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JW Green have long been many people's favorite blend, but I have rejected JW for a long time due to the unimpressive black label experience. Recently I bought a bottle of Dewar's 15 yo but was disappointed, then I thought: "Why not give Green label a try? Both of them are 15 yo vatted malt whisky, and JW Green is bottled at 43%, it might be better than this." So I decided to buy a 200ml bottle Green label. This bottle has been opened for three weeks, and only about 20ml left.
Nose: Honey, lemon, citrus and green apple. A little grassy, some peat and spice hidden in the background. Soft and delightful.
Taste: Sweet and smoky, a bit salty and the flavor fades away significantly comparing to the time when it was recently opened. Oak, vanilla, lemon and pineapple.
Finish: Medium finish. Spice, peat and black pepper which apparently comes from Talisker.
Balance: In the beginning, it perfectly put four single malts with different characters into one. Sweetness as main theme, along with fresh fruits, oak, peat and smoke. But now it's quite unbalance, thin in the middle, not the full body it used to be.
Indeed a very pleasant whisky, very smooth and full of good characters, but it can't last long once it's opened. It was a 88 pts whisky in the beginning, but I give 83 pts to the end of it. This happened to my Dewar's 15 yo too, it was good at first then the blossom died out after only two weeks. Although I like JW Green at its prime, but I'm not likely to buy it again.