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Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old

Classic Unapologetic Flavors

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

27th Feb 2014


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Here is a whisky which I think unapologetically bridges the gap between what earlier generations were used to and what whisky fans are drinking today.

Comprising of four signature malts from four brilliant distilleries - Talisker, Caol Ila, Cragganmore & Linkwood - it takes on their flavors quite beautifully.

Nose : First the Talisker and Caol Ila come screaming through with salty crushed nuts and smoke. Then the Cragganmore with that sweet jasmine maltiness and finally Linkwood with it's orange peel, peaches and wild red berries. A complex nose. A lovely nose.

Palate : At first there is a certain coconut oiliness to it (which I didn't like) interspersed with spicy nuts and a lemon meringue. But whisky is a game of patience and I let this one sit. The coconut oil disappears after a while and is replaced with a lovely honey sweetness.

Finish : Spicy long and a touch bitter. I think that's old fashion-ness coming through. Quite complex. Sits with you a while and makes you think.

This is a whisky that needs to be appreciated by experienced palates only. Its' subtle nuances catch you off-guard with flashes of brilliance. It kept evolving as I kept writing forcing me to track back and re-edit.

It's almost like this is the reward you get for finally showing how mature you've become.

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Pierre_W commented

Great review, @tabarakRazvi, as always. I never tried the Green Label myself. A number of people told me to secure a bottle while it was still around but I never managed to do so. After reading your tasting notes I feel all the more that I should have done so.

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MaltActivist commented

Thanks for your praise @Pierre_W ! It truly means a lot.

I remember first trying it and not even knowing what a pure malt was. It was too spicy and aggressive for my liking back then.

It has one of the most gorgeous finishes I have ever experienced. Takes on a whole new flavor profile. Very intriguing.

7 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

Now is the time to enjoy this one, before it is gone forever. . . . Awesome review, Tabarak!

7 years ago 0

Victor commented

...or before you have to fly to Taipei in order to find a bottle. Diageo still plans to produce it for the Taiwan market.

I really notice the Linkwood in Johnnie Green, and I really like the Linkwood, both in Johnnie Walker Green Label and in its own right.

What impresses the hell out of me about Johnnie Walker Green Label is that it tastes as though it is made out of whole cloth, like a SINGLE malt whisky, and not like a blend of four whiskies. THAT is extraordinary, and quite rare.

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