Props to Johnny Walker Gold — Blends Can Be Great

AM New York’s Imbiber columnist Dan Dunn gives high marks to Johnny Walker Gold Label, a blend of more than a dozen single malts of 18 years or older.

It is a fallacy to assume that a blend is necessarily lower quality than a single malt. Still, I don’t usually drink blends. This is almost certainly an unjustified prejudice, but there it is.

The general idea is that blends sacrifice individuality and character to win greater consistency. The trick works by canceling out the inevitable differences that creep into single malts year to year.

Since I so rarely drink blends, I admittedly don’t have much experience to judge from. But I did win a greater respect for blends (in theory, at least) after sitting in on a seminar once that took apart the Johnny Walker Green Label (BevMo $46). We sampled each of the individual single malts used in the blend, which was very instructive. The Green was better than most of the individual malts used to make it.

Although I liked the Green, I have still never bought a blend.

It would be very cool, though, to take apart the Johnny Walker Gold Label blend (BevMo $66) and sample all of the single malts used to make it. I must put that on my to-do list.

~ by whisky1 on August 13, 2008.

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