May 21, 2004

Johnnie Walker Journey of Taste

POST #    1050

Last night, I went to a Johnnie Walker tasting and education event at Avalon. At the event, there was plenty of Black Label to be had by all. We learned several things, like the ingredients of Scotch, how it is made and distilled, and how to taste the different flavors within the blend that is Johnnie Walker Black Label.

The ingredients of Johnnie Walker are barley, yeast and water, which are unique to Scottish Whisky. American whisky uses corn while Canadian whisky uses rye. Scotch also has to ferment for at least 3 years in Scotland before being considered Scotch, while Black Label is fermented for 12 years. JW Black Label is blended from over 40 different whiskies that result in four distinct flavors - fresh fruit, rich fruits, vanilla, and an earthy smoke. These flavors combined make up Black Label.

In a whisky, there are four things to look for, legs, nose, palate and finish. Legs are how the whisky "sticks" to the glass, nose is how the Scotch smells, palate how it tastes and finish is how long the taste lasts.

It was an excellent even that reminded me a lot of the Guinness Believer's Event. It seems like I'm getting invited to a lot of these free booze events. Bring it on!

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 7:20 AM



But how drunk did you get?

Posted by: corie at May 21, 2004 9:03 AM

I like those glasses. do you know where i may be able to buy a few of them?

Posted by: Andy Rhee at May 21, 2004 12:00 PM


i wasn't paying attention to the you can't the flavors separately? i liked the fresh fruit one best.

Posted by: el at May 21, 2004 12:01 PM

corie, i actually didn't get too drunk. i know, messed up.

andy, how the hell would i know where to get those glasses? at crate & barrel? i don't work for jw.

el, whoops. guess that happens when you write something up when tired. and no, i don't think you can get the flavors separately.

Posted by: tien at May 22, 2004 8:48 AM

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