So I recently tried a new whisky from the Johnnie Walker portfolio – the Blenders’ Batch Triple Grain American Oak and thought I’d share my thoughts about it.
Basics, first. It is a blend of 3 Grain Whiskies- Wheat, Barley, and Corn- and 2 Malts – from Cardhu and Mortlach. Aged for 10 years in American Oak Casks. It has a strong bitter, grainy nose and flavour – so I suggest to let it sit and breathe so the grainy nose settles down and the sweetness and honey start to show itself. It has a beautiful caramel, light- honey colour.
Now, getting into the finer details.
On The Nose: It has NO peat note to it you can smell the grain, with notes of wood and grass. Definitely a lot of spice, and a creamy flavour and texture to it, mixed with the spice that lingers.
In my mouth: I liked the long spicy start. Followed by a little sweetness, of some citrus fruits, like lemon and maybe a little bit of orange. It’s more on the sour side but there is still a sweetness to it.
But what I like the most is that it doesn’t have a peaty taste, which coming from the Johnnie Walker portfolio is very surprising given they have all smokey flavours. It has a good complexity – light sweetness, citrus, spice, good creamy texture and the finish is not too short. Tastes like Johnnie Black without the smoke.
Coming to the price: I’d say an absolute steal! Johnnie Walker is aiming to target the first time scotch drinkers and it’s a fabulous price for a 10 year age table. They are trying to compete with American and Irish whiskeys out and of course It’s created for the American market, because they hate smokey whiskeys.
Let me know what you guys thought about it