Wine Enthusiast 94 points - This maple syrup-toned spirit is a blend of Islay and Speyside malts, with no grain whisky added. The result is an effortless mix of lightly smoky and oaky caramel notes, and a smooth, velvety feel. A splash of branchwater amps up the peat quotient. - K.N. (Sep 2011)
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points - Exciting bouquet of fruit, brine, smoke, and transparent, grainy aromas. The palate is beginning to show some rancio notes, with a delightful saltiness to balance out the orchard fruit. Finishes dry like a fine cigar. (May 2016)
JOHNNIE WALKER GREEN LABEL is a rich blend using only malts, drawn from the four corners of Scotland – the naturally vibrant flavours provide unparalleled depth, substance and intensity. Each of the malts is specially selected by the Master Blender to create the perfect balance in the whisky.
Each malt whisky is matured for a minimum of 15 years to deliver rich, full layers of flavour. Coupled with the blending mastery of JOHNNIE WALKER, they ensure the characteristic smoothness and distinctive flavour of GREEN LABEL.
Four signature malts provide the key taste influences for this 15-year-old whisky. TALISKER introduces power and depth of character, CAOL ILA contributes mystery and intensity, and at its heart CRAGGANMORE provides a sweet maltiness, while LINKWOOD adds a final touch of finesse.
Blending using entirely malts produces a rich powerful whisky, with each one giving their own intense flavour and aromas to create a perfect combination.
With its rich gold amber appearance, this medium-full malt summons up a multiplicity of complex natural aromas. It starts on the seashore and drifts inland over moist moss and through evergreen forest. Then come the exotic notes of orange peel, stewed peaches, cooked black fruits and sour cherry.
John’s grandson, Alexander II, was a master of the art of blending. Learning his skills from his father and his grandfather, he was also an apprentice at Robertson & Baxter, an established distillers and wholesale wine and spirit merchants. While first class training is important, natural talent and a Master Blender’s perceptive nose are crucial when creating a complex blend – like Alexander Walker, today’s specialists possess both.
Like a gourmet dish, a Blended Malt Whisky’s success depends on its individual ingredients. Alexander and George, the grandsons of the founder, realised the necessity of using quality products, and after a long search for a distillery producing whiskies of the stature required for their blends, purchased the Cardhu distillery, along with interests in several other prime sites.
This tradition has continued and JOHNNIE WALKER now has the whiskies of 27 distilleries at its disposal, giving its blending team exactly the resources it requires to create the perfect balance of flavours for GREEN LABEL.
Today JOHNNIE WALKER uses this unique range of distilleries to handpick four single malts to create GREEN LABEL.