I might surprise a few of you with this one. As much as we talk about Bourbon Whiskey, Singe Malt Scotch Whisky, Japanese Whiskey and even Canadian Whisky, we often look at Blended Scotch Whisky as the less desirable of the world of whiskies. I think I might change a few minds with this guys… Please enjoy your Christmas Eve pours from the 2021 Spirited Holiday Countdown Calendar.

White Cape Edition – Johnnie Walker Bicentenary Blend 28-Year-Old Scotch Whisky

When we were selecting bottles for the 2021 Spirited Holiday Countdown Calendar, I knew I wanted to do something extra special for the Christmas Eve pour. But, at the same time, offer a little bit of perspective into what I often refer to as the “who, what, when and where” of whiskey making that is so important to consider while enjoying a dram.

From the Johnnie Walker Website: It is a celebration of where it all began back in 1820, taking you on a sensorial journey through the fragrant aisles of John Walker’s original grocery store. Rare and exceptional whiskies, including ghost stocks from the long-closed distilleries of Pittyviach, Cambus and Port Ellen, have been explored to craft a whisky that reimagines the exotic flavours of the 1820s. All the whiskies in this limited edition have been aged for at least 28 years.

  • Glass: Glencairn
  • Temperature: Room
  • Other Prep: None
  • JJ’s VIP Price: $1,199.99/bottle
  • Available: None

Tom’s Tasting Note: As indicated from the snippet of information I provided above from the Johnnie Walker website, this whisky exemplifies what we teach folks everyday about what makes whisky important, from a historical perspective. “The Who” – John Walker & Sons were grocers in the 1820s who blended barrels of whisky and sold them to local residents. “The What” – Made from ghost barrels over 28 years old from distilleries that are no longer in operation. “The Where” – John Walker’s Grocery store. Close your eyes and you get an idea of what the store smelled like. And “The When” – 28-Year-Old barrels went into this bottle. Ghost barrels that are no longer in production. All for the purpose of celebrating a 200-year-old tradition in whisky making.

Exotic flavors and aromas of spices. weathered goods, candied berries, brown sugar and soft rolling smoke. The palate is rich and full with flavors of honey, molasses and cocoa. The finish is unforgettable, so savor it. Sweet spice and a hint of grandpa’s pipe smoke.

Black Cap Edition – Johnnie Walker Scotch 18 Years Old

So, I know after reading the description from the gem above that you may find this one to be a little disappointing. Two things come to mind… One, be quicker next year in getting in on the first edition. And two, you would be mistaken, to a degree, because the 18-Year-Old Johnnie Walker is also a treat to enjoy, plus you can still buy it!

  • Glass: Glencairn
  • Temperature: Room
  • Other Prep: None
  • JJ’s VIP Price: $87.99/bottle
  • Available: Typically, but out right now.

Tom’s Tasting Note: Made entirely of barrels at least 18-Years-Old, from distilleries spanning the island of Scotland, this 18-Year-Old expression of Johnnie Walker is hands down my favorite (when compared to other whiskies of similar age and style, meaning blended Scotch and other Johnnie Walker products). The aromas of honeysuckle, candied berries, brown sugar and spice are complemented by the flavors of molasses and cocoa. Very similar to the above. The finish is what gets you on this one. Sweet and long with exotic spice and a complex combination of sweet and savory. Very enjoyable!