Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Brora
Johnnie Walker // Scotland
This bottling released from Diageo marks the first in the series Ghost and Rare. Each of these releases will highlight "one incredible whisky at its heart", which for this bottling is Brora. Created by Master Blender Dr. Jim Beveridge, this blend includes malt and grain whiskies from eight distilleries, three of which are "ghost" or closed. In addition to the aforementioned Brora, the other two closed distilleries included are Pittyvaich and Cambus. The other five distilleries are Clynelish, Royal Lochnagar, Glenkinchie, Glenlossie, and Cameronbridge. Bottled at 46% ABV.
Peated BlendA mix of grains and malted barley. From more than one distillery. Dried with peat.
"Let this breathe just a moment before nosing and tasting. Once you're in full drinking mode, aromas of menthol, wool, and tobacco appear along with caramel and lemon zest. The volume is turned way down, however, to maybe a three out of ten on the dial. Average weight on the palate with a little bite thanks to the 92 proof bottling. Gentle peat smoke with its herbal attributes are most evident on the finish. Take your time with this one to really experience the whisky to its fullest."