Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Peated Blend — Scotland

Tasted March 16, 2021
3.75 out of 5 stars
I know everyone likes to hate on this cause of the cost. Ive done it myself before trying. I agree its grossly overpriced. Lets just admit though this is a fantastically delicious blended scotch. Rich, amazingly smooth and easy to consume alongside status and recognition. This is the M.O. for JW, It is not intended for the hardcore connoisseur and that is absolutely okay. Scotch lovers pound on this for what its not and the price but they(JW) have succeeded in their mission. Nobody is forcing you to buy this so lighten up. The target market is thrilled with purchasing this so good for them. They don't and probably never will realize what superior single malts they could purchase at price point. No worries keep the costs down all is good.......89/100 (93/4.25 no cost reduction)........sorry cant go A rating due to value but lets be real this IS very very good scotch. Wonderfully balanced with soft malt and fruit with a perfect amount of smoke. This is Commodores Sunday morning and I cant imagine anyone turning down a pour. It should probably be in the $120 range and would sell like hotcakes. Put it this way you wont buy but if gifted you'd drink the shit out of it and love it. You've heard of trophy wives this is a trophy scotch.......Im a sucker for the hot blonde so I really like this
220.0 USD per Bottle
  • BeppeCovfefe
    April 3, 2021

    Oh you aren't wrong, as an "occasional" Scotch drinker I can't think of one that better defines the words "entirely drinkable". Blonde trophy wife in black leather indeed.

  • Ctrexman
    March 17, 2021

    Finished off my 200ml bottle and the last 2 pours were great. Im sad to see it go but still wont be buying a bottle

  • BeppeCovfefe
    March 17, 2021

    I get your point but I think it's priced as a commodity, you nearly always see some on the shelf because the price makes sure it doesn't just get bought up. Outside of the Green Label which has little to do with Johnnie Walker, the Blue Label and it's now many variants, (Ghost and Rare, King George, etc) are the only Johnnie that ever even piques my interest. ".. don't give Johnnie Walker a ride... cuz Jack Black is sitten right by your side"

  • CKarmios
    March 17, 2021

    Spot on! Show me one malt head that would turn it down if gifted it. For me, the Blue’s appearance and pricing has contributed so much to the mythos of whisky amongst consumers; market awareness and sales of both blends and single malts have benefited from this one’s presence.

  • cascode
    March 16, 2021

    @Ctrexman Good assessment. I have a fondness for JW Blue and as you say the only truly off-putting thing is the cost. It carries a lot of baggage along with its reputation for being THE prestige gift whisky for the non-whisky enthusiast audience, but if you take a step back and assess it purely on its merits it’s hard not to rate it highly. If I had silly amounts of ready cash and could afford to buy whatever I wanted I’d probably stock this as my everyday mixing scotch, but back in the real world the money goes on a nice CS limited-edition single malt every time.