At some places its name is Celebrity, in Taiwan it is sold under the Label Swing Superior. (found in W. Schoberts Whisky Lexikon)
Hope it will help you.
I do know that it will make you stop drinking ALL Highland malt, except maybe Craggenmore and Balvenie. NO PUSSYFOOTIN' its better than Balvenie, period!
Blended back when price didnt matter and every malt wanted JW to use theirs, he blended his last concoction, JW Swing.
Dont know if its a vatted malt, but it is exceptionally smooth and the BEST BLEND I know of. Think Ive had em all over the last 30 years. Remember it 20 years ago, and it became basically extinct. ITS BACK and only a fool would turn their nose up to possibly the worlds best blended scotch!
At 55us dollars locally, Ill get it all!
I wish Michael Jackson would review it so all would know that its a 9 out of 10! But better is that he doesnt and I know. Price vs Quality give me Ardbeg 10, Redbreast 12 and Johnnie Walker Swing and the rest of the buggers can nitpick over-priced, over-aged and over-finished versions. Ill stick to the best. Cardhu(probably the MOST underrated malt) is the backbone of Swing. The demand for Cardhu wipes out ALL the stock no matter how much they make so they wont be advertising this stuff.
Hope that helps
Think Ive had em all over the last 30 years. Remember it 20 years ago, and it became basically extinct. ITS BACK and only a fool would turn their nose up to possibly the worlds best blended scotch
I admire your zeal and enthusiasm, but not sure I'd agree with your sentiments.
If a blend was around 20 years ago, disappeared for two decades, and was then re-launched, you can guarantee that it will taste very different to how it did originally.
And there's little point making references to the original blend that Mr J Walker concocted in the 19th century, since a lot of the distilleries he used at that time have long since disappeared or been re-built.
I'm not even sure JW Swing actually disappeared; I think it just got allocated to a smaller & unique market.
Anyway, if anyone else has any personal experience with this whisky (i.e. you've tasted it, I'd certainly be interested to hear your thoughts.
Anybody have JM handy? He must have rated it.
MrTattieHeid wrote:The Round-Bottomed Bottles of Yore would be a cool name for a band.
That's why Reggaeblues hasn't been seen for a day or two .... he's given up playing bleggae and is now playing folk music. He's given up Scotch in favour of pints of scrumpy with indescribable floating lumps in it....
I have tried it, and been through a couple bottles by myself (at a leisurely pace, of course). I find it to be smoother than any Bourbon. It has, for lack of a better phrase, a more casual feel than Blue Label. Blue has a bit of a bite that reminds you that it's supposed to be enjoyed slowly and expensively.
A Diageo rep told me that Swing was being pulled back, but I've started seeing it in more stores than I did a year ago. I highly recommend it to anyone that won't be buying it up in the stores where I shop!
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