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Best Value Scotch - 2015
International Whisky Competition
Blended: Standard - 2015
The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Blended: Standard - 2014
Scotch Whisky - Blended - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Blended Scotch - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Scotch Whisky - Blended - 2013
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.
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For this product's taste experience, just go down to your nearest fuel station and fill up a liter bottle. Hint - if you really want to enjoy a proper scotch, you'll need to spend a bit more. Ooooh, does that make me an "elitist?" Well, the truth hurts sometimes. I also agree with 27th December 2014 - drinking scotch mixed or on the rocks is for people who just want to get messed up, on the cheap, being able to say that they're drinking "scotch." If that's you're thing, though, enjoy.
29th June 2015
I have been a red drinker for some time but I am so frustrated by the poorly designed plastic insert and cheap tin cap. The insert has no smooth edges and the cheap cap catches and pulls the entire insert out while trying to pour….many times causing major spill and over-pour….cannot believe they haven't fixed this by now…..love the scotch…hate the cap and insert !!!!!
16th June 2015
I prefer the she tried malts and glens and bourbons to islays, not least because I stay in a hot dry country, not wild, wintery places. It does get pretty cold here for a few weeks and that's when I'll appreciate my Laphroaig, but mostly would prefer something like a cardhu or if I need a beast - Glenfarclas 105.Anyway, the Red is a good, somewhat rough peaty blend. I can appreciate the flavors over ice, not meant to have neat. And I defo can't defile any half decent whisky by mixing with coke or red bull, sorry. I got oily, phenolic nose, some fruity caramely sweetness, almost a whiff of creamy baby food on the palate, finishing with decent peat and a touch of salt. Not bad, if a tad rough for someone who likes em sweet, can understand why a lot of people would like it. I can appreciate a whisky for what it set out to be, and from that perspective I can easily say this is a pretty decent blend. If you don't like the style, have something else, don't blame a doberman for not behaving like a spaniel if you know what I mean.
11th May 2015
I thought I had accidentally pure cough syrup into my glass. I love JW Black and decided to try this. I ended up leaving half the bottle in my hotel room when I departed.
4th May 2015
I enjoy the single malts in my collection - Islay's, Highlanders, Speyside etc. But I also enjoy the JW Red. It's a well made spirit and just plain tasty. It has its place among the the single malts. It's certainly not a bad whisky at all.
25th April 2015
Ok, I'll admit I've tasted way better. Glenmorrangie, Bowmore, speyburn, name 'em... But one day I just decided to go JW instead of Jamerson as my regular booze. Wasn't disappointed; you can find the distinct scottish peatiness, with a touch of sweetness that is quite pleasing. Anyway, haters and snobs will hate because of the name and the fact that it is a blend. Try it instead of any regular whisky.
11th April 2015
not very good. alright for parties if you want something for mixing with soda.. But if you want something to enjoy straight, this is not the one you seek.
18th March 2015
good whisky with respect to price. some people really underrated it. i enjoyed it every time.
just tastes like vodka , yellow cheap bitter vodka
82.5 jIM murray's Bible ... Good Whisky ... worth Trying ...
16th March 2015
Wow man this stuff is awful. It even sucks as a mixer. I love whiskey but this stuff I can not stand. Im baffled by the good reviews. What the hick people!!!
28th February 2015
got turned off by a way too peaty Bowmore long ago....stayed with my sour mash and rye...re-entered the whisky world via Grant's...was impressed...then on to the whole spectrum (still under $100..)! this would include the Aberlour A'bunadh...today, just figured, why not, try JW Red. it's on sale...$22. almost got the black but figured better to start with this standby. floral, herbal nose..no sense of the ubiquitous 'grain'....not alot of depth (as expected) but the surface isn't superficial in the least! very creamy, sweet, peaty, warm honey, apples/pears...i mean, what a daily session afterwork etc dram! i still prefer the non-peaty Grant's, but this is solid. not for the newbie snobs #wetbehindtheears ;) cheers
14th February 2015
Some of the previous reviews seem to have been written by very drunk people or 7 year olds. Red is your basic entry level scotch, that's why every tavern on the planet has it! Tastes decent neat or on the rocks, or go ahead and dump ginger ale over it at 25 bucks a bottle why not? The snobs amuse me, most are wet behind the ears I guess. If you actually drink whiskey you will find Johnnie Red quite drinkable.
25th January 2015
I'm terrible at reviewing thing so I just say that I was disappointed in it.
24th January 2015
It was great 10 years ago, I got a bottle at Christmas 2014 for 30.00 what a waste. Out of the five family members that had it looked at me and asked what cheap kind did I buy. I have tried it a few more times, it seems to be a very bad bottle. It was sealed when I bought it. I just will never buy your brand again.
23rd January 2015
honestly one of my favorites.
19th January 2015
Decent enough as a cheap blend. Neat there's more than a hint of peat smokiness. Its sweet, young and somewhat oily. It lends itself best as a mixer which it is well suited for.
17th January 2015
This isn't supposed to be a Macallan 18. For $27, it's a decent budget buy. Ignore the hipsters and snobs, and go in with an open mind. Not a great scotch by any means, but you get what you pay for.
13th January 2015
This is a Scotch that competes with the lower end market. Red Label, it is what it is: An entry level Scotch that makes no bold claims. It offers an entry into Scotch for the mixers and the people who're price-conscious. I would buy this for a mixer. It's an okay sipper if you're desperate and low on money. But it still beats Jack and Gentleman Jack in the behind.
30th December 2014
The fact that many of the reviewers here state they have to drink this on the rocks tells you this is not a good scotch. Anyone with basic knowledge of scotch knows that ice should never ever be used in a "good" scotch. If you want to drink a reasonably price JW - then do with Double Black.
27th December 2014
I purchased (2)Bottles for some reason it tasted like it was scorched I have drank red for years but this you can't drink I bought this on a carnival cruise I don't know if I will buy again Grouse is better scotch
23rd December 2014
5th December 2014
A little smoky but solid. The Budweiser of scotch
14th November 2014
I enjoy it very much on the rocks.Full nose and palate followed by a long complicated finish, uncommon for a blend.Classic but I assume rather rough for whiskey starters.
30th October 2014
The reviewer with "Don't waste your time or your 10$" is a complete hipster. Absolutely the worst review I've ever read. Complete snob. Go review your mom.
29th October 2014
100 Piper n black did is way better
11th October 2014
This stuff is so foul. I am a scotch drinker and this stuff makes me spine cringe. There's no way getting around paying 40$ a bottle at least for good scotch man. If you can't swing it, just stick to beer or Jack Daniels. Glenlivet 12 is the cheapest scotch I'll ever drink.
8th October 2014
its holy water
28th September 2014
This is for party mix up or alone while listening Jehtro Tull. Welcome to the the great 70s zone
26th September 2014
The star rating is given for the buy. By that I mean Red Label is a good all around scotch if you're strapped for cash. Neat it's a bit rough (but I like it), on the rocks it should be pretty palatable for anyone, and it's cheap and flavorful enough that you can mix it without fear. Don't buy Red label if you're looking for the Johnnie Walker experience, this is their bottom line. Not taking price into consideration and based just on flavor/experience probably a 5/10, but great for the money.
20th July 2014
Rough, smokey, like a cowboy, the best 8 year whisky.The JW Black Label is complex, but too smooth, looks like you're drinking a juice or somethink; Ballatines 8 is the worst, being too sweet and fully alcoholic taste. Bourbons and JackDaniels are great but, in my opinion, they have a strange rich tutti-frutti taste, more present in Jim Beam. Chivas 12 is gracious and female whisky, it means a nice choice for impress the chicks.
12th July 2014
Save your money and search for Famous Grouse, also 8yrs old but way superior.
6th July 2014
I'm not really a seasoned whiskey drinker, yes I love a good single malt but they're expensive. So when I look for a blend I'm mainly after something that burns and tastes smokey. Its a really harsh and quite smokey blend that suits me down to the ground. I love it when they're rather rough for lack of a better term. I think I have a new favorite cheapie. Better than grouse anyway, grouse was too smooth for my tastes I'll give it a 7, its not going to rock your world but it is nice.
13th June 2014
I drank FG as an everyday scotch for years until an idiot at an annual fishing trip totally defamed the label by getting thunderously tanked.So...As an excuse to try something new, I looked around for a casual end-of-the-day scotch to relax with friends and found Johnnie Walker Red Label. I was pleasantly surprised. I drink it over ice slightly chilled and it's little more complex than FG...With a little more body and a nice smokey finish. All I can say is Everyone's palate is different, drink what you like, leave the rest.
10th June 2014
The comment below... "everyone gives so much hype"?? Really?? I've NEVER heard the Red Label "hyped". It's the house blend in many bars and it's quality reflects that - decent, easily drinkable blend that doesn't make you wince if someone orders a mixer. This is a perfectly solid blend and, for the price, is very good value.
Random desire to sample some whisky see if there's not somethin to this drink everyone gives so much hype. So drank it neat, at first just burn, a little flavor, then urge to gag by the end. I'm still enthusiastic to keep trying new whisky.
2nd June 2014
Very simple whisky. Nothing miraculous in taste and smell can not be foreseen.
31st May 2014
Decent stalwart of the cabinet. Afforsable and versatile. Sometimes people would rather wear trainers walking to work, as there is no point wearing out the souls on the good work shoes.
18th May 2014
Jonnie Walker Red is a good whisky. It's dry (not maple syrup sweet like Bourbon), with that barley/herbal undertone you find in both Scotch and Irish whiskies and with just a touch of smoke and brine for a very tastey and very drinkable blended Scotch. It's good enough to savour but cheap enough to really enjoy. Beats Famous Grouse easy. It tastes much better than some of the mass marketed single malts too while being even more scotchy (than both of those Glens).
13th May 2014
Tried it and at first did not like it. Came back to give it another shot after my palate developed a little bit. Not a bad whisky. I'd rather have others, it has some good scotch qualities, very slight smoke in it, spices and a brief bit of f ruits. Not bad, if you're exploring might as well give it a shot. Very accessible.
25th April 2014
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
halo,een vraagje,wai is de prijs van zo een fles,aubde fles heeft een oude stopzeldank bij voorbaad.Nuus Hennie
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