Johnnie Walker Green Label

Strolling through the LCBO earlier this year I was intrigued to see Johnnie Walker Green Label back on the shelves. After vanishing a few years back it was rumoured that parent company Diageo was discontinuing the expression in favour of replacing it with a non-age-stated (NAS) blend variant. Given the trend for the "majors" in the industry toward NAS bottings it wasn't totally out of the realm of possibility that Green Label would come back as a shadow of it's former self. 

Yet, the rumour never came true. The age statement was kept and so was the formulation of the blend. The blended malt comprised of aged spirit from Diageo's Talisker, Cragganmore, Caol Ila and Linkwood distilleries. Containing whisky from nearly all of Scotland's whisky regions, Green Label is one of only two of Johnnie Walker blends to bear an age statement in the core range and is bottled at 43% ABV.
Nose: A waft of apple bins, fresh cut fruit salad, a thread of smoke mixed with malty sweetness and a hint of black licorice candy.

Palate: Quite smooth on entry with loads of stewed fruits and salted caramel. Wood smoke, toasted coconut and a hit of ginger spice round out the palate on this medium-bodied dram.

Finish: Rich and almost dessert-like. Buttery raisin tarts wrapped in smoke are overtaken by a warming ginger spice that brings out a dusting of cocoa that ends with a dry minerality.

Overall: There's a lot of great malt in this blend and it sings harmoniously. To those of you who may have dismissed Johnnie Walker as over-hyped and over-priced whisky destined for conspicuous consumption, I think you may be pleasantly surprised by the return of the Green here in Ontario. Layered, food-friendly and showing a good depth of flavour, Johnnie Green might have just usurped the Gold as my favourite expression from the core range. At $79.90 in the LCBO, you may think it a bit on the pricey side for a blend but, given the caliber of the malt and the age statement, I'd say it's worth every penny. Recommended.


Thank you - didn't know this was back in stock.

Q. What about a 2017 Xmas Gift Guide??

Pleased to know I could be of service :) As for the gift guide, stay tuned!

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