Johnnie Walker Green Label, the brand’s 15-year-old blended malt expression, is making a comeback five years after being axed from the range. Johnnie Walker brand owner Diageo discontinued Green Label globally in 2012 (except for Taiwan, where demand for blended malts is exceptionally strong), as part of a revamp of the range that saw the introduction of Gold Label Reserve and Platinum Label. Crafted specially from a blend of Speyside, Highland, Lowland and Island malts, Johnnie Walker Green Label brings the distinct character of single malt whiskies with an injection of depth and complexity.
Nose: gentle, soft with toffee, apple skin, hints of wood shavings and light peat smokiness. Pleasant and well-rounded. In time becomes sweeter and more medicinal, with notes of orange and iodine.
Taste: sweet, woody Speyside character at the front (lots of Cragganmore in the blend, evidently), followed by smouldering peat. Somewhat bitter at the back of the tongue. Malty and full-bodied overall, with good balance between sweet notes and peat smoke.
Finish: Smoky but not too strong
Balance: a tasty malt indeed, walking a fine line between Speyside and Islay character. The bitterness towards the end throws the balance a bit but doesn’t spoil the overall experience.
The Johnnie Walker Green Label is available at $101 at selected stores in Singapore and internationally.