Dram Review: Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years

[40.0%・18 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Johnnie Walker Bottling・General Release]


The nose is on the approachable side, ripe fruits, marmalade with pear sweets and a light splash of grain spirit spices.  Just underneath lays a hint apple cider vinegar with the light creaminess and sandalwood interwinding together.  In the background, there’re traces of mineral water laced with a vague smoke.  The level of intensity maintains on the same level through out as the burnt toast reveals itself over time as does a matchstick box.

Palate & Finish:

Early entries from the raisins and sultana, it’s quite a sweet delivery defined by its fruity quality.  Notes of cream sherry in play here giving the dram a bit of texture.  Brown sugar and milk chocolate with a bit of sugar coated almond nibs on the backend.

Medium finish with a hint of cinnamon bite whilst being mildly gingery.  Apple crumble, minerals and chocolate dust sipping out.


The new 18 is a pleasant drop with an easy-to-get profile. The minerals don’t really bother me although I do find the presence quite curious.

I can’t remember if it is too different from the now discontinued Gold Label Reserve or Platinum Label, however as a solid release the 18 is well suited as an everyday whisky and as a festive dram for all the thirsty distant relatives after a feast.

Thank you Johnnie Walker, Diageo Australia, Sweet&Chilli and Leo Burnett Sydney for the bottle.  It is much appreciated.