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Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old

Tame Talisker?

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@mosis522Review by @mosis522

28th Jul 2013


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Johnnie Walker Green label sadly recently discontinued is a vatted malt made up of 4 single malts (Talisker, Linkwood, Cragganmore & Caol Ila). I have tasted Talisker and to me this is the 'tame' version. On the nose there is a fruit, floral, slight sweetness, hints of smoke and salt in the background. On the palate the smoke comes on stronger before slowly fading to a pleasant floral, malt, citrus sweetness which ends with a med-long finish... A great whisky is will sorely miss!

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Nozinan commented

Recent Ralfy review said he heard from a Diageo person who said it wasn't discontinued. I agree it's the best of the JWs I have tried, but t remains a branded scotch.

7 years ago 0

hunggar commented

It's not discontinued, but it has been pulled from most of the global market. It's still in production for the Taiwanese market and possibly select others. That's why I often suggest that collectors drink and enjoy their bottles rather than hold on to them and expect them to appreciate in value, as JW is indeed still producing bottles.

7 years ago 0

mosis522 commented

I have read articles saying they stopped producing it at the end of 2012 & it seems unavailable in Australia anymore from what I have seen..

7 years ago 0

FMichael commented

As a simpleton the idea of holding onto a bottle of scotch with the hopes that it'll increase in value does not compute.

I'm of the opinion that this nectar known as whisky/whiskey (be it a single malt, blended, Irish, American, Japanese, Canadian, etc) was meant to be consumed either by oneself, or preferrably with friends/family.

7 years ago 0

Russ commented

@hunggar That's what I was told by someone in the industry, who works for a major distributor that carries Diageo (parent company of Johnnie Walker,) in 2012. The plans then were very concrete that Johnnie Walker Green would continue to be produced indefinitely for the Taiwanese market, and that it would continue to be produced for the U.S. market for at least another year. It's been "another year" since I was told this, and JW Green is still available in the U.S. That said, I'm unaware of Diageo's future plans for Green. It's good stuff, so I should probably pick up a bottle this week :-)

7 years ago 0

hunggar commented

@FMichael: Agreed. I'm no collector myself. Although if I was, I wouldn't be holding on to a whisky that's still in production and was never even slightly rare in the first place.

@Russ: If you're a fan of the Green, your plan to grab a bottle while it's still available is probably a good idea. Based on what I've heard, stocks are beginning to thin out in the US. Some areas can't get them while some still can.

7 years ago 0

cheeserandyburg commented

Interesting posts. I was under the impression it was completely "cut off" from the market worldwide. I have a somewhat unusual bottling at 1 liter sitting in my cabinet and I have yet to crack it open. I was saving it for a very special occasion down the line, due to the fact it was discountinued. But after reading some of the comments here I suppose it wouldn't be such a bad idea to pop this one open in the commoning months. Btw, over here in Canada its completely discontinued, and nowhere to be found unfortuntely. The bottle I have is from England.

7 years ago 0

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