Well you’re in for a treat today dear readers, this review actually had most of the full crew at hand, but then again considering our quest to try every single type of the walker line appears to have required our presence we stepped up yet again.
Unfortunately it’s with a heavy heart we try the new Platinum Johnnie Walker as we’ve been told it is meant to replace Gold, of which we very much enjoyed, and of the two – we certainly prefer it. Well as it’s a scotch let’s save some reading by letting them write a novel for you.
What they say: “Johnnie Walker Platinum Label is a blended scotch whisky that epitomises the true full-flavoured Johnnie Walker Traditional style. It is a rich and sophisticated blend perfectly crafted for exclusive and treasured moments in life
-Jim Beveridge Master Blender -Johnnie Walker
The Private Blend
From the earliest days of their business the walker family and subsequent generations of master blenders have crafted exclusive scotch whiskies for the directors of their company and for private gatherings-treasured whiskies that have only ever been shared with a select few, at special occasions.
Inspired by this tradition, Johnnie walker platinum label is a supremely rich and full flavoured 18 year old scotch whisky, crafted for those truly special moments.
Johnnie Walker platinum label is drawn from a limited number of casks carefully chosen and retained throughout their maturation because of their exceptional character. It is an intense, smooth and subtly smoky blend, crafted from single malt and grain whiskies, each matured to perfection for a minimum of 18 years.
Taste: 6.33 – Very light, certainly a bit fruity, but overall very short and mellow.
Aftertaste: 6.17 – Here too it mellows, but it’s got a bit more taste going on.
Burn/Smooth: 8 – Here’s where it really shines with the blend, giving you a nice smoothness, sadly though while it goes down like glass it doesn’t give you an warmth or linger for a long time.
Aroma: 5.67 – It’s good, but for a blended scotch where the minimum is 18years old, you’d expected more.
Honesty: 8.17 – It carries a lot of weight with it’s pedigree, while it drags on a little in literature it’s not making any false claims, and more importantly the bottle which still has that JW style seems cut very prettily, and is something you don’t even want to drink, but just want to have in your bar.
On the Rocks: 7.5 – Here it fills out a bit more, and you get a bit more of the smokiness and tastes that we’re hiding.
Value: 4.33 – It’s certainly not bad value, but it’s not average, nor is it a steal. At that price we’d much prefer Gold (which we’re told Platinum is sort of ‘replacing’), or for that matter Chivas 18
Google Shop Average: $100
William Henri Neve the IV: 5.5
Metric Score: 46.19/70 |+| Metric Average: 6.6 |+| Reviewer Average: 5.83
It’s certainly something to get once, and try, but among it’s own family it’s not a favorite. While the push button top and cut of the glass may keep the bottle in Justice’s bar for some time, that’s not necessarily praise.