Wine Enthusiast 94 points – This maple syrup-toned spirit is a blend of Islay and Speyside malts, with no grain whisky added. The result is an effortless mix of lightly smoky and oaky caramel notes, and a smooth, velvety feel. A splash of branchwater amps up the peat quotient. – K.N..September/2011 Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points – Exciting bouquet of fruit, brine, smoke, and transparent, grainy aromas. The palate is beginning to show some rancio notes, with a delightful saltiness to balance out the orchard fruit. Finishes dry like a fine cigar..May/2016 John Walker began selling Scotch whiskies in his Kilmarnock grocer’s shop in 1820 and quickly established an unsurpassed reputation for quality. The Johnnie Walker name has come to represent the ultimate in Scotch whisky for connoisseurs the world over.