After being discontinued, Johnnie Walker Green Label 15-Year is back and here to stay, according to the Johnnie Walker website. This blended scotch is composed of Speyside, Highlands, Lowlands and Island malts that have been aged at least for 15 years, with the key signature malts being, Talisker, Linkwood, Cragganmore and Caol Ila.
I never had the chance to taste the Green Label before it was discontinued so, I can’t say whether this brought back Green Label is the same or different from the original product. What I can say is that this Green Label is pretty solid.
I am a huge fan of the Blue Label, my favorite Johnnie Walker product, and NO, I won’t tell you the Green Label is better than the Blue Label because it is not, however, for a much lower price, for the same amount of quality and craftsmanship you get an outstanding product that is good.
Nose: oak and wood smoke
Palate: wood smoke, vanilla, pepper and slight touches of sweetness
Finish: lingering notes of spices
This whisky is smooth and has legs for days. One of the first notes that hit my tongue as I tasted was wood smoke. Being a huge Islay fan I was surprised and happy with those notes. For those who aren’t wood smoke fans, you will be happy to know that those wood smoke notes are there momentarily, as the notes keep hitting your tongue they blend in with light touches of spice, vanilla and hints of sweetness. Making it a very balanced dram.
All the malts used in this blend, are beautifully blended and harmoniously come together. The average cost of this bottle is priced at $55 depending on where you buy. I would happily add this to my collection. It will never replace my love for Blue, but it would make my wallet and taste buds happy.
If you want a good Johnnie Walker whisky and can’t afford Blue, Green is for you. I highly recommend trying.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.