Friday, September 30, 2011

Malt Mission 2011 #400

Johnnie Walker 15yo, Kilmarnock 400
Blended Scotch Whisky
43% abv

Labelled as "Old Scotch Whisky" with a 15yo age statement, this extremely rare drop from the house that Johnnie built is perfectly suited to mark this whisky blog's landmark tasting #400. This whole journey began with Johnnie Walker Black Label over four years ago, alone at a desk/dining table in a cozy flat in North London.

Today the journey continues in ways I would never have imagined. I am back in London, but living in the opposite corner. I have two wee girls, who think nothing of daddy sticking his nose weird shaped glasses. I am one of the lucky few who gets to do work with something I love, with people I am passionate about, I get to say that what I do is who I am, and I am am very grateful to many, many people. I have never stopped being thankful, and a few lists can be found in the annals of this whisky blog. HERE and HERE are just two examples. The list has grown a great deal since then, and continues to grow. THANK YOU!

This bottling has a gold label, but is just 15 years old as opposed to the standard current gold release which is 18 years old. The Johnnie Walker hierarchy goes Red, Black, Green (malt), Gold, Blue, George V, The John Walker, Life, The Universe, and Everything.

For all Johnnie Walker enjoyed on the malt mission, click HERE.


Lures you in deep, sweet tobacco, stewed apples and honey, with a delicate floral prefumerie blowing across the surface.

On the palate the liquid skirts across the tongue, communicating quaffability with rich flavours of more tobacco, mellow and sweet smoke, vanilla wafers, plums, marmalade, and a touch of cardboardy woodiness to close.


Rare juice, but demands persistent sipping and refilling, and sipping again. Very much in the Walker house style, with an added spray of lavender perfume to distinguish it from some of its housemates. Big thanks to DM for sharing.

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Tim F said...

Congratulations on everything mate. Still the best out there. Looking forward to meeting your new arrival :)

Matthew said...

Sounds very nice - the tobacco notes are appealing. More importantly, congratulations on reaching 400! You are a fine specimen of a man, Doctor.

Goldie said...

Just when I thought you were dead, you pull out an oddity of a whisky to mark a monumental achievement. Happy 400, doc!

Alexander said...

Gratz Doc. :-)
Would like to taste it sometime, the tobacco notes sounds very promising.

Jed said...

Nice work Doc, magnificent achievement. It's been a pleasure following along...hoping to one day meet those wee ones too. Till then be well my friend.


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