A continuation of the fabled Johnnie Walker Directors' Blends, the Private Collection is a limited yearly release. For this first edition, master blender Jim Beveridge and his team have focused on smoke, layering old and elegant whiskies with feisty Islay spirit to create a complex and balanced blend.
Nose: Gentle smoke, fruit and buttery sweetness. Green apple, green grapes, buttered white bread and woody spice. Water amplifies a gentle briney note as well as the fruit.
Palate: Soft and oily on the tongue with lots of sweet smoke. Orange chews and chocolate are complemented by darker, woody notes underneath. Water adds sweetness, damp oak and leafy notes.
Finish: Soft and lingering, building in intensity over time. Chocolate, orange and red fruit, developing into polished oak with gentle spice, which then dissipates to leave sweet fruit and drying oak.