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.