Review: Johnnie Walker XR 21 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

21 Years
A blend of Scottish grain and malt whiskies
Distiller Multiple (Scotland)

It’s hard to find much actual information about this whisky, other than the age of 21 years. All the media stuff speaks of “inspired by handwritten notes of Sir Alexander Walker II”. What does that mean? Neat story (well, is it?), but I fail to see any connection. Recipe? Did they blend this with his notes in the room? Is it even in any way relevant?

But, I guess, as usual, taste can be the arbiter here.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2019

The nose has a nice creaminess to it (the grain whisky coming through) with some really nice old notes – leather, old furniture, tobacco – but there is also light smoke, dried fruit, vanilla, apples, caramel – very engaging nose – quite nice. Orange peel and a bit jammy too. The palate brings it all together, but there is a slight sourness which I don’t love and the bitterness is a bit off-balance. Slight tannins and smoke building towards the end, tobaccoa, and some furniture polish too. Oak grows on the finish too.

Awesome nose, but falls flat a bit on the palate and finish, and the strength is a bit underwhelming. Very intriguing old nose.

Highly Recommended (49% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Very low, based on $230