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There is gentle oak and an array of sweet herbals and lingering gentle peat smoke.
With repeated sipping a bit of bitterness and grain whisky milk tang builds up on the palate - prompting me to take drinks of water to clear it. This is delicious and I could drink it all day long.
But Red Label exists in deep time - born of a marketing name change (from "Special Old Highland") back in 1909 - the year the iconic striding man logo was developed. Y." This shows it's a US import and thus I know that 86.6 proof is US proof.
This is also the year the Lincoln penny replaced the Indian head cent design. So this bottle has a tax strip, uses avoirdupois (4/5th of a pint), and has no UPC code - so were' talking about a bottle that's from the late 1970s or earlier. However, a review of the advertising shows this on a multitude of labels with essentially identical style, importer, and 86.8 proof from 1967 through 1988.
On the cover surrounding the cork it is red with the Johnnie Walker & sons stamp on. Highest awards (with a trademark stamp in between). I wouldn't know if the contents are drinkable, so therefore accept no responsbility once I have sold this bottle.
I cannot see that there is a bottle number anywhere on it.But it's well nigh impossible not to think of Oliver Klimek's post Klimek addresses the declining complexity of malt whisky and relates it to increasingly mechanized and homogenized manufacturing methods. This old Johnny Walker Red is in a vastly different league then the current stuff - or a majority of blends up well over - now. Whisky was simply more complex and tasty in that era. It's rich and yet soft and easy drinking - compulsively, dangerously, easy to drink.At no point does this call out the imperative to be mixed into a cocktail. The grain whisky component is readily detected - but it plays along in a really nice way with the malt. The star of the show is the rich honeyed floral nose and the presence of those flavors in the opening.The mid palate and finish, while fine, don't play at that level.