# 500 • Johnnie Walker Black Label • The Director's Cut • Blade Runner 2049

Johnnie Walker Blade Runner

49% alc./vol.
Diageo Group, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland

Wow, we end the year on a high note with a special blend for my 500th review!

In 1982, in the cult film Blade Runner, Ridley Scott, found himself a discreet little star. A futuristic bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label accompanied Rick Deckard in his mysterious reflections. 35 years later, Diageo sniffed the greenback trail and created a new Johnnie Walker Black Label for the early sequel to the film, Blade Runner 2049.

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director's Cut is a blend produced in limited edition, developed by Master Blender Jim Beveridge in collaboration with the decade director, our home away from home Denis Villeneuve. This experimental blend would be inspired by Blade Runner 2049, and presented in a new bottle with a futuro-constructivist-bauhaus-cyberpunk look.

This bottling is 49% alcohol, a reference to 2049 of course. The original film from 1982 taking place in the futuristic Los Angeles of 2019, this is a bit my deadline for the publication of this article…

As the Dutch actor said so well Rutger Hauer (1944-2019) said so well:

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.

Nose:
Larger and more refined than the regular JW Black. The idea of ​​crunching the alcohol level at 49% may be a gimmick at the start, but in absolute terms it serves the cause admirably. Malt, grapes and vanilla surrounded by sweet smoke. You can barely smell the grain. Honey and apples, cocoa and leather. Very nice blend.

Taste:
JW Black on steroids. Honey and vanilla, spices and oak. We can feel the alcohol ramp, the choice to leave it at more than 40% is the best decision we could have made. The flavors are extremely rich and omnipresent. Smoke and leather in the distance. We taste a background of Caol Ila towards the end.

Finish:
Beautiful and gentle descent on the oak board. Spices, vanilla, leather, orange, raisins and crisp apples. Black tea, licorice and pepper. Light peat which unfortunately lasts just not long enough. We want more!

Balance:
What may have seemed like a marketing coup at the outset is finally revealed as a blend of surprising quality! Bold alcohol levels, the know-how of one of the biggest blends manufacturers in the world, future-black branding ... There is nothing here to displease me! It's too bad she won't live. But then again, who does?

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

# 467 • Johnnie Walker White Walker Game of Thrones

Johnnie Walker White Walker

41.7% alc./vol.
Diageo Group, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland

Wow, at least five or six years ago I did not have a chance to Reviewer a full range of whiskeys even before their release in SAQ, the last time being the controversial 1824 Collection de Macallan (you know, whiskeys with names of dancers).

And be careful, with the imminent release of the latest season of the popular series Game of Thrones (if you do not know what this series is, I invite you to go out under your rock and update yourself, thank you.), the giant Diageo has achieved a great marketing move with his distillation empire. They have paired different expressions of different distilleries with the main houses and / or factions of the fantastic medieval series, so after the Game of Thrones wines, here is the Game of Thrones single malt collection!

This series does not come out in SAQ at the end of the month (with the exception of this expression, available only in the branch, do it fast!), but thanks to the organization of Québec Whisky as well as a good boost of Scotch Whiskey Central, we have tasted and we present you first of all our tasting notes on this special series, in order to know which traffic jams you want to put on sale.

I would like to start with a little blend to whet our appetite, the White Walker of Johnnie Walker. Representing the scourge that waits for Westeros in its entirety, the White Walker is a whiskey that, in addition to being bottled at 41.7% alcohol, should in principle according to Johnnie Walker be served iced, like the vile creatures he symbolizes.

As said so well Stannis Baratheon himself, when melancholy took him:

Demons made of snow and ice and cold. The ancient enemy. The only enemy that matters.

Given the theme of this traffic jam and the recommendation of Diageo, I decided to taste it too, blasphemy, on ice.

Nose:
English cream and red fruits. Vanilla and light rubber. Recall the Red Label or the Adventurer at times. Heated caramel and acetone. Subsequently, the cold seems to make some aromas mute, to keep only the caramel and the fruits.

Taste:
Arrival in the mouth very shy, with one of the most disappointing textures. By cons pleasant flavors are at the rendezvous. Cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, red fruits and a little peat wind. It was not this last trait, one could even believe in a Canadian whiskey. I like it better in the cold, the flavors developing slowly as the whiskey warms in the mouth.

Finish:
Alcohol and acetone are the only notes that remain at the beginning, to give way to oak, spices and caramel. Once caught cold or on ice, the low temperature tends to kill the bad traits of the blend.

Balance:
Who would've believed that? This whiskey must actually be cold. Good bin my bottle goes into the freezer. Too bad because it is a beautiful bottle to exhibit, although its label, like some toys from our childhood or a can of Coors Light, reacts "cool" to changes in temperature.

Note: ★★★★★