Dram Review: Johnnie Walker Blender’s Batch Espresso Roast Exp#9

[43.2%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Johnnie Walker Bottling・Limited Release]


Muscovado syrup with a hue of Speysider grassy top note. The oomph of toasted coffee bean is understated with a vague seaweed-y peat note sipping out. The wee grain grittiness wears thin and it draws a soft gingery kick.

Palate & Finish:

Can pineapples with the charred oak note ingrained, the youthful Islay component provides a wee iodine note. This is followed by a wholesome blend of nutmeg, dark chocolate and earthy coffee ground, Sunday morning perhaps? Traces of peat and toasted nuts in the background as well.

Distant bushfire in the finish with a faint ashiness, brushed with chocolate sundae sauce.


A rather inspiring profile with the complexity led by the deep roasted barley but I wish this could be more robust.

If they could bring out a higher strength version whilst keeping that balance, it’d probably be one of the most revolutionary releases Johnnie has brought out in a while.