Reviews

Review No.52. Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old

The Johnnie Walker range consists of a number of labels, I have reviewed the entry level red label and the popular black label (12 year old) already.  The natural progression from this is the gold label (was 15 year old but now NAS) which I will review soon but I have skipped this for now and jumped to the green label which is a 15 year old blended malt.  Just to remind you a blended malt is a blend of single malts from different distilleries and does not contain grain whiskies.  I would like to say I figured it out but it states on the box that this is made from a mixture of single malts from Talisker, Linkwood, Cragganmore and Caol Ila all of which would be aged for a minimum of 15 years.  I wish we saw more of this information in the blended whisky category.  It allows you to understand how different malts react to each other and you can link certain characteristics back to the single malt.  It also helps you judge if you are going to like it, I am a fan of Linkwood and like Talisker and Caol Ila so would imagine that I would like this one.

 

Whisky: Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 43% vol.

Nose: Fragrant, heather, lavender, lemon zest, berries, honey, iodine

Taste: Honey, lemon, pepper, tobacco, TCP

Finish:  Honey, pepper and peat

Score: 3.5

Summary: This smells and tastes refined, it is clean and crisp.  I had fun trying to pick out specific characteristics and link them back to its constituent parts.  The heather and lavendar probably from Linkwood, the honey and tobacco from Cragganmore, the pepper from Talisker and general peatiness from Coal Ila.  The overall balance of the citrus, honey and spice with the peat works really well for me.  The peat comes more to fore over time and sweeter characteristics take a supporting role.  You can sometimes find this on offer in supermarkets, I got this for £30 and I think that is fantastic value and puts certain NAS single malts of the peated variety to shame. Overall a good blend that I would revisit on a regular basis.

 

 

Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf

 

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