Blended Scotch - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
What's in a name? Johnnie Walker Red Label whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Johnnie Walker Red Label whiskey, rather than whisky.
The nose is quite pungent and full. There are notes of heather roots, cut herbs, a touch of fresh fruits and honey. The palate is quite full and rich. There are notes of malted barley and potpourri, a touch of winter spice and fruitcake. The finish is quite long and pungent, there is a good smoke note with a touch of oak.
I'm a scotch/whiskey noob, have tried Tullamore, Bushmills, Crown, Jack, GlenLivet, Alberta Premium, and Johnnie Walker Red is in my opinion quite bad. I cannot drink it without noticing a strange aftertaste I have never experienced. I would be able to pick this out in a blind taste test, and that's not good!
5th March 2014
Don't drink it alone it's not nice just a cheap (ish) blended whisky. There are worse but all these sub 20 quid blends don't really offer you that type of drinking experience, it's the no 1 whiskey in the world remember but mainly due to the fact it's best with ice and a mixer I like if with ginger beer personally, and for that function it does job. On its own, I've had worse, but not something you would grab for a mellow wind down or to enjoy with a cigar, it's just it that sort of scotch,
1st March 2014
I'm a Jack Daniel kind of guy, but I went ahead and bought Johnnie Walker for the sake of trying something different. Big mistake. This whiskey has a very weird aftertaste. So far I mixed it with different types of sodas and it still taste weird. Never again! And NO, I'm not a Scotch snob...just a regular Joe here.
Only someone who doesn't know jack $hit about scotch would give Johnnie Red a bad review. And fyi the "smoke" is very faint, nobody normal would consider this "really smokey".
Best scotch for the price, hands down. Bushmills??!!?? Jameson??!!?!?!? Famous grouse??!?!?!?! Just stop.
14th February 2014
My interest in scotch is just starting to grow, so I try anything to culture my palate; doesn't matter if it has good or bad reviews.
Didn't quite appreciate my money's worth when I tried this alone, but it's amazing with root-beer or cream soda (amazing as in, I'd make it a point to keep a bottle of this in my room, if just to mix.)
-M.G. (MNL, Philippines)
31st January 2014
At the end of the day..... Isn't it nice to have the full set?
21st January 2014
If you've never had any other whisky, you might be able to take JW Red with a cold coke and somewhat enjoy it. But the moment you taste anything else, you will gag when attempting to drink this. Potentially, it can be mixed with some other ingredients in order to extract some of its flavours. But be warned about trying to drink this one straight. Also, when consuming this, try tasting it before other stuff because I noticed that how hard I snap my head back depends on when I drink it. If its first I'm more tolerant. If I taste it after another better whiskey (say Teachers, Jameson, Tullamore Dew, Wild Turkey etc..) I tend to be more critical. Acrid & bitter, with a ghastly finish that leaves a bad taste in your mouth like the neighbourhood whisky bully.
And you don't even want to know what morning-after a bottle of this feels like.
13th January 2014
Rough and fiery, but not lacking in flavor. Passable.
5th January 2014
Didn't have alot of cash and wanted to try something different. It's a little warmer than I expected. I personally thought that it was good, but bear in mind that I haven't tried Black or Green. It was an okay starter Scotch.
29th December 2013
The smokiness of this blend makes for a nice pairing with a fine stogie. I will find myself reaching for this more often than the black for a bit more of a jolt to my taste buds.
12th December 2013
I always wonder why people read reviews and then get mad at the reviews. It's scotch - it's something for YOU to consume. If YOU like it then drink it. If YOU don't like it then get something else. Listening to what other's say about it is nonsense. Snobs or not - everyone has a different palette and what you taste may be totally different than someone else. Try the stuff and see if YOU like it.
9th December 2013
I'm in the anti-snob group here. I started my single malt journey a few years ago and have only been exposed to malts from $50-$200. I feel a little cheated after drinking this. It's pretty damn good for $21.99. There is nothing offensive about this, and those saying so are truly not experienced single malt drinkers but amateurs partaking in simple snobbery. Try this if you don't want to run through all your good stuff, and need a value daily dram.
22nd November 2013
This is a good whiskey. Try it.
19th November 2013
It's smooth....I love it. Nice glass or two of red label on the rocks and I'm good to go. Fuck the rest.
14th October 2013
Don't listen to these Scotch snobs. They think they're so... sophisticated. Look, Red Label is a good solid scotch, with more complexity than most of the lower-priced blends (e.g. Dewar's or J&B or Whyte & Mackay). Try it on ice, or with a little soda water. Love it! In fact, I think I'll have one now. Or maybe two.
9th October 2013
they were good enough Winston, Joe Namath, Christopher Hitchings, Dick Cheney, who am I to argue,don't forget the Philadelphia lawyer of the Constitutional daily.
29th September 2013
Many years ago single malts were almost unknown and Red Label was the standard while Black Label was the premier. I've come back to both of these recently and they are both relatively good value for the money and when you don't want the full single malt these are nice blends.
My rating represents value relative to price.
31st August 2013
Not what i expected, there are better one´s on the market.
Straight not very complex good for mixing and cocktails.....
19th August 2013
Best straight up on ice, the way Brazilians drink it; the flavor of ice combines well with pungent flavor of the whiskey which is able to overcome the cold; it's all about combinations with blended whiskey; Famous Grouse tastes like soap after 10 minutes on ice.
11th August 2013
im no snob but by god if u like this u have no taste buds but hey if its ur thing fair play to ya do urslf a favour go off ang buy urself a bottle of black@white vat 69 jameson bushmills black bush alll good blends
15th July 2013
Cheap blend, ideal with coke, not nice on its own. Its not really intended fit this purpose, better than most cheap blends but not one to enjoy without a mixer.
12th July 2013
This blend is a steal, and my favorite. The elitists above need others to tell them what to like because they have no taste of their own. Sad.
6th July 2013
Johnnie Walker isn't for snobby purists - it's blended" - it's for people who truly care about how it tastes to them and no one else. I always chuckle about the purity nonsense - it's alcohol people - not exactly a health food. LOL
defo agree above me the frist bottle of whiskey i just brough to a house party at 4 in the moring eveing people drunk as monkeys called it piss doesnt say much about it
21st June 2013
if you have kids who show a curiosity in alcohol as most do at some time, and don't want the little buggers getting stuck into your decent scotch and watering it down hoping you don't notice, then take pre-emptive action and give them a taste of this vile fluid, telling them 'all whisky tastes this way'. this is a sure fire way to put them off for life
5th June 2013
GOOD INTRODUCTION TO THE JW FAMILY.JWR IS THE BEST SELLING WHISKY IN THE WORLD.GREAT FOR MIXING,TRY IT WITH APPLE JUICE AND A LITTLE LIME OR AS YOU LIKE IT.
AV RAMPERSAD/TRINIDAD/WEST INDIES.
15th April 2013
Now don't get me wrong. I like a good whiskey. I like single malts. I like blended ones too. Having said that, this is below the line as to what I'd choose - EVER. In our house its used to make whisky sauce to go with the haggis and that's the only time the bottle is opened. I suppose I don't need to say much more.
25th March 2013
This doesn't deserve such a low user rating, it's better than most cheap blends and is only criticised by whisky snobs because it's the best selling scotch in the world.
12th February 2013
This was never really meant to be a whiskey to drink by itself, it is best blended with Coke or Dr Pepper in my mind. It's delicious when mixed, not as great alone, but still a good whiskey nonetheless
21st January 2013
If you want cheap good famous blends dont get this ashtray full of smoke. Id suggest jameson or famous grouse.
16th January 2013
I only dink this if I have to chose between it and Jack Daniels.
Don't waste your money on this spirit.
20th October 2012
best befor the meal
22nd July 2012
wai is de prijs van zo een fles,aub
de fles heeft een oude stopzel
dank bij voorbaad.
19th June 2012
Take the advice of the name and keep on walking. bitter, oily, and very smoky. Nothing really makes it good. Very little redeeming character. I would not suggest drinking JW red.
28th October 2011
One of the best quality/price blend. Smoky and smooth, is a good way to start the whisky road.
27th September 2010