JOHN WALKER & SONS PRIVATE COLLECTION 2017 ~ SCOTLAND
The John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2017 Edition: Mastery of Oak is the fourth expression in the series that first started in 2014 as a spiritual successor to the Johnnie Walker Directors’ Blends, a range that showcases its unique house style yet allows its blenders to push boundaries through these small-batch, once-off blends of rare experimental whiskies. Of course this makes any expression in this series a pricier collectible, and in this case with a global limited release of just 5,588 individually numbered decanters – and only 134 slated for the Singapore market – puts a premium on the Mastery of Oak.
Nose - Honey orchard fruit, burnt cinnamon, a burst of pineapple and creamy vanilla.
Palate - Warming oak right from the get-go, joined by juicy raisins and sultanas. A touch of rum spice develops later on, along with chocolate-y caramel.
Finish - Christmas-y spices and a hint of floral sweetness.