Review No.61. Johnnie Walker Gold Label

The gold label is the next label on from the black label in the Johnnie Walker range in terms of price.  It is not as widely available as the red and black labels and I am fortunate enough to have a Morrisons supermarket nearby that stocks this as well as the the black, green and of course the red.  You can this for for around £30-£40 depending on where you shop.   The gold label is a blended scotch so has a mix of single malts and grains.  It used to have a 15 year age statement but that was dropped a few years ago. I believe Clynelish is the main malt that is driving the flavours in this one.  That can only be a good thing.


Whisky: Johnnie Walker Gold Label Blended Scotch Whisky, 40%

Nose: Light honey, tropical fruit, vanilla, coastal

Taste: Butterscotch, cream, honey, vanilla, smoke

Finish: Short, some gentle sweetness and oak

Score: 3.5

Summary: If you follow the gold label on from the red and the black then you will appreciate what it brings the the range.  This is quite different from the previous two and from the green label.  If you are familiar with Clynelish then you will be able to clearly notice its influence here.  Honey and coastal/smoke is what this is all about and I find this combination very moreish.  The only criticism I have is that I would prefer the finish to linger longer.


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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