The Ultimate Guide to Different Johnnie Walker Options
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Johnnie Walker Red Label
The favorite of legendary British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Red Label, is the Walker line's most inexpensive. Inexpensive doesn't mean low-quality. Red Label has no age statement, but this blended whisky features a nose full of malt and lemon. Drinkers get hints of butterscotch and vanilla on the palate that finish with a satisfying smoke punch.
How does one drink Johnnie Walker Red Label? It's a reliable sipper with a cube or two, but Red Label shines in cocktails and mixed drinks. Try it in a classic scotch highball, Rob Roy, or the ubiquitous scotch and soda with a chunk of lemon.
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Aged for 12 years, Black Label is a step up in price and quality from Red Label. It is a worthy sipper, with smoke and stone fruit on the nose. Its palate features a healthy dose of oak and sweet honey, but what makes this blend unique is a noticeable but gentle peat expression.
Black Label is a fantastic introduction to more complex single-malt sippers, but it's a worthy bottle in its own right.
Johnnie Walker Double Black Label
The Double Black is like the wild, younger sibling of the classic Black Label. Like the classic, it's crafted from 30 to 40 different whiskies. What differentiates Double Black Label is the dialed-up intensity of the smoke and wood. While the classic Black Label is smooth and easy, Double Black's palate and finish are a roller coaster. You'll taste smoke, baking spices, and a wallop of menthol on the finish.
Johnnie Walker Green Label
Introduced in 1997, Green Label is where the Johnnie Walker labels grow more complex. Unlike the Red and Black Labels, Green is a blend of single malts aged 15 years. The mix contains no grain whisky. It is a pricey bottle but well worth it. The nose features deep toffee and hints of seawater. The flavors are complex, heavy on cooked apples and baking spices. The finish is long on intense wood and smoke flavors, rounding out a sipping experience that pairs well with a fine cigar.
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
Gold Label Reserve was relaunched in 2012 and is a blend of single malts from Cleynlish. Like the Green Label, it is one of the more complex sippers of the line and not meant for cocktails like the Red and Black Labels. Where the Green Label focuses on smoke and wood, the Gold Label shines with sweet honey and floral notes. The nose is a bouquet of oats, honeysuckle, and a dash of baking spice. The palate is a rich caramel, butterscotch fudge, and creamy vanilla treat. On the finish, drinkers will find hints of wood and apple pie.
If Black Label is an excellent introduction to the smoky and peaty flavors of Islay single malt, Gold Label is a beautiful companion to the heather honey sweeter Highland expressions.
Johnnie Walker 18 Year
Formerly known as Platinum Label, Johnnie Walker 18 Year is a rich blend reminiscent of Speyside single malts.The nose brings deep spice, cedar smoke, and vanilla, and the taste is thick with deep orange oil, cereal, and fudge. Drinkers with developed palates will notice gentle charred oak notes and, on the finish, an aromatic incense-like smoke.Put it all together, and you have a scotch worthy of a summer night tipple or a mid-winter treat.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label
ShopSK offers same-day delivery in the Los Angeles area on its inventory, including the famous Johnnie Walker Blue. You've seen the regal, heavy blue-glass bottle adorning the top shelf at every bar. Playwright George Bernard Shaw once called it "liquid sunshine."
But is it worth the price? The standard Blue Label is a blend of Scotland's rarest and most expensive whiskies, and on the nose, you'll find the signature Johnnie Walker smoke and a deep raisin flavor that suggests port or sherry cask aging. The standard Blue Label stands alone, but Johnnie Walker also offers several premium Blue Label varieties worth exploring.
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