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A vatted malt (or should we say blended malt) from Johnnie Walker, Jim Murray awarded this 15 year old a whopping 95 points in his 2010 Whisky Bible!
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.
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I was a long-time fan of the JW Black... until I discovered Green. Fell in love at the first sip and it's been my go-to ever since. Still can't believe how cheap it is for the quality - nice to see it sweep the board at the INTERNATIONAL WHISKY COMPETITION 2016 awards! Sweet, and smoky complexity: I've got 6 tucked away in storage just in case they discontinue it again.
5th March 2017
Many people rated the previous incarnation of JW Green in hallowed terms and some say that the new expression is inferior. I can only comment on this new version, which is a solid blended malt (an oft underrated category in my opinion) but hardly special.There is a good dose of smoke on the nose and infused with the palate, presumably by virtue of the Talisker and Caol Ila influences. There is also a healthy whiff of sulphur - not the rank guff acquired from tainted sherry casks but the milder cordite influence that indicates less copper contact during the distillation process. Upon checking, yes, Cragganmore distillery uses the old-style wormtub condensers. I understand this results in a robust, full-bodied whisky with a honey-sweet edge and all those characteristics are certainly true of this expression. The finish has good length too. However the wood and spice are a bit of a bludgeon. At 15 years of age, I'd like a touch more maturity and subtlety.
23rd February 2017
All the character is washed out to not disturb anyone, a trick learned from Coca-Cola. This whisky is no different and not worth the price. Stick to real single malts and drink slower.(Come to think of it, this might be improved with a splash of Coca-Cola.)
4th January 2017
Best whiskey for such price. IMO green is better than the overpriced and overrated blue. Not a big fan of JW in general but this one is different and really unique. Tasted it first time in 2013, got myself the new version now. I think it even got better.Amazing whiskey, recommended!
3rd January 2017
Solid dram for the price, doesn't touch most 15 year single malts but very enjoyable for the price and better than plenty 12 years in the same range, basically like a really smooth version of Talisker with a little extra
19th December 2016
Brought a 1L back from Barcelona in the duty free for the same price as this 70cl bottle.Bought it primarily due to the Talisker and Caol Ila parts. I'd never really drank Cragganmore and certainly never had Linkwood (knowingly) before.I think I appreciate the Speysides more in this blend.The former two provide that peaty/oaky whallop that I'd expect, but the Speysides provide a more floral, sweeter note,.There is a definite chocolatey after taste, I couldn't really detect any walnut, but the coffee/espresso taste is quite prevalent.All in a super smooth blend and one I'd definitely look for again.
9th November 2016
First tasted while I was in Delhi in the year 2000 and instantly liked it, and tried it again and again and derived pleasure of it. Pleasant surprise it's again here.
27th September 2016
tried it again and again and it always delivers on flavour and experience, remarkably complex for its price.
17th September 2016
At around $60 where I'm from, it's a bargain compared to the gold, and as far as I'm concerned it's every bit as good as the over-priced blue which runs around $185 in my area.As a matter of fact I believe I'll invest in a dozen bottles this week incase they decide to stop making it again.
15th September 2016
Smooth, complex and mature and for this price you cant complain.
3rd August 2016
This is a great 15 YO whisky for the money. Based on reviews, I was expecting something a little bit unusual for JW, but not. If you like Blue Label and Platinum, you should like this Green as well. It has the same flavor profile, but more intense. You get the same kind of sweetness as the Blue Label, but then instead of the soft peat flavor, comes a pepperiness kick reminding you that there is no grain whisky and it's 43%. Great in my opinion. If you are a black label fan, you can't be sure about liking this. But if you, like me, only like the BL or Platinum, you will definitely like this Green. Especially useful to alternate between sherried single malts, depending on your mood.
26th July 2016
loved this it's a notch up from the gold label but I still preferred black label overall , a sharper more traditional taste I enjoyed a bottle over a week ,the only way I think to get an overall impression of the taste
2nd June 2016
Is there a better whisky in the world for the price ?
1st June 2016
I want to make it simple, Johnnie Walker Green Label is one of the best vatted malt I ever had! And Master of Malt is for me one of the greatest Seller. I live in the US, but I am their client as well, they do a such great service and I am very happy with my last purchase of 3 Johnnie Walker Green Label bottles. Fast shipping and professional package, I encourage anyone to buy from them!Alysson Osco
8th May 2016
7th May 2016
Discovered this gem about four years ago after a long run of only single Malts. I only knew the Johnnie Walker brand with the Red & Black label, and of course, Big Blue. Johnnie Walker Green Label changed all that, and I have become a big Johnnie Walker fan. With double Black being my poor man's substitute for the vanishing Green Label over the past couple of years. Now that the Green is back on the shelf, hopefully not some sick joke, I'm back in the saddle with this fine tasty drink and very happy. Go Green
28th April 2016
I have found a liquor stores that is selling this ridiculously low priced at $ 49.99 USD plus tax. I have 4 bottles hidden away and I pick up whenever they have them. Not going to say the store where I found them!
9th April 2016
The first time I sampled this grog was some years ago. I sat there smelling it for about 10 minutes before I even tasted it. That was the old pre 97 lot. I still think that was better than the current offering, though the new stuff in 70 cl bottles is still quite fine. I like it as well as most single malts, and better than any blend. I also approve of the 43% alcohol rather than 40%.
Always been a fan of the JW black (got me into whisky that one!) but tried this for the first time. Have to say I am impressed - the Talisker and Cragganmore really stand out for me. Very well-balanced and the nose is malty prunes, tobacco, coffee and a smoky/peaty tang. I could spend a good while nosing this one! Always a bit dubious of paying so much for a 'generic' blend but this is well worth it imo. Fine neat but a touch of water opens up the more floral notes and seems to bring out more of the smoke. Can't compare to older bottling but this is a fine whisky and more rewarding' than some single malts I've tried.
2nd April 2016
Waited a while for this but it's now, wonderfully, available again. Typical JW smoothness - they are truly skilful blenders. Perfectly balanced between sweet, cereal malt, a spicy finish, and a lovely warming hint of smoke (I don't know the malts that are blended here, but I think I'm detecting Caol Ila in the mix). It's not as exciting or punchy as some other vatted malts, Spice Tree for example, but it's certainly of a superior quality than the perfectly drinkable Monkey Shoulder or Sheep Dip. JW, as always, feels and tastes professional, but not clinical...individuality on an industrial scale..it's quite a trick to pull, but they do it with style here.
29th March 2016
I've been a long time JW Black fan. I love the deep smoky flavor and it is usually available at most establishments. However....JW Green is unbelievable for a blended Scotch. Smooth, delicious, and a fantastic finish. I'm headed back to the store to buy up the rest of their stock. (Never can have too much). I've shelved my Balvenie for this blend. If you've never had it, buy it and enjoy, you will NOT be disappointed.
5th March 2016
I was so sad when they stopped production a couple of years ago and have jealously protected my last 2 bottles. As soon as I learned it was back on the market I ordered a couple more and will now be a happy man for many nights to come.
29th February 2016
Loved it. Lucky to get one. Really smooth.
7th January 2016
The best blended I drank. Really smooth with a sweet entry taste. Comparable with those much expensive single malt versions. Wonderful stuff! Can't believed that it is a blended.The other really good stuff is Gold label from JW as well.
6th January 2016
Magnificent drop, the Best of all Johnnies without any doubt. I was saving this bottle for Xmas and it is worth every minute waiting. Even when to get a bottle of this heavenly scotch is almost impossible now and quite expensive, go for it if you can. This drop has everything, spiciness, fruitiness, vanilla, peat... -you name it :-))There is no grain taste like in other Walkers (Vatted mix) so you can really enjoy the full malty flavor.
25th December 2015
and I grab bottles whenever available. Wish it would come back into North America distribution.
21st December 2015
I don't like blended whiskeys, I prefer old single malts or bourbon firewaters. But this is something else. So smooth and subtle it works as a sipper or a whackback. If you like a potent peaty or smokey whisky you might find this a disappointing drink and you could feel cheated at nearly ninety quid for a bottle. But if you want to drink the most skilfully blended silky smooth whisky ever made, treat yourself to this.
13th December 2015
This is the best malt blend I ever tasted. Period.
3rd December 2015
Lo Mejor de Johnnie Walker, lastima que ya esta descontinuado, Un Tesoro para quien tengas alguna botella celosamente guardada.
18th October 2015
Best of the group. Gold label reserve is pretty good as well but cost much more. Was disappointed with the blue label and the platinum label. If I can't get green label I will stick with the red label which I find to be very interesting with a young spicy flavor and a hint of Peat and a great price. Do not care for the black label, some people may like the smoky flavor but I find it smoky to the point of almost charred. Johnny Walker, please please please bring back the green label for North America.
5th September 2015
I'd have to say that this is the nicest whisky I've ever tasted. I refer to the newer release, not the one in the photo above. It has a smoky taste and a hazy appearance when water and ice are added. I've recently had JW Platinum, Double Black and Glenlivet 12 year old and I much prefer the Green Label over any of these. I've now cleaned out 3 bottle shops in my town and if you've half a mind you'll get down and pick up whatever you can in this limited release.
6th August 2015
All i can say is WOW. tried a new version of this the re-release 2015 version. WOW WOW WOW! I just had a dram of glenlivet 18 before this, and I hate to admit it but i think the johnnie green is better in terms of flavour and delivery. Nose is quite full, lots of sweet cereal notes. Palate is nice and creamy, super smooth and then moves to a dry medium slighty smoky finish. I can say that the 2015 version is very sweet, like it is very sweet. It dosen't have much peat and smoke flavor, just a bit. It tastes like a really sweet speyside malt with lots of body and tad of smoke. If you're feeling for a sweet, full flavoured, rich dram this is for you. good stuff!
28th July 2015
I feel that Johnnie walker green is one of the best whiskies ever produced it has a lovely smooth taste and a great rich aroma it is best served on its own for maximum flavour and worth every penny of the price.
27th July 2015
I'm giving this a rating of 10 stars as there is no 9.5 rating and it really does deserve it. This edition is just terrific, I picked up a bottle and drank from it two nights in a row... went back to get more and they had sold out on the day I bought it apparently. Now where do I get more?It's really great on the nose, the flavor develops with just wonderful balance and everything you could expect from a whisky. And it is so much cheaper than what I normally drink. When I pick it up I thought what's the harm it's only a bottle of Johnnie Walker, but it's so much more, how is something like this in a Johnnie Walker line up?As to the guy that prefers black label, which is just average, staggers me. This is no ordinary whisky and I love tasting whisky.
4th July 2015
I try but the Black Label taste better than the Green Label
30th June 2015
I live in Florida and never tried the original Green label I got into drinking scotch after got discontinued. I was happy to see it coming back into U.S market this year in 2015. It's readily available in many places for around $60 but it's the new version and I'm enjoying it very much also stock piling for future you never know. Well back to my main point after almost giving up on finding the original pre 2011 version even searching internet and international pages, to my surprise there was one bottle left in a back storage overlooked in my local liquor store. I was so excited I bought it right away:) for a normal price. crappy thing is now I have to wait for a special occasion to taste it:)cheers
21st June 2015
Many years ago found the Green- superb- sad at its ending- FOUND it again- just sampled the new release- back came all of the great feelings of sipping a wonderful single blended malt!! I hope it continues.
16th June 2015
according to official JW facebook page they are going to re release the green label throughout Australian selected retail shops in the next 2-3 coming weeks
21st May 2015
I'm a single malt guy personally, but I'm aware enough to know that I needed to find this stuff. After looking around it was nowhere to be found until i stumbled upon 6 bottles at a local liquor warehouse store. I bought 2 bottles for $46 a piece which i think is a steal. It's very good scotch and I'm quite impressed with the full flavor and smoothness. I think I'm going to go back and buy one or two more as an investment because I don't see it listed on the JW website with their other labels, so I believe it is discontinued and may be worth something in the future. Also it doesn't hurt to have something this tasty lying around for desperate times.
20th May 2015
I recently found 4 bottles in Vientiane, Lao and snatched them all up, at a price about the same as black would cost here in Thailand. It seems not as fragrant as I recall from 5 years ago (perhaps my nose has decayed?), yet it still rolls on my tongue like velvet tadpoles...
19th May 2015
I'm with you and your comments about is being a little different from the original Green I like so much...tastes a lot like Black Label, although I think the Double Black is as good,if not better than the new release of Jonnie Walker Green; I found this at Costco. Probably won't buy it again and just go for the Double Black for blended scotch. My preference is for a single malt!
5th April 2015
yes i saw a few people are finding it in Taiwan. Apparently they have a small operation still producing the original for Taiwan only.They just released it again for internationally though in the new bottle. I got a bottle and tried it. I'm not sure what to think though I have the feeling it is a new blend because I remember Looooooving this scotch before it was discontinued and now... meh it's fine, but I was missing that old warm balance and complexity that i remembered. Maybe my palet has changed but it tasted a lot more like the red and black labels to me so I'll probably go back to my Ballentines 18 year for the same price, which is what i switched to when they discontinued... after a little cry.anyone else feel the same way or am i way off?
27th March 2015
I also found a bottle (they had three) in my local store. I picked one up. And yes the bottle does seem to be different from the original. It's basically the same bottle and label as the black just with a different top.
5th March 2015
I was surprised to find 6 new bottles at my local store. The bottle was of a different shape and label slightly different that what i am used to. Is Diageo re-releasing it in the US market?
21st February 2015
I just found one in downtown Saigon. I know it is legit as I have been buying my scotches from this man for years. He sold it at the original price of approximately $30USD. Very excited to keep this tucked away. I have had it before and honestly prefer BLACK LABEL above all others. My rating is based on prior experience.
7th February 2015
I am used to single malts so I was surprised to see this whilst on holiday in taiwan. $10US and it sells for $400 on ebay in Australia..... It's a lovely sweet complex drink though. Will take some home.
8th January 2015
i got this one Johnnie walker pure malt, Extra Special pure highland malt whisky from kilmarnock, scotland. i don't need it if you want you can buy it.
18th December 2014
there is still lots of GL in Taiwan market.it just like the abc whisky in TW
13th November 2014
Found 4 on a dusty shelf, opened one. Enjoyable but prefer double black myself. Will save the others to the collection.
4th November 2014
my local abc store has upwards of 10 bottals and so do many other stores im my area
5th October 2014
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 $499 and upwards per bottle. And ppl are saying it's a very good investment
10th August 2014
Holiday at the Black sea in small town, Pomorie - and there it was, JW GL dusty box but in perfect condition. Bought it and two Makers Mark at a total of US 110 :O)
8th August 2014
never tasted it - but since its discontinued i thought it would be an excellent investment opportunity. 6 months ago it sold for zar 600 and now sells for zar1800 each in south africa. lets see what happens in 5/10 yrs :)
15th July 2014
Recently got into scotch whisky and somehow was able to find one bottle at a local liquor store. Unfortunately there was only one so I will probably not be sampling it unless I can find another.
2nd July 2014
Well, I have a few bottles, and love drinking a bit each night, and will be sorry when I can no longer purchases any... At least there is JW Swing, not the same, but I like it too.Thanks....
13th June 2014
Bought a bottle yesterday for £32. Is this still being produced? I'm thinking it is, in reduced quantities...?
10th June 2014
As a single malt fan I needed convincing. It's good. I bought six bottles. Only £35 here in London.
23rd May 2014
Just found 20 bottles in the duty free shop in the small airport Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, if any of you should get through there. 70$ 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 commentsmade.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