Whisky Review: John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2015 Edition “Rare Fruit Character”

 

Style: Fruity and Complex

Nose:

Starts with a delightful malty nose. Plucked a splendid chord of rose petals, dried barley, simmered red dates with a tad of sourness, giving off a very all-rounded aroma. Light spices supports the structure in a non-invasive manner. A very entertaining nose.

Palate:

A fascinating blend of dry and fresh fruity notes. Dried figs, dates and orange peels mixes with vibrant and refreshing lychees, coconut and mint grassy notes. A busy palate as vanilla, oak, liquorice, chocolate and honey shooting in at different times and join the party. Tamed spice react at the very last moment to give a handsome buzz.

Finish:

Mix of complex fruitiness and malty notes at the finish. Hints of milk chocolate swing by and the remaining flavour coated around my tongue and leave a savoury sweetness, impressive ending to it.

Thoughts:

Gorgeous fruity dram with nuanced complexity, the fascinating part is the immediate mix of dry and fresh fruity notes. I didn’t do any biochemistry in uni, and sometimes it really makes me think how did they do it… The flavours have been consistently laid around the rich fruitiness and that makes a very purposeful profile here. This reminds me of the ongoing discussion of blend versus single malt at different levels, some might think blended whiskies represent inferior quality as flavours are scattered all over the places, but this whisky proves the contrary and demonstrated how a blended whisky can possess a big character with exceeding qualities.

☆ [Recommended]

[46.8% • 2015 • Blended Scotch Whisky • Non Chill Filtered • Limited Edition • 8888 Bottles]

-Esmond