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Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V Edition

This expression is (to my palate) a smokier version of the excellent Blue Label, and for my money not an improvement despite the increased price tag.  It is good, but I prefer Blue Label and I see this more as a beefed up Black Label (which is not my dram of choice).   The nose is complex with some smoke, and maybe dried fruits, some chocolate and even some salty seaweed notes as well.  The taste is very smooth with sweet honey and toffees before peat and smoke begin to kick in.  The finish is a long and complex interplay of peat and honey.  It is good and my guess some people will go "ga ga" for this one.  I certainly like it, but I don't love it.  

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  • Country of Origin: Scotland
  • Type: Blend
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': Yes
  • In '101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die': Nope

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