Exploring the world of Single Malt Scotches

The Johnnie Walker Rainbow

The Johnnie Walker Rainbow.  The Snob was fortunate to be included in a select group of Malt Junkies at TK’s lounge recently.  Fortunately for the group, the selection of Johnnies did not include the “Dreaded Red” which seems to haunt most proletarian bars due to it’s price .  Our host began the festivities with the tuxedo Black poured neat and its malty overtones of sherry and toffee were quite nice actually. With the group being very environmentally sensitive, we moved on to the Green which was noticeably smoother and more luxurious in its nose, a real move up market. Batting third was the lovely Gold with its sunny sweetness and subtle peat, I found this to be my favorite in the lineup.  Finally our host ceremonially poured the storied Blue and much to my surprise, it seemed over refined …perhaps the blending was too complex and it muted the oaky flavors . The peat was barely perceptible and the finish was rather quick.  The cleanup batter managed to get on base but failed to live up to its reputation. I loved the concept of tasting the “siblings” in sequence and these whiskeys offer surprising character and drinkability.  In order I rate them 7, 7.5, 8.5, and 7.5. Invite the full lineup to your next gathering and enjoy the diversity .

3 responses

  1. Joe Swerk

    It seems to me that the older you get the more tasting you do. Could it be that you have gone to shooting 4 bottles at a time and now you have to get rid of the props??????

    I don’t know I am very confused!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    October 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

  2. jim tulloch

    nicely done…bravo. jim


    October 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm

  3. NJWhiskeyBoy

    JW brand while not bad does not deserve to be mentioned & reviewed by the likes of a self described single malt scotch snob……the best of the bunch the double black was not reviewed. JW Green & above while good cost far to much to be worthy. That beingsaid, you did a nice job in the blog.


    December 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm

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