Nose: Toffee, sultanas, citrus, and gentle smoke, followed by nutmeg and cinnamon and some oak. This is very pleasant, albeit a bit expected.
Palate: Reasonably thick mouthfeel. Initially fruity, with sultanas and apricots and some gentle, sweet sherry notes. The flavours aren’t particularly crisp; rather they are blanketed by a big sweeping caramel note.
Finish: Sure, there are some spices here. Not sure they’re enough to define the whisky, though. Nutmeg is a big player, and there’s also a bit of cinnamon, chili, and allspice. There’s a sweet, gentle oakiness as well as some wisps of smoke and peat. Again, the caramel tends to blanket the other flavours and prevents them from really taking shape.
Thoughts: This is very smooth and drinkable with a typical profile for a top-shelf blend. There’s sherry and peat and caramel as the usual suspects, and a good integration of grain. But it could have more character. The spices here aren’t exotic, nor do they characterize the whisky. Not only that; where I live this costs about the same as the Green, which is a better whisky in my opinion. Ultimately this is a well-made and coherent blend, but it’s also standard and forgettable. But if you’re a fan of Walker or of easy-sippers in general, this will do the trick.
所以JW將 此款命名為SPICE ROAD.