“Pour some Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal into your tasting glass and give it a swirl to release the aromas. Now take a sip of iced water to prepare your palate. This adds moisture, and lowers the temperature, which adds to the sensory experience.
“You’ll find an immediate orchard freshness on the nose with apples and apricots complemented by an almond nuttiness. Bearing in mind the age of some of the whiskies, there are also some unexpected light wood notes.
“Next, take a sip and enjoy this incredibly smooth and indulgent whisky. Dark chocolate begins to come through, more layers of nuttiness, while creamy butterscotch and toffee notes from the grain whiskies start to develop. There are still lots of fresh tarte tatin flavours and apricot, as well as dried fruit. Prepare for a long, lingering finish with vanilla and a light, characteristic Johnnie Walker Blue Label smoke coming through.
“Now we move on to Johnnie Walker Blue Label. As before, swirl your tasting glass to release the aromas. You’ll find it mellow but fragrant on the nose, with a touch of raisin sweetness. Desiccated coconut follows then other nutty notes; unsalted peanut, brazil nut. Prepare your palate with a sip of iced water.
“The whisky will feel velvety and smooth, before an explosion of flavour gives you hazelnut, honey, rose petals, and the distinctive smokiness of Johnnie Walker. Dark chocolate follows, with hints of grass and a nice malty hit. The finish is long and slow to fade. Honey and dark chocolate begin to retreat as the mouth-watering grain comes through. Finally, it’s floral and oaky with a burst of Highland style smoke.”