# 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're ending the year in style with a very 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. With the original 1982 film set in the futuristic Los Angeles of 2019, this is kind of my deadline for this article to appear ...

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:
Looser and more refined than the regular JW Black. The idea of ​​cranking the alcohol level at 49% may be a gimmick at first, but in absolute terms it serves the cause admirably. Malt, grapes and vanilla surrounded by sweet smoke. You hardly feel 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 well, the choice to leave it at more than 40% is the best decision we could make. The flavors could not be richer and omnipresent. Smoke and leather in the distance. We taste a base 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 might seem like a marketing coup at the start is finally revealed as a blend of surprising quality! Bold alcohol content, the know-how of one of the largest blends manufacturers in the world, future-noir 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 it's been at least five or six years that I haven't had the 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 don't know what this series is i invite you to come out from under your rock and update yourself, thanks.), 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 branches, hurry!), but thanks to the organization of Québec Whisky as well as a helping hand from 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 small blend to whet our appetite, the White Walker from Johnnie Walker. Representing the scourge that threatens entire Westeros, White Walker is a whiskey which, in addition to being bottled at 41.7% alcohol, should in principle, according to Johnnie Walker, be served chilled, 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 should indeed be drunk cold. Good bin my bottle goes into the freezer. Too bad because it is a beautiful bottle to display, although its label, like some toys from our childhood or a can of Coors Light, reacts in a "cool" way to changes in temperature.

Note: ★★★★★