Liquid Gold Award - 2014
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
What's in a name? Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old whiskey, rather than whisky.
The nose is quite rich and full. There are notes of mocchaccino and espresso coffee, wood smoke and a fireplace, a touch of bitter chocolate and oak. The palate is of medium-body with notes of crisp cereals, coffee beans and chocolate, a date note with a touch of walnut. The finish is quite long and spicy with honeyed sweetness and oak.
Over the last few months a online supplier in NZ has been sending pallets of the stuff to high end residents of Australia, paying upwards nearly double the price. Today I managed to import myself a case of now this rare scotch I've seen it on Ebay of $499 and upwards per bottle. And ppl are saying it's a very good investment
10th August 2014
Holiday at the Black sea in small town, Pomorie - and there it was, JW GL dusty box but in perfect condition. Bought it and two Makers Mark at a total of US 110 :O)
8th August 2014
never tasted it - but since its discontinued i thought it would be an excellent investment opportunity. 6 months ago it sold for zar 600 and now sells for zar1800 each in south africa. lets see what happens in 5/10 yrs :)
15th July 2014
Recently got into scotch whisky and somehow was able to find one bottle at a local liquor store. Unfortunately there was only one so I will probably not be sampling it unless I can find another.
2nd July 2014
Well, I have a few bottles, and love drinking a bit each night, and will be sorry when I can no longer purchases any... At least there is JW Swing, not the same, but I like it too.
13th June 2014
Bought a bottle yesterday for £32. Is this still being produced? I'm thinking it is, in reduced quantities...?
10th June 2014
As a single malt fan I needed convincing. It's good. I bought six bottles. Only £35 here in London.
23rd May 2014
Just found 20 bottles in the duty free shop in the small airport Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, if any of you should get through there. 70$ for a 1ltr bottle.
8th May 2014
I live in the South American country which is the largest importer of Scotch whisky per capita in the world. In downtown ciudad del este today just one of the many stores that stock Johnnie Walker had 75 bottles of green. They are $75 a piece mind you.
6th May 2014
I reside in Taiwan and its abundant at every store which sells alcohol at a price roughly abouve 30$US.....
EXPLINATION for the discontinued and why its still located here:
Taiwan is the 6th largest scotch whiskey consuming country in the world, despite its extremely small size. The Green label is still widely available here for two reasons: 1-Whiskey and Cognac companies, market the premium brands of their lines, making the higher priced products here (as an example, Hennessy VSOP is the standard, VS literally cant be found anywhere in this country, the lowest quality is Black, and that actually costs more than VSOP - I've looked and had to have regular VS imported). As a result of this branding, Green label isn't viewed as a premium brand, thus, it hasn't been marketed very well (it can be found at every 7/11), Welcome, Family Mart and Carrefour....EVERYONE OF THEM.
Reason number 2: discontinuation of the Green label was phased in, it wasn't discontinued here when it was initially discontinued in the US, thus, there is still a significant surplus......
Green Label, just as the original Gold Label have years stated on them (15 and 18 accordingly). As the demand of JW whiskey has risen and the company didn't anticipate this demand long ago, there is a shortage of the contents to create these blends. As a strategic move, the company is releasing lower quality whiskey (Gold Label RESERVE - no year on the bottle), maintaining the same price as the original....while its creating new brands at higher prices (Platinum) which maintain the same year as its predecessors at a much higher cost.....
Recognizing the fact that both the original GOLD label (not reserve) and Green Label, don't exist in America and will wont be here over the course of the next few years as well, have started to seek avenues to export to the US (however, right now I am hitting road blocks, and have a feeling that I will have to result to transporting them in my luggage during return trips).....
23rd April 2014
I should add that the buyer had not heard that Green Label had been discontinued, and said she thought her supplier would have more soon since I bought them out. I left my name and number, and told her I would return to buy whatever she could get if she would hold it for me. On the way out of town, I checked two other large liquor stores, and neither even had a facing for Green Label.
22nd April 2014
Everywhere I go, I look for Green Label, which has always been difficult to find. Yesterday, in the back of the liquor section of a Wal-Mart, I found five bottles of Johnnie Walker Green Label for $59 per bottle, and bought them all.
Not a regular of blended whiskey,but have been inspired by the comments
made.Will save them both for a special day.
9th April 2014
I got 4 bottle on March 4th, 2014 when heard that it was discontinued. This is by far the best JW label.
It is a true shame this bottle is going away. I wish I had discovered it long ago. As it were, nobody ever carried the Green label let alone even knew about it. Yet when I finally ordered a bottle through my local store, I found a bottle I could enjoy regularly. Unfortunately that first bottle was all I got before finding out it was discontinued. Luckily I found a case and snatched it up recently. Still, I believe Green would have done so much better if it were given as much press as the others (especially Gold). The best in my opinion.
31st March 2014
Was able to find a couple bottles here in the Philippines. Being a remote country, not many people know about Green Label, and store owners don't realize it's discontinued. They also don't price it as high as those who know that it's no longer produced so I grabbed the opportunity. Must say, as a newbie to scotch whisky, I see patterns about a whisky with a lot of hype that always gets shot down by critics; not here, all the reviews I see are positive, meaning it must be that good. I don't know if it's just the power of suggestion, but i tried it (with my limited palate) and I loved it. Will be stocking up on this.
7th March 2014
Haven't tried this for a long time but worth every penny. I usually stick to a variety of Malts especially Islay but stray to a quality blend occasionally This qualifies as quality
16th January 2014
I was on a business trip to Taiwan and saw the Green Label commonly available in convenient stores and groceries like Carrefour, bought a small sample bottle of 200ml to try out.
Being a single malt lover (and over on the peaty side) I was surprised by it's aroma and richness, especially long aftertaste. I almost couldn't believe it's a Johnny Walker (no offence by the way)
But the best part about this Scotch is its price, one of the best value out there!
13th January 2014
I found two bottles in my local Tesco recently ( 28th Dec 2013) very dusty boxes but I bought both for £30 each!!! one to enjoy and one to put into my collection.
I love a nice Blue, but this is almost as good at a terrific price. I much prefer this over the Gold. Highly recommended, and friends who aren't yet ready for a single malt take to Green straight away.
25th September 2013
I love this stuff - late at night, wife gone to bed and just the cat for company. Glad to see there are so many other fans of this great whisky. A friend prefers double black, which I also like a lot, but this has the edge I think.
12th September 2013
Certainly the best JW, and one of the best whiskeys on malt with very good price. I always miss you green, you were great!
21st August 2013
Good drop, smooth jw style but more complex taste. Very good stuff, perhaps the best of the jw range, gold, platinum ans blue also good and black is a standard for a cost effective blend. Shame it's been discontinued, still some bottles out there asda Milton Keyes where I most recently found it 32 quid 7 bottles left so I have 3 of those as not sure how long it will be around for.
Good drinkable scotch smoother than a lot of single malts at this price point and very drinkable.
Only negative is slightly too sweet so me at a time is enough but good start to go onto a more complicated drop to finish off a night.
12th July 2013
Picked up a bottle as the marketing states this will no longer be made and that this was a vatted whiskey from distillerys of single malts that I do like. I'm hoping that as it sits, it improves. The nose is the only thing going for it. The taste is "meh", but, the finish is faintly skunky. Very disappointed by the hype/reviews. May be the only & last blend that I try
3rd July 2013
For a vatted (pure) malt, not a blend, this whisky is just great full stop.
Imho not to be compared to either the 4 main whiskies in this Green Label vatting or the best of the malts which are out there.
Will be missed dearly, I'm lucky to have some bottles though:-)
26th June 2013
Got a bottle yesterday. Excellent
5th June 2013
I found this to be technically wonderful, a great aroma and complex taste and finish, but for some reason it just makes me sick, its got a nauseating blend of flavors that just dont seem like they were ever meant to meet. I seem to be in the minority here, but its not fantastic.
19th April 2013
Why they would want to discontinue such a great whisky, I 'll never understand. But I bought the last eight bottles my store had in stock!
14th April 2013
A VATTED MALT.THE BEST FROM THE STABLE SO FAR.SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN DISCONTINUED.GREEN IS THE WAY TO GO.
AV RAMPERSAD/TRINIDAD/WEST INDIES.
11th April 2013
Just tried this whiskey for the first time, I love the sweetness and spice! Very easy to drink. Stocked up with a few bottles before it becomes hard to find.
6th March 2013
One of THE BEST PURE MALTS has been discontinued...a big loss for all Malt Maniacs:(((
1st March 2013
But this one is good
28th February 2013
BEST JW ever
27th February 2013
It is,okay...I prefer the double black for that extra smokeyness...or the Platinum..for just a higher quality...cheers,
24th February 2013
While I love all the blends some more than others, Green Label is by far the best of them all, even Blue label. Specially for the price you cannot beat how great this tastes with just a couple ice cubes. Rough at first but after a few minutes of the ice melting becomes very smooth and satisfying.
21st January 2013
This is the kind of Scotch you MUST have with a good cigar. But if you're not a smoker, it's still a great Scotch but with the two together, the taste and felling is amazing.
13th January 2013
good but could be better
17th December 2012
Just found green label in my local supermarket £30 happy days. Jw changing bottle colour to green so will see it again soon...
14th December 2012
same price range and same points ... what do you think?
11th December 2012
I love JW and this is a stand alone from the others ..truely a great blend even better than the gold in my opinion...I'll have to stock up if true!!
8th November 2012
any suggestions since this is gonna be discontinued....
29th October 2012
There may be others you find more interesting. There may be times you need a peat or smoke fix, or want something really light, but nothing out there is as complete and balanced as this.
16th October 2012
What a great blend this is. what a great great whiskey.
23rd August 2012
so sad that this great dram is being discontinued!
8th January 2012
It is really complex, multidimensional. Nose is fresh, with fruity smoke, tropical oak and sweetness. Awsome palate, round with a mix of tropical tree notes with apricot.
Delicious finish, perfectly ending this nice blend show.
14th September 2010
A brilliant blend of malts from the people who, undisputedly, for generations, have crafted excellent whiskies. Unique in taste, rich in flavour, a pleasing all round palate, great balance of peat, sweetness, oakiness and an exceptional finish. A favourite and highly recommended whisky.
28th June 2010
my favourite Johnnie...
7th April 2010