Whisky review: Johnnie Walker Explorers Club Collection, The Gold Route

By Martin Eber, August 31 2016

Whisky remains one of the most popular duty-free indulgences, and many brands release travel retail specials sold exclusively through airport duty-free stores.

One of these is the aptly-named Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club Collection: a trio of blended scotch whiskies with adventure at heart.

This week we'll take a look at The Gold Route, which sits between the Spice Road and Royal Route blends.

Johnnie Walker Explorers Club Collection, The Gold Route

Colour: Light gold.

Nose: No peat that I could discern (so I doubt there's a lot of Islay whiskies in here as with some JWs). Rich and sweet, with a hint of caramel.

Palate: Rich and oily. A sweet, almost ice-cream like creaminess follows. 

Finish: Smooth, very smooth. I was expecting a harsh finish but wasn't disappointed. I'd say there are some well-aged whiskies in here (I'd love to know the composition). Some sweetness and a whole lot of mouth-puckering dryness.

Rating: 88/100. A decent blend.

Details: 40% ABV, A$108

Also read: Three great whiskies to buy duty-free

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Martin Eber

Martin is the founding editor of TimeForWhisky.com, a leading blog for lovers of the dram with tasting notes, events, bar reports, new releases and more.

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