Heresy! I'm an apostate! By that I mean I bought my first bottle of blended scotch in at least 30 years today... this:
That's a bottle of Johnnie Walker Gold... a blend of 18-year-old single malts (no grain spirits added... it's ALL single malts). I saw this on the shelf of the Class VI store yesterday but wasn't prepared to pay the considerable freight on this blend (a blend, fer gawd's sakes!) until I got home and did some basic research, which is to say: read some reviews. I read, I was impressed, I made the return trip to Cannon today and picked up a bottle. I'm glad I did... let's quote one review:
So, the question that arises: Is Gold Label that good? And the answer is . . . yes, it is. Very good indeed.The reviewer waxes eloquent about the nose of this scotch and I'm with him there... the nose is magnificent. But really: it's all about the taste, innit? And the taste is superb; slightly sweet, peaty, and smooooth. Exceptionally smooth. I like this scotch a LOT.