Johnnie Walker - Blue Label Ghost and Rare Series - Brora & Rare

70cl / 700ml / 46%
Product Details
Region / Type
Distillery
Johnnie Walker
Series / Description
Blue Label Ghost and Rare Series - Brora & Rare
Year Bottled
2017
Alcohol ABV
46%
Cask Wood Type
Bourbon & Sherry Oak
Packaging
Special Packaging
Bottler
Distillery
Country of Origin
Scotland
Stopper
Cork
Bottle Type
Square
Bottle Size
70cl / 700ml
Neck Level
Full Level
HTFW Cat. No.
LP8586
£219.95

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Product Description

Crafted by Johnnie Walker Master Distiller, Jim Beveridge, Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare is a rich, velvety smooth blend of eight treasured Scotch whiskies, including three "ghost" whiskies from the silent distilleries of Cambus, Pittyvaich and the Highland Single Malt, Brora, which lies at the heart of this special release bringing a light peatiness and sophisticated subtle sweetness.

Each bottle is individually numbered.

92 points on scotchwhisky.com

Nose: Gentle, complex and almost understated. Softly fruity, with a waxy maturity, yet subtle, layered and enigmatic, it seems to flit between the fruit, a kind of silky creaminess, some smoke – even a mineral note – soft citrus, old cedar wood, dried raspberry leaf and agave syrup. Totally relaxed, and comfortable in its skin but, unlike the Bowmore, this is somehow veiled, hard to pin down and, as a result, there’s an intrigue to its development. Initially it seems fresh and sweet, but then you notice the evidence of maturity. There’s a patina to it, the aromas less driven by oak and more by air and time. Fresh white fruits, with a blast of cold spring air, birch sap and banana skin and, in time, fragrant smoke, light camphor, then tangerine marmalade. You keep coming back for more. Each time it shifts further away.

Palate :Thick and mouth-clinging, it’s like drinking silk. There’s some jellied fruits then, just as they seem to be rising to take the upper hand, in come the marine notes. Subtle, layered and with finesse. A little water pushes things in the middle and back palate without losing any of the textural qualities. If anything, it amplifies them, making you realise that this is as much about feel as flavour. In the same way as the nose never quite reveals itself fully, you get the blandness of poached pear, heathery smoke, and then a sweet spot in the middle where fruits and syrups rest. A slight acidity gives a Bellini-like sparkle before it shifts again and the beeswax returns, clinging and unctuous with this floral, Viognier-like quality.

Finish:Long and – dare I say – haunting. Conclusion This is about movement and time, flashes like memories rising then receding as others take their place. You can only get this effect by blending. In fact, it is what blending is about, and this is a masterpiece of that art.