Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Brora

Peated Blend — Scotland

4.25 out of 5 stars
It’s been a good deal of time since I actually sat and tasted. Holidays, sickness (head cold), and social obligations all out things on hold for a while. So, this is a perfect pour to start the New Year from a tasting perspective. Truly a rare treat that I will not delay to taste. It only begins to come alive after at least ten minutes. Prior to, it flat and unexpressive. As it awakens, tropical aromas of pineapples and toasted coconut. Orchard fruits develop into the mix; over-ripened, pealed apples and pears with dashes of vanilla, caramel, confectionery sugar and cinnamon. A bit of honey and lemoned tea forges through after significant time. These aromas slowly build and crescendo and the collective creates a full symphony of notes. Sweet arrival, but not overly so, in a soft, velvety textured, medium weighted body. Oak spices, tropical sweetness with hazelnuts and chocolate (think Nutella). Sweet tea, honey, lemon, The palate is left with with the sweet tea with touch of wood spice and some oak tannins, bittersweet chocolate and ginger. Which lasts a medium length of time. As I kept joyfully working through all parts of this pour, balance kept spring to minds. The volume of aromas, balanced. The flavors on the palate, though not as vast as the nose (or I just could not acutely define them and missed out), was balanced. The finish is where I selfishly wanted more and is where the weakness of the dram lies. A bit of water improves the dram and is recommended. Quite enjoyable, easy to take in. This whisky has a gravity about it that can slow time. A million thanks to @PBMichiganWolverine for graciously sharing. [92/100][Tasted: 1/25/20]
  • Scott_E

    @PBMichiganWolverine One of the best I have had in quite some time. Not sure I could afford a bottle. Definitely better than the standard Blue. Thanks again. A rare opportunity afforded to me courtesy of you (as always).

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    Glad you enjoyed. This was head and shoulders above the standard Blue and better than their Ghost & Rare Port Ellen.