The Johnnie Walker Platinum Label; a wonderfully balanced and ultra smooth blend with the characteristics of a Speyside whisky.
The Johnnie Walker Platinum Label is an 18-year-old blended Scotch whisky and the next step down from the coveted Blue Label. Initially, the Gold Label was the company's previous 18-year-old blend, but that was discontinued in 2013 and replaced by the no age statement Gold Label Reserve. So, why would Diageo discontinue the previous 18-year-old only to reintroduce it a few years later under a new label? Well, firstly, to take advantage of the consumer's curiosity and love of the new. Secondly, Diageo wanted to rethink the whole blend. Make no mistake about it, the Platinum Label is not a repackaged and rebranded Gold Label, it's a totally new blend.
The nose is really rich and full, it definitely has a Speyside character to it. You'll get vanilla, sweetness, sweet citrus fruits, caramel, chocolate, mint and some smoke.
On the palate this blend is oily, super smooth and masterfully balanced. Dried fruit, oak, sherry, blood oranges, sweetness, oil, vanilla and a subtle smokiness. The finish is medium length with fruits and a slightly smokey and salty ending.
The smoothness of this whisky makes it almost dangerous; it's almost too easy to drink. Yes, it's an expensive bottle but Johnnie Walker has done a great job with it, and we feel it is worth its price.