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The Jonnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Uncommon collection continues with this fourth installment, Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Uncommon Pittyvaich. As with the prior Ghost and Uncommon releases, this restricted version is mixed with “irreplaceable ‘ghost whiskies’ from Scotch whisky distilleries which have lengthy since closed.” The centerpiece of this one is Speyside’s Pittyvaich, which closed its doorways in 1993.
Along with Pittyvaich, different ghost whiskies within the mix embrace whiskies from Port Dundas and Carsebridge. Rounding out the mix are rarities from (working) distilleries in Speyside: Mannochmore, Auchroisk, Cragganmore, and Strathmill, plus the Highland whisky of Royal Lochnagar.
We obtained a small pattern to take a look at, so let’s dive in.
A richer, bolder whisky than the usual Blue Label, the nostril of the brand new Ghost and Uncommon is initially enormous with notes of caramel and chestnuts, earlier than fading right into a barrel char-forward character that evokes loads of wooden plus an enormous, beefy ingredient that feels a bit formidable to cope with. All of this evaporates on the palate, the place a energetic butterscotch character rapidly emerges, balanced by components of inexperienced herbs, a pinch of powdered cloves, and a racy gunpowder word. There’s a major vein of savoriness that runs all through the whisky, one thing which I don’t instantly affiliate with Pittyvaich however which may simply be pushed by any of the opposite distilleries within the combine. It makes for a little bit of a yin-yang expertise, bouncing between sweeter and extra brooding traits till settling, fitfully, someplace within the center. It’s not my favourite Ghost and Uncommon up to now, however it has loads of charms on show all the identical.
A- / $350 / johnniewalker.com