It’s no secret that hubby enjoys a glass of whisky or two. Priding himself on having a collection from around the globe, the return of Johnnie Walker Green Label, after being absent from the international market for four years, was a topic of interest. Now I’m more of a rum girl myself when it comes to spirits, but with an enthusiastic nudge from hubby, I agreed to sampling a bottle of the newly returned spirit.
Johnnie Walker Green Label is a blend of malt whiskies from classic distilleries across Scotland that are matured for a minimum of 15 years. Four signature styles, represented by Talisker™, Linkwood™, Cragganmore™ and Caol Ila™, are balanced to create its distinctive flavour.
Wood smoke, pepper, oak and rich fruits comes from Talisker from the Isle of Skye. The Speyside malt, Linkwood, provides a hint of garden with its floral undertones and cedar wood whispers. Johnnie Walker Green Label’s malty heart and suggestion of sweet is a result of the inclusion of Cragganmore. Lastly Caol Ila, from the Isle of Islay, points to the sea through layers of fruit, sea salt and smokiness.
We have it both neat and on the rocks and find strong aromas of smoke and wood, followed by an element of bitterness similar to that of dark chocolate or strong black coffee. In the mouth it has a medium body with a trace of sweetness akin to dried fruits such as dates. A long peppery finish is sided with a mild sweetness.
This relatively affordable whisky does its job and makes a pleasant quaff. Thanks Diageo for the chance to try it.