Johnnie Walker Black Label Speyside Origin, 42%

Price: $46 Issue: Winter 2019 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Using Cardhu and Glendullan, among other Speyside single malts, to focus on Black Label's orchard fruit attributes, this has a nose of apple pie, vanilla sponge cake, caramel, and aromatic pan-roasted spices. Sweet and spicy with a glossy mouthfeel, it yields flavors of Fruit Pastilles, vanilla cream, sharp apple, currants, and baked sugar with a gentle undercurrent of spice. Ginger and pepper with jellied fruits and hints of citrus to finish.