Snoof says on February 15, 2023
Walks all by itself...
Much like my original view of Johnnie Walker in general, this version of the famous whisky wasn’t something I was chasing at any stage, but like Johnnie Walker, in general, I’m a converted fan, with Black Label, Gold Label and Green Label among my favourites, and this White Walker isn’t the worst either… On the nose there is the signature smoke, hint of spices to come, and some fruit that could be green fizzy apple meets green slightly watery grape. Barley is here, as is a little malt and then the ubiquitous vanilla and caramel, yet balanced with the other flavours and gently done.
Creamy, with a kick of spice and some vanilla and caramel continuing. There’s not quite as much as the nose promised, but what there is works nicely against the nose, albeit squeezing the whisky blend into a smaller space flavour-wise. Definitely cinnamon in terms of how the spice works out, but maybe some nuttiness right at the end.
Like all Johnnie Walkers I’ve tried, the finish extends quite a bit, with the spice maintained lightly and the nuttiness playing on the palate in the form of brazil or hazelnut for me. The cinnamon that came to the party late on the taste carries on into the finish, dissolving into the spice and echoing the nose with some hints of fruitiness and the barley returning, a little mutedly. This is a slight departure from the Clynelish and Cardhu references, despite appearing (I’ve read) to draw from them, in that the flavours are less traditional Johnnie Walker, yet this whisky works, and scores well overall.