Review #718 | /r/Scotch Review #244 – Johnnie Walker Black Label: Bladreunner 2049, The Director’s Cut Release
The Schtick: This is a limited edition release from Johnnie Walker (Diageo) alongside the release of Denis Villeneuve’s work of art: BladeRunner 2049. Shortly after being laid off in December, a couple friends of mine pooled together than purchased this as a gift for me. I’ve drank it through many viewings of the movie, interviews, job hunting and shortly thereafter, when I accepted a new job. I’ve finished off the bottle a couple months later and compiled my notes for a review.
“Thirty-five years on from being the spirit of choice in cult sci-fi classic Blade Runner, Johnnie Walker Black Label returns to the big screen in its highly-anticipated sequel Blade Runner 2049.
Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut is a limited edition Scotch Whisky created by Master Blender Jim Beveridge in collaboration with visionary filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. The experimental blend is inspired by Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, and is presented in a futuristic bottle.
With our trademark smokiness and a contemporary twist, Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut is a rich, smooth blend with aromatic and vanilla flavors and is bottled at 49% ABV as a nod to the futuristic period in which the film is set.” –Johnnie Walker Website
Distiller: Various (Blend)
Bottler: Johnnie Walker (Diageo)
ABV: 49% ABV
Nose: Honey, vanilla, dough, icing. Freshly baked bread. Some salt and pepper. Faint melon. Faint wisps of smoke.
Taste: Medium mout hfeel, very minimal heat. Rich honey, vanilla, smoldering ash and pepper. Cocoa, some toffee and a nice oak presence. The smoke grows with time.
Finish: Long, smoky and sweet. There is a lot of vanilla, toffee, icing, faint lemon and some nice smoke.
Overall: The bump in proof seems to really benefit this expression. I don’t know what other differences exist between this and the stock 12yr black label, but the presence of graininess is very much minimized and replaced with a richer mouth feel, longer finish and a much better integrated smoke presence.
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