Thanks to /u/nofansky for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.
Been meaning to get my hands on a sample of this one for a while. Green Label is a bit of an exception to the rest of the Johnnie Walker range in that it’s not a regular blend but a blended malt. According to their data it’s made up of Talisker, Linkwood, Cragganmore and Caol Ila, which on their own can be quite impressive whiskies.
A while back Johnnie Walker announced that Green Label would be taken off the shelves, obviously the more collectory types went off the rails and bought up everything they could and started selling it off at insane prices. A while later it was announced that Green Label would return to “certain markets” and then to all markets, apparently with a slightly different recipe.
The new version has returned to most retail markets by now, but some for some reason insist on pretending it’s still a rare, discontinued whisky and price it as such. I tried the older version on several occasions and came close to buying a bottle several times as it really was a fantastic blend of whiskies. I’ve only tried the new one once in passing so this will be the first time I get to sit down and see what it’s about.
Aged 15 years. 43% ABV.
Nose: Smoky jaffa cakes. Bit of a honeyed malt character. Woodspice, cloves and nutmeg. Light, creamy vanilla. Peach cobbler.
Palate: Dry grass. Brush fire. Sour malt. Bitter wood. Honey. Very dry wood tannins. Generic candy note right at the end.
Finish: Medium. Bitter malt. Dry wood and light wood smoke.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
I can’t remember the older version well enough to be able to make a good comparison (that’s part of the reason why I started taking tasting notes), but I really did enjoy this one. It didn’t have a huge range of flavours, but the ones it had were quite nice. There was quite a nice mix of sweet, savoury and smoky to it. For the normal retail price it’s quite a good buy.