Country: Sweden
Region:
Type: Blended Scotch
Bottler: Diageo
ABV: 40%
Score: 93 points

Johnnie Walker Gold Label ReserveGold Label Reserve replaces the old 18-year-old Gold Label in the Johnnie Walker lineup, and has many of the same characteristics as the original, but without the age statement. The nose is warm and buttery with allspice, honey, and a touch of caramel candy sweetness. The taste is surprisingly spicy with good cinnamon and cilantro notes, hints of black tea, lemon, and honey underneath and a touch of dark chocolate. The finish has a lemony tartness with lingering cinnamon spice balanced by a bit of honey, and is very long and smooth with a good overall balance.  (February, 2013)