John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2014 Edition blended Scotch whisky

alc./vol:
46.8%

Proof:
93.6°

Vintage:
Non-vintage

Aged:
No age statement

Closure: Natural cork stopper

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom


The first in a series of Private Collection Editions with releases planned annually 2020, this ‘2014 Edition’ is blended from 29 casks, chosen by Master Blender, Jim Beveridge “to expresses the smoky flavour characteristics of Scotland’s Highland, Island and Islay whisky regions”. Read more

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 29/05/2014

Appearance

Clear, deep golden amber.

Aroma

Tightly integrated aromatic smoke, leather, salt, dried fruit, nuts, vanilla and varnished cedar wood. Water amplifies fruit and releases earthy coal dust and waxy notes.

Taste

Wonderfully balanced with smoky notes very evident but served with supporting nuts and berry fruit. It’s smoky yet so tightly integrated that the smoke is just one of its many dimensions. Water teases out more spice, honey and buttery vanilla.

Aftertaste

Old wardrobe oak, spice, mild smoke and faint salt in a long, incredibly elegant finish. I have been lucky enough to try the three component parts from which this very special whisky was blended. The Highland and grain vattings would be 5+/5 in their own right, with the grain obviously contributing sweet honeyed notes to the blend. I was slightly disappointed by the oaky Highland Calculus but having tasted all three and Jim Beveridge’s final blend alongside each other I can testify that the result is better than a sum of its parts.

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