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This whisky is an ode to Man, by Man. This is a construction.
It’s not the nectar that the gods of whisky gave to men by some happy combination of clear water, magnificent barley or some other specificities that gave whisky its personality and sense of a place.
No…oh, no. This is the work of Man, creating the drink the Man wanted, getting it as close as possible to His dreams.
Its appearance, body and feeling are wanted, created.
Now, I know that the purists like to get lost into the mist of a non chill filtered, no color added whisky, the slow descending tears of a cask strength, to travel and explore places with their senses.
But Johnnie Walker Double Black is not a whisky intended to do that. It is made to be your everyday go to whisky, from price point to ABV. It is a whisky made to interpret what people THINK what whisky should be, and not let people interpret the whisky, offering them on a plate an easy translation of their thoughts into reality.
And this is the key I chose for this whisky.
It is a whisky that I will always have in my home, it is a whisky I will always have when trying to unwind without giving it too much thought or attention. I will just enjoy it.
PS: Don’t add water. It will significantly subdue its aromas.
PS 2: due to its made up fabric it is consistent from the first to the last dram of the bottle, bottle to bottle.
Appearance: color – amber, clarity – very clear, viscosity – nice legs on the glass but rather thin, wine-like. Body: well rounded, balanced.
Light, sweet, medicinal, smoky, a hint of sherry, brine
Sweet, woody, creamy
Enough length, hint of smokiness and maltiness