I love 200 ml bottles of whisky! It is the perfect amount to sample solo, with a friend or two and even revisit.
Even better when they come free… as this little one did. Though I will admit, I did not buy the Johnnie Walker 1 L bottle that had it attached.
I will also admit the last time I had any kind of Johnnie Walker was at “The Journey” festival at Mehboob Studios in December 2014. For those in Mumbai end of the year – it really is a fabulous cultural event well worth catching!
However, I digress… let’s get to the whisky…
Johnnie Walker ‘The Spice Road’ NAS 40%
What did I find?
- Colour – Amber
- Nose – There is a nice cinnamon, honey, as it airs sweetens more, a little smoke, some vanilla, cereals
- Palate – Oddly flat, bitter, there’s that cinnamon again however it also has dried ginger and cloves, some peppercorns, quite dry, some malty caramel
- Water – Even with just a couple drops its insipid – just don’t!
- Finish – Limited, bit woody
At 40% it honestly is a bit wimpy, not complex and while the ‘spices’ are there, it isn’t in a well-rounded lip smacking kind of way.
So I recalibrated my expectations and threw caution to the wind! It was a warm evening..
Would it do well with ice? Not bad.
In fact if this is served at the next ‘The Journey,’ I might go for it… or consider it as a base for a more interesting cocktail – clearly others have this idea too! However as a duty-free exclusive that is unlikely.
So what’s this JW expression all about?
Focused on the lucrative duty-free crowd, the Explorer’s Club Collection with their Trade Route Series features three expressions:
- The Spice Road for the journey from Europe to Asia
- The Royal Route from Europe to Persia
- The Gold Route of the Americas and Caribbean
What do they say about The Spice Road?
A complex whisky with rich flavour and exceptional smoothness. Matured in old oak casks for an intense finish inspired by the spice markets of Asia yet true to the Johnnie Walker signature.
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