A few weeks ago we posted tasting notes on Johnnie Walker’s latest Blue Label release: The Ghost & Rare Port Ellen, this time we’ve got something a little extra special. As a brand Johnnie Walker is a household name, regardless of whether you are a whisky drinker or not, many would have heard of the name. Some perhaps know the name and still have no idea what they do, they are that big. And yet, there is this limited edition from Johnnie Walker that will not only intrigue collectors but also the casual whisky drinker. The Midnight Blend: The fifth and final instalment in the John Walker & Sons Private Collection, the Midnight Blend is a rich and indulgent whisky created to be the ultimate after-dinner drink. Master blender Jim Beveridge dug through some of the oldest casks that the Johnnie Walker team has access to, coming up with a recipe using whiskies at least 28 years old. A triumphant swansong for the range.
On the nose: is an intriguing note of what I can only describe as old books, closely followed by sherry and vanilla. These initial notes are followed by notes of leather, cracked black pepper, spices, cinnamon and raspberries. Notes of dark chocolate start to appear followed by a warming note of oat biscuits. Completing the palate are notes of caramel, lavender and roasted bitter coffee beans. On the palate: those leathery old book and sherry notes are apparent, followed by those notes of vanilla, raspberries and even notes of marzipan. Notes of a peaty nature start to emerge, alongside those spicy notes of cinnamon and black pepper. The palate is nicely rounded-off by notes of a musky nature, oats and a dark chocolate. The finish: long, bittersweet, with lingering notes of sherry, peat and chocolate.
The verdict: This fifth and final limited edition from the Johnnie Walker Private Collection is a drop of liquid gold that needs to be savoured with every sip. The palate on this dram is is so rich with plenty of depth in flavour. It has a wonderful balance and is perhaps the best Blended Scotch Malt I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. With an ABV of 42.8%, in my opinion, you don’t really need to add any water. However, if you require water then add in small quantities until it’s right for you but to truly experience the full riches of the notes, then I suggest you leave to breathe for approximately 3 – 5 minutes.
Johnnie Walker Private Collection Midnight Blend Blended Scotch Whisky is limited to 3,888 bottles worldwide and can be found in-store or online at any good whisky shop for approximately £585
For more information on this Private Collection Midnight Blend, visit the official Johnnie Walker website.