When we are at sea, there is always something to do. Keeping busy is never a problem!
And so, on Friday, we attended a Johnnie Walker Whisky Tasting. This event was by invitation. It was set up in the piano bar, one of the smaller venues aboard the MS Amsterdam, and seemed to be a packed house!
We sampled 4 different blends: Black Label, Double Black, Platinum and Blue Label.
Everyone was familiar with Black Label: aged for 12 years, smoky, peppery, hints of citrus. However, many of us had never tried Double Black which turned out to be smokier, less fruity and less peppery than Black Label. It also had notes of honey. Double Black is aged in deep oak barrels.
Neither Roger nor I were familiar with Platinum. It is aged for 18 years; is a little smoky but has more of a fruity flavor; still retains a bit of a peppery finish.
Of course, Blue Label was the star of the tasting! Blended in small batches with only the finest whiskies, this is neither smoky nor peppery. It has a nutty component and fruity flavor. It is very smooth!
We’ve been told bourbon and vodka tastings are in the works. I’ll keep you posted!!!!