Show rating data charts
Distribution of ratings for this:
So, I'm Not a fan of Johnnie Walker Black, who always seems to be common bar dweller at weddings and the like from my experience. A standard flavor profile; smooth, plentiful but nothing memorable (reminiscent of most bridesmaids and groomsmen I might add...). This baby is a welcome upgrade; I am proud to have this Green edition as my first full personally purchased bottling of Johnnie Walker.
On the First wave of the nose, some alcohol and slight vanilla notes are available. After a five minute introduction to the air in the room, traces of peat becomes noticeable, if still rather slight. Getting notes of maple syrup, vanilla further down the timeline. With patience, nose really opens up - more peat. the evolution is fairly substantial.
As for tasting, I would recommend waiting at least a couple of minutes to let this breathe - my first taste seemed alcohol heavy with a confused palette. When I returned around 5m later, a delicate and welcome transformation had begun. This skates around the taste buds nicely; seems to favor the back corners (bitter receptors) towards the end of the circuit. Alcohol is noticeable, but expected. It seems any incursion of water may break this one, so I would recommend water in another glass as a back. Interesting note: there is an echo of a Bushmills Original (Irish blend) profile running through this - slight tinge of rubbery vanilla, but pleasant. Just a hint of this profile, not the foremost flavor to be sure.
As this finishes it's journey, there is a brief flirtation with a medicinal aftertaste, and a very clean yet slight peat hangout. Finish seems standard for a blend - pleasing, lingers a bit but nothing too dramatic.
Overall, rounded and gorgeous; a smooth and satisfying palette opener. This bottle has gained a recurring spot in the blend lineup on my shelf to be sure. If anyone ever asks me to assist the bar selection at a wedding, the Walker will definitely be green.