Johnnie Walker Blue Label
I've wanted to try this for a long time. I've looked at it on dozens of menus. I've contemplated the right occasion to buy one ounce of whisky for $30+. Last weekend when I was surrounded by my beautiful friends in an exquisite restaurant, enjoying an extravagant meal, I pulled the trigger. This whisky rose to the occasion and beat it twice over.
Nose: first thing I noticed was sweet notes of honey and vanilla - this surprised me because I was expecting some of that signature JW Black Label smoke to side up with the Blue. Instead, there were light floral notes and fresh red berries. The smell was smooth and rounded. I expected to like... Mouth: there's the peat! It was so subtle but absolutely made an appearance. Smooth at the beginning and opened up in the mouth. There was all the nice qualities that belong to a good whisky. Balance of sweet and smokey. Very refined.
Lasting impressions - loved it. Could drink this indefinitely. For price, I still feel the Black Label is a bit better value (cheaper for such an enjoyable dram), but I will one day aquire this drink for my cabinet.
Educational note: Johnnie Walker Blue Label is created using a selection of rare casks from the Speyside and Highland distilleries – including delicate Cardhu, Clynelish and Benrinnes.