Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club Collection Blended Scotch Whisky
The Spice Road
What the Blender Says:
A new range of unique whiskies, exclusively available in Travel Retail outlets.
Start your adventure with the first series of the Collection, the Trade Route Series – inspired by the great journeys of the Walker family to the four corners of the world.
The first signature blend from the Trade Route series is THE SPICE ROAD. Influenced by the vibrancy, aromas and dazzling colours of the thriving markets of Asia this blend provides a rich, long-lasting experience.
THE SPICE ROAD is a complex whisky with aromatic spice overtones and exceptional smoothness, true to the Johnnie Walker signature. Let it take your taste buds on a new journey. On the nose, you are greeted with a spicy zestiness, subtle notes of fresh and citrus fruits such as apples, kiwis and limes. With the first sip, your palate embarks on an unforgettable exploration. There is a tantalising balance of smooth, rich honeyed vanilla, warmed by hints of cloves and ginger, with a smoky finish reminiscent of smouldering wood.
THE SPICE ROAD is best enjoyed with a drop of water to release the subtle smokiness.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Surprisingly light on the nose with lots of citrus zest layered against a bouquet of wildflowers and poached pears.
Palate: Tropical fruit drizzled in vanilla cream with back notes of pumpkin pie spices and tobacco.
Finish: Relatively short. There’s an initial smokiness but it fades quickly playing with a light nuttiness.
Comments: Travel Retail Only, so if you see it and are interested I suggest buying it. You won’t find it at the corner store. The Spice Road is the first in a series of these Travel Retail exclusives called the Explorers’ Club Collection. It’s supposed to highlight old travel/trade routes (“The Spice Road”, “Explorers’s Club”…get it?) with expressions in scotch blends riffing on the JW house style. The Gold Route is the second released thus far. I find this very enjoyable and have no problem stocking this as an out of the ordinary blend. It’s tasty, approachable, and at $40+ for a liter not terribly pricey.
Rating: Stands Out