Review: Old Johnnie Walker Blue bottle — 1990s
Johnnie Walker Blue Label / 43% / $90
This is a 1990s bottle of JWB, number N32353 that I picked up secondhand in Japan. It was all in original packaging including the weird pewter pull-tab and rotting cork. I had to strain it through a tea-filter!
- Color: e150a
- Nose: it’s all green apples on the nose, with a bit of toluene
- Taste: stale salt crackers, warm bread, apples and peaches, some oak and leather
- Finish: long, with some mixed berries
This is a pretty mediocre blend / blast from the past, and it really reinforces my opinion that Diageo will sell whatever the market can bear. I was hoping a now ~30 years older version of JWB would be interesting, but it’s one-dimensional and boring. It’s not even smooth.