It’s really quite nifty when a blended whisky is more than the sum of its parts. So how ’bout when a whisky is actually more like an exhibition of its parts? Kinda like an exploded view wherein you can see the workings and trappings? Well..in this case that works too.
Green Label is a blended malt, comprised of single malts, none of which are younger than 15 years. Since 1997 Johnnie Walker have been producing this nifty little gem by marrying Cragganmore, Talisker, Caol Ila and Linkwood. This polygamous little gathering is a marriage made in heaven.
It comes together nicely in its smooth and rich overarching theme, but is easily dissected into some of its components. The pepper and spice are reminiscent of Talisker…the smoke and tartness are Caol Ila through and through…while the Cragganmore and Linkwood would logically carry the big purple fruit notes and sweetness.
The smoke on both nose and palate (but particularly the palate) is rich and cloying (in a good way) like a fine cigar, while hints of leather and spice are both charming and complimentary. There is a little bit of peat distinguishable from the smoke that shows off a little of the Islay side of this one.
The arrival is big and sweet and carries a bit more heat than the other Johnnie Walkers I’ve sampled to date. It coats the mouth in thick slices of tingly peppers and bold flavors. Rich, warming and rewarding.
Though not as good as the black label, and not necessarily better or worse than the blue label, this certainly is a worthy addition to the JW stable. If you can find it…buy one. Quite highly recommended.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Pat