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Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old

The Green Hornet – needs a remake

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

18th Sep 2014


Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old
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Why oh why did they discontinue this 15 year old blended malt by Johnnie Walker. Green Label is like the Green Hornet, it needs a sequel. The only good dram by Johnnie Walker...

With malts from Talisker, Linkwood, Cragganmore and Caol Ila, this "arrives like a blend but develops like a malt". A quote by Ralfy, which I totally agree.

Nose: Dominating toffee with small amounts of smoke and nice feel of dark coffee. Continues with dry oak and sweet vanilla. Cereal notes come with water.

Taste: Bit spicy and fruity. Dark chocolate and crispy malt are delicious. Nutty with oak. Water gives smooth sweetness and adds some bitter too.

Finish: Simple but nice and long with spices and hints of dry oak.

Balance: Great blended malt with exceptional nose. Versatility is really the keyword. Seems like all the different malts are being utilized very well.

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hunggar commented

Good stuff, I agree. This and the Swing are the best Walkers on the market IMHO. For the record, Walker Green is not discontinued, it's still in continuous production for Taiwan. Sadly not available elsewhere anymore. Nice write-up, @Rantavahti.

9 years ago 0

vrudy6 commented

When I tried the Green, I felt that it was good, but lacked a certain uniqueness. But yes, it's not a single malt. Maybe it's too balanced, if that makes any sense. There was nothing, I felt, that stood out and made a statement. It's still the best of the Walkers, no doubt. Solid review as always!!

9 years ago 0

Newkophile commented

Really like this blended malt and do not at all understand why Johnny Walker discontinued it. Lucky for me however, the remaining bottles here in southeast Florida are being sold for as low as $40 apiece. So I picked up 5 and have already imbibed two at this juncture.

9 years ago 0

broadwayblue commented

Newkophile, My understanding is the main reason they discontinued it in most places was due to the fact that unlike their other ranges, the Green contained no grain alcohol, and thus cost them more to produce it. With it squarely priced between the Black and Gold, if they charged more it would compete directly with Gold. Also, with the general whisky shortage they need the various single malts for other blends that are more profitable. Something along those lines. Personally I too am sorry to see it go. I've got a bottle open and another in my bunker. I might have to add one more to my collection before they are all gone from shelves.

9 years ago 0

Rantavahti commented

Thanks everyone for your input! Great to hear, that you can still get it from somewhere. Without a doubt it's obvious, that Johnnie Walker won't make this kind of products as long as they get big money from their blended stuff. Fortunately, there's plenty of good blended malts out there so it's better not to weep for the Green Label...

9 years ago 0