Scotch By Nino Marchetti / October 18, 2013 Among blended Scotch the Johnnie Walker brand is considered one of the top dogs. One of its most prolific offerings is the Platinum label, and brand owner Diageo recently announced it is now selling this spirit in the United States for a suggested retail price of $110.Johnnie Walker Platinum is an 18-year-old blend, and said to be one of the most “perfectly crafted” whiskies ever made under this label. It is crafted from what’s described as a mix of single malt and grain whiskies, with Master Blender Jim Beveridge drawing from a limited number of casks heralding from only twenty to twenty-five distilleries.Flavor notes are said to include rich dried fruit, malty cereal, smooth creamy vanilla, fragrant almonds and tangerines. It is an example of the Speyside style, finished with a hint of Islay smokiness. To best enjoy it it is recommended to have it either neat or with a few drops of distilled water. The latter serving choice will help unlock the flavor profile more.