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The Return of the Green

The Return of the Green
April 11, 2017 Jackie Teo

The Johnnie Walker Green Label is back!

In 2012, Diageo’s took this popular expression off the shelves globally (except Taiwan) as the company was revising its portfolio after the launch of the Gold Label Reserve and Platinum Label. 

I, like many whisky enthusiasts, love the Green Label. It’s a great everyday dram, at a great price. The fact that it’s a blend of only malt whiskies would have also added to this expression’s appeal. 

A bit more about the Green Label

For the Green Label, the blenders from Johnnie Walker chose four distilleries that represented Johnnie Walker’s four key signature styles. 

The Green Label contains whisky from Talisker. This distillery, located on the Isle of Skye, offers wood smoke, pepper, oak and rich fruits, gives the blend power and depth of character. The ‘volcanic’ note in particular, sets Talisker apart from other distilleries.

Whiskies from Linkwood are used primarily in blends, which is probably why official bottlings are rare. This is a Speyside malt and it adds the finesse to the Green Label with its light garden fruits and flowers and cedar wood notes.

Cragganmore is another Speyside malt. It is most famously described by late whisky writer Michael Jackson as having “the most complex aroma of any malt”. Whiskies from this distillery is generally sweet, fragrant and gives the blend an exceptional malty heart as well as hints of sweet wood smoke and sandalwood.

Finally, Caol Ila – a malt from Islay that adds intensity to the Green Label through its notes of rich fruit, drying sea salt and peat smoke.

Here’s Johnnie Walker Master Blender Dr Jim Beveridge’s take on the Green Label: “The challenge of Johnnie Walker Green Label is to have a wide flavour spectrum from malts matured for at least 15 years in American and European Oak, ensuring that those flavours really complement each other and work in harmony to create a blend of great complexity which, at its heart, is true to the Johnnie Walker style of big and bold flavours with a signature smokiness. Crafting this blend is all about making the aromas more pronounced and vibrant, allowing us to shape a blend that has the depth of character which just isn’t possible from one malt whisky alone.”

The Johnnie Walker Green Label is priced at S$101 (75cl bottle) and available at selected retail stores and e-commerce partners.


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