Johnnie Blue & Chivas 18
| 10 Dec 2009 |
Johnnie Walker Blue Label:
The nose shows oak and peat at first, then notes of dried fruits, orange and peppermint.
It's complex and rather nice but a little too oaky. The palate is at first mild and subtle with
notes of dried fruits and gingerbread but develops quite a bit of oak (again, too much).
Oaky yet nice finish. Promising start but ultimately disappointing.
Chivas Regal 18 y.o.:
The nose is oaky and a little earthy, but there are also very nice notes of citrus and vanilla.
Rich palate with notes of spices (ginger, cloves) and dried fruits (raisins, prunes).
It's also fairly oaky (but not excessively so).
The comparison of these two Scotches was a closer match than I thought. I have fond
memories of the Blue Label so I expected it to win this duel. However, even though I
rather liked its peaty note I found the Blue Label excessively oaky. In the end
I actually preferred the Chivas (which costs less than half as much as the Blue Label).
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