Green.
1st June 2016
for a blended its really good no like the black which is not good. Smoke could be overbearing for some. I liked it. nice for the price.
12th May 2016
My go to whenever a celebration is warranted
12th April 2016
I must confess.... I am a single malt guy. (Macallan 18, Balvenie 17). I wanted to try JW. I purchased a bottle of each. Black, rare, platinum, and blue. Started with the black. Was straight bad. To the nose it was ok... on the palate .. not pleasant. That was the same for rare and platinum. The blue does have a smoother taste and I could see it being a good blend if it didn't have that super strong tobacco after taste. After reading reviews I could see why smoking cigars with this would make both products pop but for me the drink should be wonderful on its on two feet. Those 4 bottle will be shared with my friends. Cheers
15th March 2016
I have tasted many blended scotches and most are better than most single malt scotches. JW Blue takes it a step beyond and has a great selection in their blend. Smooth and easy on the palate with great flavors and never a harsh finish. Should be around $170-190 but retail is usually $200+. This site selling at this price makes it an awesome buy!
10th March 2016
Smooth with flavors of oak and smokiness and hints of sweetness in the background. It has a smooth medium finish with an interior warming feeling. The taste is superb and easily superior to other blended and many other single malt scotch (depending on your taste). Just an excellent taste and should be savored by any scotch aficionado. Should be in every scotch enthusiast's bar. Cheers!
One of my favorites. "Single malts" are overrated, as is age as a Scotch whisky criterion. Most are abrasive to the palate (not pallet) and way over peaty or smokey flavored. My brother has a third hand bottle of a single malt. The first two owners gave it away and, after one taste, I can see why. It was like taking a handful of campfire ashes and shoving it in your mouth. Nasty!What kind of person calls someone a "douche"?
Smooth and is one of my top ten.
5th March 2016
For me, Blue is simply exquisite. I always taste it with a splash of pure spring water. Just because it's a blend, it doesn't make it inferior. Certainly beats the hell out of most of the so-called connoiseurs single malts I've sampled, which are very mood dependant. For those reviewers who say it's overpriced, I would say it's a free market economy - it's priced to sell! And to my palate, it's as exciting as some whiskies at many times the price.The beauty of the Johnnie Walker stable is that there's a blend (and price) for every occasion. The mates round for football get Red; everyday social do's get Black / Double Black; Blue is for very special occasions and locked securely away on football days!
29th February 2016
This soft drink
19th February 2016
Because I paid a fortune for it, I firstly pretended it was superb. Then I had a reality check, mixed it with unbranded cola and began to enjoy it. Woke up on the sofa in the morning with the empty bottle on the floor.
11th February 2016
Excellent. But all about the hype. Smokey and a nice scotch.
5th February 2016
Too much money for a blended whiskey. It should be under $100.00
24th January 2016
It's smooth and is exceptional with good cigars. It will bring out the tastes in tobaccos like a wine does! Worth the money just don't drink it after a long night, needs to be the first drink of the night!!'
10th January 2016
A pretty damn good blend, but the flavor can't should the +200 USD price tag. I enjoyed a gift bottle with the family during the annual Christmas poker game, and it was good...but not great. Smooth, yes, but nothing that made it stand out from the rest of the JW family outside family in terms of taste...pralines and cream at the start and a sweet iced tea finish. I will admit I prefer a bit more of a bite in my scotch, even if I am drinking a blend, so I probably wouldn't reach for this even if it were in my price range.
This Scotch is perfect for any occasion, while some people prefer the double black label, personally I think this blend is far more versatile. Think it's to strong, add a drop of water in the shot. if not try straight up or with some ground pepper. Just make sure to let it last.
27th December 2015
I think I like the double black better. Not sure yet.
20th December 2015
There is nothing unpleasant about this whisky but it's average at best and way over priced. I have easily tasted 100 whiskies all priced under £100 that are way better
16th December 2015
Over the past 10 years I have been exploring whiskies, and what it came down to was the ability to explore and surprise. For myself, I am a great fan of Scotch. Be it isles, high, low, I find that 95 percent of the time you can always find something that you can love that would keep you coming back for more. Tonight I have had my third attempt at tasting the JW Blue Label. Nose is nice and leathery, pinch of smoke, and after some time, a sweetness that that makes me say honey-maple (most likely vanilla though). The pallet on the other hand reminds me of a Glenlivet 12, a one trick pony. Nothing really to explore, even with time and 2 drops of water, nothing. I am sad to say that if I am ever offered Blue again, I will refuse and enjoy something more adventurous. Oh, and for those you write that people rate it bad because of the price, you stating this isn't review. Instead offer your opinion or view so we could understand why you think it's good.
15th December 2015
I've had this several times, and to say that folks are rating it poorly because they can't afford it is insulting. It's just not that great. For the price you pay for it's brand, you'd get a much more flavourful and interesting whisky buying a single malt.I will admit, it's smooth, and consistent, but it just doesn't have any complexity to it. It's got very little character, and I just don't care for it, regardless of price.
14th December 2015
People who claim they don't like it, can't afford it...
11th December 2015
Anyone that gives this less than 5 stars, probably best you stick with Budweiser and Jack Daniels.
9th December 2015
The Black is better and a fraction of the price. The Islays and Talisker better and less expensive so are the higher Irish/ Redbreast and Jameson 12.If you want to spend north of $200.00, buy Mac Allan 18. It may not be "Scotch" but it's made there and beats the hell out of Courvoisier!
16th November 2015
One of the best blends you could ever get your hands on, and no you are not just paying for the fancy packaging the whisky itself is luxurious smooth, full of rich, complex flavours and pairs beautifully with cigars. The only reason Johnnie Blue cops so much hate is because most people can't afford it so they automatically assume that it's overpriced and overrated.
27th October 2015
Some whiskies tend to improve and reveal more tastes once some air is in the bottle.... I'm about a quarter way through a litre bottle and it already tastes different then when first opened. First few sips weren't amazing - very nice but not too complex, but now the whisky has really opened up revealing peach, subtle smoke, sweet stewed fruits, and a spicy floral quality. Works well with a touch of water. Yes, it's probably over-priced but it give it some time and a little breathing space and you'll find a blended whisky of supreme quality. Rather classy.
24th August 2015
Its good, not fantastic, overpriced and overrated to say the least.
8th August 2015
Was really looking forward to trying this as the distillery says it features some of the oldest whiskies within their stocks. The nose was promising, there is definitely some age in there. But the palate was not what I was expecting, it was not particularly complex and something a bit off about the the finish. It might go well with for Ray Donovan and Vince Vaughn on True Detective but we had a bottle of Glenfiddich 18 that was far superior in many aspects to the JW Blue Label. Perhaps this might taste better with a cigar. I've tried a number of different whiskies from Whyte and MacKay Special to 40 year old malts. I'd recommend Nikka from the Barrel for a more satisfying dram ahead of spending the better part of double on this bottle. Carpe Diem!
28th July 2015
like everything in life what someone loves another person hates . it's down to personal taste. As for me I love this whiskey. it is easy to drink , very smooth, and has a lovely finish. Treat your self
14th July 2015
Highland Park 12 has much more character.....JMO
9th July 2015
The japanese HIBIKI 17yr ($55) has more character.
3rd July 2015
I love it
27th June 2015
Got a bottle of this to finish my JW Collection. But what can I say? It's not good, It's not bad, it's easy to drink but pretty bland. My mates & I tried it along side the old 18 gold & 18 platinum which are both half the price & both beat it hands down. We all agreed it was similar to the 18 gold but the gold was sweeter & fruitier which made it more interesting. It might be better than black (not to sure on that) but we where more impressed by the black when we first moved up to that, from JB & JD. I think the best part of it is, the blue bottle, & that I could save that much money & do something that stupid with it for the first time in my life. Never again though. On taste alone, I might rate it 3 - 3.5 stars, but due to price vs quality I think 2 is more than fair. Good on JW for being able to sell something for 3x more than it should be though.
17th June 2015
I do understand that an age statement can limit blenders, and that age doesn't always equate to quality. But for a premium product -- the most esteemed whisky in the JW pantheon -- to not have an age statement? That's just baffling. I like this whisky just fine; I have a bottle at home, but seldom drink it. Not because it's expensive (and JW Blue isn't remotely rare -- it's stupendously common, in fact); I have nearly 40 bottles of whisky and plenty of them are pricey. It's just not THAT great, especially for the price. If scoring whiskies strictly on a price-quality ratio curve, this one might just be at the bottom of the heap. It's six times more (roughly) than a bottle of JW Black, which actually carries an age statement and is a terrific blended whisky. Is Blue six times better? Is it even twice as good? Not to me. So I find it a good whisky but nowhere near good enough to be commanding these exorbitant prices. As for the experience, I don't pick up the smoke that the MOM tasting notes mention, but otherwise, I agree with them. Hints of spice and smooth fruitiness, with a decent finish, though you'd expect more from a blended whisky that urban legends say is a minimum of 25 years old.
2nd June 2015
A friend of mine and I have went through 3 bottles of this in the past 4 weeks! The very first time I drank it, it did not immediately impress me, but then again I was 22 at the time. Now I have come to enjoy it a bit more, but as others have noted, it is pricey.But it is good :)-Ginutis
17th May 2015
Tried this recently. Is it good? Yes. Is it smooth? Yes. Is it worth the cost? HELL NO! You can tick all 3 boxes on their old 18yr Gold which is just as good in every way, except half the price. (If your lucky enough to still find a bottle) When it comes down to it, I may buy a bottle one day for my collection but I'd never spend that sort of money on a drink (that bad for the price) to actually drink. It's simply not that good.
30th April 2015
received a bottle for my birthday nice and smooth but a funny aftertaste almost like the smell of creosote oil,anyone else taste the same
1st April 2015
A non-age statement blend with a flavour that falls to pieces on contact with water, is readily available everywhere and priced at £129.73? I think this is a serious competitor for the world's most overpriced whisky. If you want something that's very easy on the palate you can do much better for a much lower price.
1st March 2015
I was lucky enough to have a few samples of JWBL earlier. It is extremely smooth...so much so that I found myself searching for the whisky. At this price point you really have to make a strong argument for JWBL because one could buy Ardbeg 10, Lagavulin 16 and a bottle of Laphroaig Quarter Cask if one is an Islayphile and be much, much more satisfied. As far as Blue goes though it is excellent and no you are not paying "just for the label". The 7 rating would be an 8.5 however this whiskey's price point puts it in direct competition with some seriously big name single malts.
13th February 2015
To the person below. Reviews are subjective but if no one offered an opinion how would we ever know if anything was any good. Negative reviews are there for a reason to provide an opinion. So here's my honest review.Blue Label is an excellent dram. But it is not the ultimate. There are many many good whiskys that often get overlooked because of better marketing by their competitors. This is a perfect example of that. But you gotta hand it to Johnnie Walker some of the most well known Whisky aficionados give this a good review every time. And yes when I've tasted it year on year it is consistently good. Its pricey yes but the quality is always good. Not brilliant not amazing just good. If you want all the fanciness and a good dram buy this its a good whisky. If not look elsewhere. But if you've never tried blue label. Look for a smaller bottle buy it and Sláinte. Its a wonderful experience.
12th February 2015
I don't know why but I always read reviews. it's not like I need them for the most part. most of the time I've made my mind up. if I like something like a scotch and I want it then I buy it. it's funny to read all these idiot comments. people are either broke and can't afford this scotch or they tried it and they didn't like it. if you're someone that tried it and didn't like it then that's too bad. does that mean everyone that tries it won't like it? nope. does that mean people shouldn't drink it? nope. it's like people think their reviews actually mean something. they don't. just like what I'm writing right now doesn't. regardless of who you are and what you bring in each year if you've had this scotch and liked it then buy it. if you're soneone on the fence thinking about buying it then go ahead. if you are doing research on a liquor then hopefully you're smart enough and have the money to afford it and make your own decisions. I love this scotch. I also like many others scotches. never will I ever go to a website and post negative comments about a whisky that I purchased and didn't like. that's just dumb. I will however spend 10 minutes writing a review about the idiots that feel the need to give a whisky a bad review on a website. either you like it or you don't. if you don't then keep it to yourself because no one is listening. we're all different people and like different things so don't be ignorant enough to think this scotch was made for every scotch drinker out there. I guess people have an opinion because of the price. surely you tried it before buying a bottle. if you didn't then that's just dumb. with love Johnny Talker.
7th February 2015
I dipped my $30 Arturo Anejo Reserva Viejo No.77 Cigar in this wonderful blend and simply enjoyed this great blend for New Year''s Eve. This bottle began my journey into the wonderful world of Whisky and cannot thank it enough for turning me to a world of sheer class.
6th February 2015
This blend is mediocre at best. No arguing that it is very smooth, but totally lacking in complexity and flavour. If you were to sell this at $40 no one would get too excited but stick a hefty price on it and all of a sudden all the douches are praising it's glory, saying look at me, I'm drinking JWB! Having tried well over a hundred different whiskeys over the years and not being prejudiced by price I can definitely say there are a many better scotches, Irish whiskeys, Canadian ryes and Bourbons than this out there! Keep trying and try not to be fooled into thinking a high price always means great stuff!
11th January 2015
Teally thought I was buying something spevial and have never been SO DISAPPOINTED in my life!! Don't know if I got a bad batch but it tastes and smells like rubber!! What a crock!! Do not buy!!
4th January 2015
It's great for a blend but that's it. Very smooth but ultimately boring. No burn, which some people will like but, for me, it's pretty insipid stuff. Classic Diageo mass-consumable dross.
Ridiculous how smooth this is. You'll drink more than you think you will! Have with alittle water... its pricey... but its brilliant.
2nd January 2015
Extraordinay blend!Great...Greatt Flavor, body and taste.J.Rodriguez REM,CEAConsultant
1st January 2015
For the price, pretty poor. Macleods, Lagavulin or any of the other good speyside or islay malts are preferable.
22nd December 2014
JWB is utterly delicious. Whether it's worth the price is completely subjective. However, those that drink only single malts are mistaken in thinking they are superior to this exquisite blend. This whiskey, paired with a fine cuban cigar, will encourage any man to reflect upon life, and his good fortune.
13th December 2014
This is no doubt one of the best whiskeys around , i work in a casino and we have loads of whiskeys but this is one of the most luxurious ones and very popular though ofcourse more pricey. The bottle and box seem very large! It looks special. This price is one of the cheapest for Blue Label i have seen going and my boyfriend will be very happy with this present!
8th December 2014
A lot of folks don't like scotch because of the burn and the harshness of the cheaper younger drams. This is a great way to show new folks how smooth a scotch can be to drink. The unfortunate part is that it's just not very interesting in terms of flavor profile.
24th November 2014
Tried blue label at a young age and searched the ends of the earth to find that nectar of the gods. Recently i was tasting various whiskeys with my friend and immediately remembered that flavour. This is the only drink i need.
30th October 2014
MOM review is bang on! I don't understand the negative reviews. If you have a palate and an understanding for good whisky then you will "get" this.
26th October 2014
Diageo's brands include Smirnoff (the world's best-selling vodka), Johnnie Walker (the world's best-selling blended Scotch whisky), Baileys (the world's best-selling liqueur), and Guinness (the world's best-selling stout). It also owns 34% of Moët Hennessy, which owns brands including Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Hennessy. When it comes to name, nothing makes a statement like a BL, the flagship of this company.
18th September 2014
Blue Label is in my opinion, designed for the person who does not regularly drink whisky (but is somewhat familiar with it) and wants that taste immediately without having to search for it. In a good 12-15 year old whisky, you need to give it time and have patience. BL gives you a diluted drop of that flavor the moment it hits your palette and then goes away. If you have the patience for it, you can find i decent 12-15 yr. for $42-85 and get the same if not better experience for far less money.
17th August 2014
I love this whisky, I make no secret of that fact, I love the nose, the flavour and the fact that there is no over-powering pure alcohol sensation to it.I like the way it is marketed, and yes I like the fact that it is a premium product.I genuinely think that a lot of the bad press this whisky gets is due to envy, basically "cant afford it, so criticise it"Its the same with watches. Cant afford a Rolex "they are overrated" is the response.A great drink worth every penny.
24th July 2014
If there ever was a fraud in scotch, this has got to be it. I've had several bottles of this, and while it tastes decent, it is def not worth the price. Get some McCallan Cask strength, at less than half the price,if you want to taste excellent scotch. This is a marketing gyp
6th July 2014
I have made some poor decisions in my day but never blown $300 on a bottle of whisky that was this poor. Maybe a finger above my glenfiddich 12 yo. Save your money for another brand, this is junk.
1st July 2014
nathing in this world as a jw blue
3rd June 2014
The ultimate in smooth and the lack of complexity compared to single malts is why I believe JW Blue is "only" overrated or overpriced based on the alternatives available at the moment of purchase. It is my opinion the taste of Blue is undeniably deserving of praise and can only be negatively criticized by comparison to what is available at the JW Blue price (here's where personal preferences take place). Otherwise, I get the sense the negative reviews I'm reading here are similar to the Kentucky snobbery I live through daily when the topic of Bourbon and Whiskey arises. Snobbery….here in Kentucky....really?
25th May 2014
Everyone has their own taste I guess, but I could not help but raise a smile when one of the reviewers tried to suggest that this superior blend was "a dram of piss!" I laughed out loud when another said that "Green is just as good!" I lost control totally when someone else remarked that "Bells was better!"
I have a bottle of JW green and a bottle of blue. The green is a bit pricey for Johnnie Walker but kinda worth it, the blue is not. Stick it all over a formula one car and it will sell.
14th May 2014
If you need a convertible and expensive suits to get laid, this is for you.
3rd May 2014
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? lolHope 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
Too expensivePrice should be same range as COGNAC XORemey, Hennesy , courvoisier Whiskey's are. From Corn, Malt , etcCognac 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