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So, I finally got myself to buy Green Label. Not being a JW fan, I am always reluctant on spending my hard-earned money on these run of the mill, mass-produced whiskies. For those who may or may not know, Green Label is the only, or may I say, was the only (since it’s been discontinued) blended single malt whisky out of the JW expressions. Green Label is made up of four single malts: Talisker, Linkwood, Caol Ila, and Cragganmore. Fortunately, it’s still readily available here in South Florida. But anywhere else, you might not be so lucky. Here we go!
Nose: Caramel, pineapple, passion fruit, slight sherry, a trace of burned butter, slight peat and subtle smoke, some alcohol burn.
Palate: It arrives full of caramel, then suddenly starts to transform into Florida keys honey from the Brazilian red pepper plant flowers, which has a coffee finish. The sherry anchors all flavors together accompanied buy a subtle nuttiness and spice.
Finish: Short to medium. The peat and smoke blankets the mouth measured, engineered.
This a good whisky, by all means. However, it lacks character. I feel that, in this instance, the blend of the four single malts are undermining the spirits. It feels engineered-- like its trying to always “kiss my ass,” instead of saying: “Hey! here I am, this is how I taste, take it or leave it…”