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Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

(70cl, 40%)

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
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Johnnie Walker Gold Label Bottling Note

The replacement premium blend for Johnnie Walker's popular Gold Label 18. It's structured around single malt whisky from Clynelish.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Honey and heather with thick caramel notes and a subtle nutmeg spice. Dried meadow flowers and a hint of fresh banana.

Palate: Smooth and succulent with a honeyed sweetness that's typical of Johnnie Walker. There's more to this though, the floral elements are quite prominent and there's a spiced sweet vanilla note too.

Finish: Long, sweet and toffee-like.

Overall: A typically easy drinking blend from Johnnie Walker, this will not disappoint fans of the style.

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Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Reviews

poor quality

young, harsh whisky, only some sweetness I found beside the alcohol
heavily overpriced

27th October 2020

Great tasting scotch!

This is a great scotch. Not sure why the hate??? I do not think this is worth an $80 price tag in my area but it is great. For 50 or $60 I would definitely purchase this. I had Johnnie Walker Blue two days ago and this definitely taste it better. I'm now looking forward to tasting the 18 year old gold Platinum.

16th October 2020

good stuff

I really appreciate the taste for the price it's my go to

15th September 2020

Excellent Whisky!

Wasn’t a fan of blends until I tried Johnnie Walker! Gold Label Reserve is the smoothest easiest drinking delicious Whisky I’ve tried! My favourite second is Double Black!

6th July 2020

Good for mixing, but not a dipping dram

To be honest, I wasn't very impressed.
It's a lovely whisky to mix with, such as a mule or hot toddy without feeling any guilt.
The floral and vanilla are in the flavours somewhere but it's mostly a good dash of middle of the road smoke.
I'd say for £42 it isnt bad but you can do a lot better with the classics that dont pretend they're premium whiskies like Glenmorangie and Glenfiddich.
But it looks good on the shelf and it mixes. So if you're curious about it, have a go!

10th March 2020

this is so easy to drink it has a great mouth feel to it honey sweet with toffee and mellow spice... a keeper.

creamy sweet, light smoke toffe with spice...very tasty.

30th October 2019

silky smooth , smoke vanila, unique but very pleasantly so.

Just to give an ideos of my taste. Im normally a Black label consumer and is my go to scotch whiskey. That said I have tried many whiskeys through the years and as good as some are it always seems to come back to black. I do however also consume some Jameson irish whiskey. Many whiskey connoisseur's would say Jameson is to whiskey what Bud is to beer. I would totally disagree with that. It just depends on the mood and atmosphere. Two totally different whiskeys of course. One more a party while the other more elegant. But the two serve their purposes very well.

I am familiar with JW labels. Not a fan of red at all. Besides black I am a big fan of green label and Blue is one the smoothest whiskeys going imo. But that's too expensive and is the rare treat. Imo as good as it , its not worth 4 times the price of black. I think the over price of blue in itself creates a lot of a placebo affect in many folks that your getting what you pay for. It is one the better/best whiskeys I can sip. But the price point is just so darn high and does not imo quite fit it so correctly.

Moving to this gold reserve. I find it something different. Not along the lines of any the other JW's. Many folks are finding that bad. however I find it quite pleasing. Silky smooth vanilla smoke is how best I describe it. Pleasant aroma , great taste , and although (vs the other JW,s) a very quiet finish that some describe as unsatisfying. But imo it is simply darn good. Not what the average red/Black/green/ even Blue label consumer might expect from JW because its just flat out different. But this doesn't at all make it bad. It just makes it unique but very pleasantly unique. I really do enjoy this......but....the price.

That's a problem. Honestly its probably more worthy than the price of a bottle of Blue is. But again its unique and not going to be what many fans of JW will like only because its not going to be what they normally expect from JW scotch. But Im finding this different/unique label a real pleasant surprise. Its darn enjoyable to sip imo. Id be much more happy if the price point was much closer to Green (one my fav's) or even of course the Black. In fact if it was priced with the Black they just might just find a whole world of non traditional consumers come aboard.

Picture it.....Black or Gold at same price point.....two very different lines yet equally enjoyed whiskeys from the brand.

It gets 4 of 5 because of the price.

30th September 2019

Sweet and smooth.

On the palate it is sweet, caramel, vanilla and floral nuances are dominant. Faint fruity and spicy nuances can also be noted. On the palate it is sweet, still caramel and vanilla nuances can be noted as of the palate. A little spiceness and faint oakiness can be nuanced as well. Very smooth. Finish is long with fruity and sweet nuances. It is a very good example of a meticulous study.

15th September 2019

Smooth and lovely

Typical brilliance from JW - they’re rather good at this blending thing - coming up with such individually tasty whiskies on an industrial scale is quite a trick. The Gold is lovely and smooth, floral, biscuity, herbal, sweet and spicy. Not a particularly long finish but lingers nicely.

26th May 2019

Very poor spirit, best avoided.

I am a fan of the Walkers. I am working my way around the family. So far Mr Red was a great houseguest. Supirsingly sweet and pleasant company. Mr Black was a smokey delight, his eldar brother Mr Double Black was even smokier and equally delightful.
Mr Gold came to my abode a guest the other day...what an unwelcome fellow he has turned out to be. I could go on about his uncultured manners, his roughness...but its quicker to say it tastes like rebranded Bells. Or even rebranded cheap brandy. Leave my house MR GOLD!

11th March 2019

For cocktails?

Ok, forgive me if I'm a bit harsh here, but JW Red Label has miles more integrity than this. It's like Red Label's blinged-up cousin who really doesn't have much to say except, "Look at my gold label! Let's go clubbing! Everyone will look at me!" Red and Black label are staples of mine. This will never be in my house again.

25th February 2019

this has a good malt in the mix. give this a try you will enjoy the Mojo in each Pour.

sweet honey and spice very creamy mouth feel nice toffee at the end

10th February 2019

A lot of better options for the price

Bought it at about 35 euros with a xmas promotion. At that price, it's ok to give it a try. After finishing the bottle, kind of got the idea. It ain't easy to make such a balanced blend with so many types of whiskies. But at the original price, there are many better options, for example, Nikka whisky from the barrel.

20th January 2019

Lovely, sweet and smooth

A lovely dram with a nice sweet finish - a great drop for an easy night in with friends.

29th December 2018


Top marks

2nd October 2018

Horrible product

Worst thing that ever got into my hands, me and my wife drunk 2 small glasses, wanted to die in agony for the next 4 hours. (coloured spirit)

17th September 2018

Why oh, Why and What oh, What?

Oh dear, dear me. The times I have defended the humble blend from my single malt indoctrinated cronies; and my shield of choice has generally been a certain Mr Walker and his labels of many colours. I got a bottle of Black Label for my birthday and it sang with balance, poise and, frankly, value. I then moved up to Double Black which was like Black but stronger and better. I got myself a shot of Blue which was like magic and then found myself a bottle of Green which was not only penny for penny the best of the lot but was probably the best in absolute terms too. So, my level of excitement when I found a bottle of Gold Reserve on offer was exceeded only by my level of disappointment after finally coming to terms with this miserable dram. It tastes like, at best, a watered down Black Label and at worst a watered down version of a local shop's own label. You can tell it's JW but it lacks any depth or the any of the usual quality. For nearly £40 per bottle, I can't tell what it is supposed to be - I think Gold used to be 18 years old but this bottle has no age statement and doesn't fit in at all to the otherwise clearly defined and obviously upwardly graded 'label' range. I am now left with 3/4 of a bottle of Gold to drink but feel more like heading out and getting some Spar's own brand - honestly!

31st July 2018


I remember reading an article some years ago when members of the public were asked what they thought Johnnie Walker was, and a most common answer was 'something to do with golf' (due to their sponsorship of the Ryder Cup for many years I suppose). maybe they should return to those times & stick to what they do best rather than impart another mediocre dram upon us.

18th May 2018

Gold Indeed

Amazing drink. Smooth. Your energy remains un-depleted (perhaps even replenished) when you wake up in the morning. No hangover.

6th April 2018

Ummmm no.

How this won best blend is amusing. Bought a bottle, so me review is not based on a sample. First dram, absolutely flat. With some oxygen playing a role later in the life of this miserable bottle, it became SLIGHTLY better. Still, you wont find this in my bar. Johnnie Walker Green not only cheaper, but much much better. Yup, this is just my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. Cheers!!

31st March 2018


Being a blue label lover I was a little surprised how delightful the gold label reserve taste I felt great the night and great the morning after glad I have 5 bottles left I just returned from st Thomas where I paid 50,00 for 750no not bad I also got 4 bottles of blue label on the cruise ship can't wait to get started on one of the blue label thanks ujw

22nd January 2018

Така младо!?

С уиски от Clynelish...
Без възраст, бъчви...какво!?

30th December 2017

Another cheating product from Diageo

Easy to drink for new drinkers and headache in the next morning due to young blended spirits.

7th December 2017

Very smooth and Smokey

I think it's good I do prefer the platinum over this one

8th August 2017

Poor replacement of the JW Gold Centenary 18yo

Like many others who posted around 2015 when the Gold Reserve hit the shelves and the Gold 18yo was still in stock the only good part was the cheaper price (and predated the release of the JW Platinum 18yo). The Reserve is but a shadow of its predecessor. Lacks character, little smokiness, bland on the palette and I had both Golds on a side by side tasting. Realising that the Centenary blend would vanish I managed to acquire 5 bottles every time I traveled to Taipei because there folks only go for Blue Label. That was in 2013 and have 1 bottle left - sad day when that one goes coz the Platinum Label is poor successor to the Gold 18yo; coarser mouth-feel, lacks subtle nuances that the Gold 18yo had and costs way more.

25th July 2017

Not bad if you can get it cheaper.

Very easy to drink. I got it on special offer, so i was happy with the product, but i'd be disappointed if i'd paid the full price.
Very sweet, with a honey and banana like nose. nice caramel taste and finish.
Not as complex as a nice speyside, but not a bad dram at all!

15th July 2017

Overpriced Ballatines copy.

No way. Not at this price point. The same as Ballatines Finest except I'd rather have two bottles of Ballantines Finest. Total cynical JW rip off and I don't work for Ballantines, just know my whisky. This is a total swindle. Shame on Diageo.

22nd February 2017

Quite nice, easy to drink

Nice caramel nose. A smooth and rich taste which gives a lovely finish. Not the best but very nice to chill and relax with

28th January 2017


The best!!!

6th January 2017



29th December 2016

Johnny walker gold reserve

Lovely tasting whisky Smooth on palette & Very Refreshing drink as good a blended whiskey can be almost near as blue & platinum
Delicious flavours

28th December 2016


It's my favorite drink and when ever I'm out of country I booze this only

28th December 2016

Ravi Rajapaksha


26th December 2016

One of the best

First time ordering..

28th September 2016


Unfortunately it seems the Gold Label has had to cut a few corners in production. Harsh taste and guaranteed a headache after a big glass!!

26th September 2016

Tastes like a cheaper Speyside I've had

Im not a whiskey snob but I've been around the block. I'd put me at a 4 out of 10 on the scotch snobbery scale... That being said, this Gold Reserve tastes like a $15 Speyside I had a few years ago. Earily similar; so much so that it popped into my mind like I drank it yesterday. I think it is a bit harsh for being closer to the top of the JW offerings. I much prefer JW Black. It's fuller, richer and not as rough up front. I'd like to get my hands on a bottle of the Gold 18 and see the difference. Regardless, it's definately drinkable and it won't go to waste. I'm just confused why I feel myself yearning for the Black Label when this bottle was much more expensive.


I'm off to drink me some more.

25th July 2016

A great relaxing drink

I highly recommend this drink if you truly enjoy to drink yur JW either straight or on the rocks

27th April 2016


It is good to drink

15th March 2016


The whole JW range is going down. Green is gone, so is the Gold 18. This has no complexity, overly sweet, with an unpleasant after taste. I haven't had the Blue Label in a while, I used to like it, Platinum is still good, but at much higher price. Come to think of it, many brands seem to be victims of their own success. Perhaps too much demand, so I am buying scotch far less often than a few years ago.

26th January 2016

Not a replacement to Gold 18!!!

Had my first Gold 18, 7 years ago. Became my favorite instantly. Was sad when they discontinued it, but just gave the Gold Reserve my first try this week. I had one glass, cried, and gave the bottle to my brother in law who will drink anything.


26th December 2015

A Sad Replacement

Spend the extra 15 and get the real thing, this is no replacement for the proper Gold Label (

This completely lacks the wonderful smoothness of Gold, is not sweet despite supposedly having toffee/honey /caramel attributes, and the taste is lacking any real depth. As a massive fan of Johnnie Walker this is a real let down - usually I buy every Johnnie Walker I try, or that I can find and afford (if you can afford it, Blue is simply out of this world) - but after trying this I'll only be buying them once tasted, as I wouldn't want to be stuck with a bottle of this.
The now discontinued Green Label was better than this, and was the same price (now its lucky to find a bottle under £100), and Double Black has way more to it for less money (ok, its not smooth, but then its not meant to be).

24th December 2015

Truly a Scotch Whisky Drinkers Delight.

A fantastic product from the Johnnie Walker range . A must for your collection .

11th November 2015


Bought a Liter bottle (totally gold bottle) in Mumbai, India Duty Free. It is fantastic. Drink it on the rocks after letting it rest for 10 minutes or so and enjoy. I think it is just as good as Blue.

13th October 2015


I'm not all that impressed with this offering. I much prefer Black Label. This has too much alcohol on the palate and lacks the rich flavor of JW Black.

24th September 2015

Simplemente exquisito

Lo probe es un dulzor agradable a paladar,suave para tomarlo puro y

6th September 2015

Taste is subjective

To all of these imbeciles saying "If you like this, you know nothing about whisky"... Taste is an INCREDIBLY subjective thing. Just because you don't like it, doesn't mean that it is somehow bad and none else is allowed to enjoy it. Your arrogance is amazing... Sure, I don't think this is the best whisky I've ever had (far from it) but that's because it simply isn't to my taste. It doesn't mean it's terrible and my old boss (the biggest whisky fiend I have ever met) loves this stuff. I challenge you to sip this alongside an ice cold Heineken in the sun and tell me it's not nice... It pairs incredibly well with certain lagers and that's not a bad thing at all. Not everyone wants to drink their whisky in an oak panelled speakeasy, boring everyone with their tales of when they visited this or that distillery. I don't really get a "honey" taste - it's more of a caramel/ginger taste for me but that's my point... Everyone is different. Thankfully.

25th June 2015



19th May 2015

Wonderfully smooth

By far my favourite whisky in my collection, smooth, creamy with a honey like taste.
I'll be interested to compare with the Platinum and Blue, but streets ahead of the Red and Black for the extra money.

3rd April 2015

Too Smooth

just tried the Gold Reserve at the Airport Lounge - somehow disappointing
Very smooth, Little complexity
Would not Buy it

8th February 2015

Very good

This is a very smooth drink. My opinion is that this is Great! but i would rather try an un-chillfiltered whisky i havent tried or 2 bottles of the Black label for the price!

5th January 2015


My personal favourite (i prefer it over blue)... have with ice, take your time, let the ice melt and just enjoy the smooth flavors...

2nd January 2015

Gold Reserve is a Joke

Johnnie Walker no longer makes good scotch. It's mediocre. And for the price there are much better products available. Anyone who gives this stuff more than 3 stars really hasn't been around the block with scotch. So my review is for anyone that likes good scotch and once liked Johnnie Walker, because once upon a time they made good scotch. No longer. now they just make good advertisements, copy writing and marketing.

The Gold is sweet, fruity, and biting with alcohol, it's a bit harsh. All the flavor notes are mediocre that fail to fully develop or deliver any intensity. It has a watery body and mouth feel. Save your money and buy something else.

25th November 2014


I really enjoyed it very very well........... for too long........ really something to enjoy moments forever n ever.........

22nd October 2014

Very Good

My Father's favorite

9th October 2014

One of my favourite scotches.

I prefer the gold to the platinum personally.

22nd August 2014

Drank the whole bottle in 4 hours

Couldnt put it down.. I dont even care that it cost me 80 bucks.. It was so smooth that I cant even describe. Iv tried alot of ~100 scotches and I thought this wouldnt be as good as some of the others.. I was wrong. BRAVO JW Gold reserve. Im going to have to find another bottle for sipping on lol. IS this one aged 18 years or what cannot find any info on the age.

14th July 2014

Ultimate superb scotch

An exceptional drink buy nd enjoy.

3rd June 2014


Smokier Diageo malts are nicely balanced by fruity and waxy whiskies. Overall, quite nice.

11th April 2014


i didnt know that whiskey taste that good like the platinum .

9th April 2014



Buy it... Enjoy it... Relish it...

This is an exceptional product for the price. Heck, this is an exceptional product, period!

16th March 2014


To be fair my review is based on the older 18 year--not this new blend but my opinion about adding water stands-- to be quite frank I never add water to any Scotch including cast strength regardless of what many of the so called experts do-- if you do stick to the 40 %%%-- or drink a diet coke instead-- why dilute any intended profile-- patchman56 the non-expert

14th February 2014


I don't think you add any water--- this is their best blend--I have had several of them in my collection including King George--- to add any water to any 40 percent-- blend or not is ridiculous

14th February 2014

Fantastic flavor enjoy it all the time

I never get tired of this one. Great scotch. Great price.

1st February 2014


Smooth clean smoky flavor. Nice.

3rd January 2014

Gold is Wonderful

The amazing taste of HW Gold is so much smoother than anything I've ever tasted. I can't wait for another bottle. Cheers

13th November 2013

Very good blend

Similar in some ways to blue, definitely better than blue price wise and not far behind on quality.

31st October 2013

Top Notch Blend

So much nicer than Black Label and I agree there's no need really to spend £140 on Blue Label. This is extremely drinkable and very smooth. My new favourite.

16th October 2013

Fantastic blend

I prefer this over the blue even not considering the price. Many more distinguishable layers than the JW platinum I have, creamy body with smooth spice, honey and a faint nose of banana and smoke. Better than some of the more expensive blends I've had.

8th October 2013

Wonderful stuff

Much much better than Black Label and no need to spend £140 on a bottle of Blue Label. This is wonderful scotch - drink it with just an ever so tiny touch of water....beautiful.

5th October 2013

the old gold label was better

The old gold label was much better. This one called "reserve" is not the same thing. Price/performance is ok.

2nd October 2013

karl dunne..

Great flavour....good to freeze for an hour or so...will not dissapoint..very simular standard to Platinum...just platinum has a touch more smoke..

13th April 2013


I'm more of a single malt lover but this is some fiiiine whisky. Amazingly smooth and probably the best blended you can buy for a hundred dollars.

6th February 2013

Good stuff

This is what Blue Label should be, flavor-wise and price-wise.

29th November 2012

allan mahabir

Amazing blended whisky,exceptional taste. I have not tasted anything better. Thanks to to my sister, who give me the opportunity to experience this fine blend.

30th September 2012

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