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Crumble In The Jungle

John Walker & Sons XR21

88.72 / 100

Malty & Dry Flavours

Visual: 4.21 /5  •  Aroma: 21.09 /25  •  Taste: 36.92 /40   •  Finish: 26.5 /30

Dram Code: E76

Producer: Johnnie Walker

Bottler: Diageo (Official)

Type: Blended Scotch Whisky

Cask: Various

Age: 21

Country: Scotland

Region: Multiple

Chill Filtered: Yes

Added Colour: Yes

ABV: 40%

Cask Strength: No

Release: Limited Edition

Price: $155.57 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E76

Producer: Johnnie Walker

Bottler: Diageo (Official)

Type: Blended Scotch Whisky

Cask Type: Various

Age: 21

Country: Scotland

Region: Multiple

ABV: 40%

Cask Strength: No

Chill Filtered: Yes

Added Colour: Yes

Release: Limited Edition

Price: $155.57 (at time of review)

About This Blended Scotch Whisky

Welcome Back!

We are absolutely thrilled to be inviting members back to the store, to take part in Drop-In Drams once again. This is how our club started – and is in my mind the most important part of The Dram Association. We invite all members, whatever whisky background and experience they may have, to come and try some wonderful drams with us in the store. Any time before 7 pm, any day but Wednesday. It’s designed to be approachable and easy to take part in, no matter your schedule.

When you come in to try the dram, you’ll be given two cards – one with the details of what you’re trying (now including a QR code that links to this site with more information and the “Unbottling” video), and a second card that allows your voice to be heard by leaving a review for the dram. After the dram is retired (all drams are available for four weeks), we tally up the average score and this page is updated and joins the Dram Associations bank of reviews.

Why This Bottle?

Well, ain’t that a dram good question!? Johnny Walker is a stalwart of the Scotch whisky scene and in many ways is responsible for the popularity of blended Scotch around the world. After all, they sell around 250 million bottles a year. Not bad for a company that started off as a small-town grocery store in 1820. And if it weren’t for the success of blended Scotch, we wouldn’t have the incredible selection of single malts available to us today either.

So, in honour of their importance to the industry as a whole, I’m proud to present this special edition 21-year-old Scotch. Award-winning master blender Jim Beverage created this recipe from handwritten notes by John Walker’s son Alexander Walker. It starts off with paying special attention to the grain component – often considered as filler to a blend, but certainly not in this case. It actually showcases single grain from Port Dundas – an excellent, but now sadly closed distillery. The malt is fronted by the one-two Speyside punch of Mortlach and Cardhu and features a mix of bourbon and sherry cask matured malts – and even a bit of peat.

The truly amazing thing about this whisky though is the price. For some reason, it’s about $50 less in BC than it was in other provinces – and of course, the discount only helps that further! We stocked up well, knowing that this was bound to be a popular choice for gift-givers. Why not nip down to the store and give this one a sample? Who knows – maybe you deserve a gift yourself!

The Unbottling

Adam’s Tasting Notes

In my initial exploration, it was very toffee heavy on the nose. Hints of Banana and custard then gave way to a rich oat crumble breakfast cereal with cinnamon, lemongrass and Greek yogurt. The palate was full and indulgent, more than one might expect at 40% abv. Apricot kernels, amaretto and Cadbury’s fudge fingers joined the dance on the palate.

On a later revisit, I found more tropical notes. Mango and pineapple specifically. They came on a bed of lightly smoked granola complete with pecans and brown sugar. A delightfully delicate yet full-flavoured blend whose complexity, balance, and maturity can’t really be beaten at this price point. But that’s just my opinion – come down to the store and find out yours!

By Adam Bradshaw on April 10, 2022

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

Recent Reviews

How We Review Whiskies

Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don’t like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg – raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg – wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

Dram Association Nickname

The nickname is usually given by the writer of the initial review and tasting notes. It is based on their tasting notes and used to refer to the whisky to keep its true identity hidden for those who enjoy blind tasting.