By Matt Goldstein
Every once in a while, for a special occasion, it’s nice to break out the good stuff. This weekend just happened to be one of those occasions. As a groomsman in our dear friends’ Jimmy and Shana’s wedding, I thought it was a good idea to pick something nice for the guys for a little pre-wedding get together. We were considering both Jameson 18 year and Johnnie Walker Gold Label. Since my man Jimmy has been more of scotch man lately, the Gold Label was our choice. This was the perfect choice! Johnnie Walker 18 Year Gold Label Blended Scotch Whisky is an absolute masterpiece. There is no question about it. The bottle was basically gone less than an hour after we opened it, but it was worth every dollar. Special occasions demand special whiskies. Everybody seemed to want more and more, even the ladies. There is no need to put this whisky on ice; the Gold Label is more than perfect when served neat.
Johnnie Walker Gold Label is a rich blend of rare whiskies each aged for a minimum of 18 years. Buried in the Kildonan Hills in the Northern Highlands, the Clynelish Distillery draws its water from a unique source. Gold Deposits are released into the water from the local granite rock, hence, Johnnie Walker Gold Label.
The Johnnie Walker 18 Year Gold Label Tasting Notes:
Lightly smoky, grainy, thin but complex. Exceptionally smooth. Slightly sweet, with hints of malt, grain and oak. WE LOVE THIS WHISKEY!
Johnnie Walker Gold Label was blended to celebrate the first 100 years of the House of Walker in 1920. A well-kept secret, it’s only been available outside the company since the 1990s. It has a distinctly smooth, sweet and luxurious character, with a stylish elegance and refined quality. Gold Label is crafted using whiskies such as Clynelish for a honeyed flavor and creamy teure yet still retaining the signature Johnnie Walker smokiness.
With its rich gold color and old-gold glints, it reveals a full, round, deep nose. There are notes of soft raisins and toffee, fresh malt and light cream – Gold Label is as enticing as it is sensuous. Its palate is rich and broad with full malt flavors and honeyed spices with almonds and marzipan, which leads to a distinctive creaminess.
Cardhu provides strong yet smooth malt and oak flavors. Extra-mature grain whiskies deliver some of the lingering sweetness, while Clynelish™ from the northern Highlands is responsible for the unusual aromatic creaminess. The finish is multidimensional and satisfyingly long.