But I've always been fascinated with Johnnie Walker. It might be because they're displayed at virtually every airport duty free shop I've been to. Or it might be because it is used as currency in many third world countries to bribe mid- to high-level officials. So what does it taste like? Will a neophyte like me enjoy it?
I will start at the bottom-- the Red Label. I will then slowly ascend to the pinnacle-- the Blue Label.
I got a 750ml bottle of Red today at BevMo for $18. That seems reasonable, I think.
I will start by drinking it at room temperature, by itself. As I tilt it in my glass, it looks slightly syrupy and leaves a thin film on the glass. It has a yellowish, golden hue. It smells sharp and a bit like rubbing alcohol. It's not unlike cheap booze I've had in my younger days. The smell changes in intensity every time I sniff it (I've sniffed it 4-5 times now). I wonder why that is. Now, it just smells like hospital.
Sip. Wow, it's nowhere nearly as nasty as I thought it was going to be. I can feel its punch and warmth about 5-10 seconds after swallowing it. And as I finished typing the last sentence, the punch and warmth disappeared almost instantly. The flavor was mild.
I did not enjoy the second sip. I'm going to add ice and club soda now. Be right back.
Yack. The club soda made it bitter. Now, my mouth tastes like Band-Aid. Maybe I'll just add regular water next time.
Stay tuned as I try Black Label. In the meantime, here is the history of the brand.