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Monday, September 19, 2011

Johnnie Walker green Label

The pure malt amongst the Johnnie Walker 'family', bottled at 15 years old. A great gift malt, and a good, sweet but hearty malt with bags of character. The lead malts in this are Talisker, Linkwood, Cragganmore and Caol Ila.

Sold in just a limited number of countries, it has been recommended, by those lucky enough to have experienced it. Named 'Best Blended Malt' by international judges the popularity of and demand for this whisky has grown to such an extent that J.W. can no longer keep it a secret.

This success has led to it being renamed Green Label and joining the core Walker family. It will now be available much more widely to allow more people to share in this exceptional whisky.

Its unique flavour is created by blending only a selection of vibrant 15-year-old malts - whiskies selected for their intense flavours and distinct tones. They are combined in a delicate balance and it is for this reason that the flavour of Green Label seems to change each time you pick up the glass.

This is an outdoors whisky - an external one, a 'natural' one. There's a hint of forest, shore and fruit. Shut your eyes and think about where it takes you. Outdoors, in the woods after rain. Concentrated, intense flavours work together while retaining their individuality. The different elements are in evidence yet also in harmony. It changes every time you pick up the glass.

Green Label is one of those spirits that you learn to appreciate more with every glass – I didn’t appreciate this whisky nearly as much as I did after a few glasses later on a different day when the complexities and the subtle variations were more obvious.

Green Label — a blended malt using only four malts "drawn from the four corners of Scotland" – the intent of the blend is to deliver depth, substance, intensity. Each of the malts is selected by the blender for balance and each malt whisky is matured for a minimum of 15 years

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Johnny Walker’s new Double Black Label

Double Black Label — a new addition to the Johnnie Walker Family of Whisky. The whisky was created taking Black Label as a blueprint and adding heavily-peated malts and some aged in deeply charred oak casks

Recently, Johnny Walker unveiled a new delicacy for the discerning whisky connoisseur, the Double Black Blended Scotch. This new blend excellently represents Walker’s brand heritage and further pushes the typical Johnny Walker tasting notes to another degree of refinement. Regarding JW, the peat-level and smokiness reveals a truly new aroma, which already scored a masters award from this years World Whisky Masters Awards. If savoured entirely, the tinted charcoal grey bottle will remain as a keepsake, recalling the hours of relief, contemplation and sophisticated conversations.

Double secret probation and double rainbows may be old news, but Johnnie Walker Double Black is different. Created around a similar premise to Belvedere’s Intense Vodka, this blended scotch whiskey is designed to provide a bolder, smokier flavor compared to its ubiquitous predecessor. The added flavor comes from taking the original spirit and aging it longer with peat flavored malts in charred oak barrels. It’s only available in select duty-free airport stores and will cost you 20% more than regular Black Label, but you should see Double Black Label stocked at your local spirits purveyor sometime in March 2011. If you do manage to get your hands on a bottle though, be sure to save it for the special occasions where one just isn’t enough. In other words… know any twins?

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Johnnie Walker black Label Scotch Whisky

The name Johnnie Walker is one of the best known in the world of Scotch, the square bottle, colored labels distinguishing the blends and the complex flavors have all combined over the years to make this Scotch one of the best selling in the world. The key to Johnnie Walker's success is the consistent, beautifully mastered blends and the Black Label is a shining example of the art of blending fine whisky for a reasonable price. In 1820 John Walker began blending whiskies and in 1909 his son Alexander brought the family business to a new level by relaunching an old recipe under a new, easier to call, name: Black Label.

Whisky blends, like people, have individual characters. Some are smooth and polished in their manners, but may be short of character; then there are others that have strength, but lack lasting presence. But a characterful whisky blend, like a person, should be interesting to get to know. If everything is divulged at once, then there is nothing further to be revealed. However, if you feel that there's more to discover, then you will want to explore your acquaintance further.
Johnnie Walker Black Label has an enigmatic character. The first sip leaves you with an overwhelming curiosity to discover more. As Black Label's deep taste unfolds a myriad of flavours are revealed in several waves: first, there is an impression of silky richness; then deep and fruity foreground flavours give way to drier peaty nuances, followed by the complementary flavour tones of sweet vanilla and raisins.

This unique complexity is achieved by expertly blending an extremely diverse, but complementary range of malt whiskies, each of which has been matured for a minimum of 12 years and some for much longer. In total, up to 40 malts and grain whiskies make up the Johnnie Walker Black Label blend. Island and Islay malts deliver spice, richness and lingering peat. Speyside malts make an important contribution to the depth of taste, bringing smoky malt, fruitiness, apple freshness and a rich sherry character to the blend. At the heart of Black Label lies 12 year old Cardhu, an outstanding malt from Speyside, which imparts silkiness, a characteristic which has made it famous as a single malt.

Like a growing friendship between two people, getting to know Black Label is a profoundly satisfying experience that reveals new pleasures every time you meet. It's a taste that goes deeper than any 12 year old deluxe brand.

Black Label — an 80 proof (40% ABV) blend of about 40 whiskies, each aged at least 12 years. Writer Christopher Hitchens has called this his drink of choice, referring to it as Mr. Walker's Amber Restorative.

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Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch Whisky

Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch Whisky is the world's largest selling scotch whisky.
The blend contains 35 malt and 5 grain whiskies.
Malts in the recipe include Aberfeldy and Cardhu.

Red Label — an 80 proof (40% ABV) blend of 35 grain and malt whiskies. It is intended for making mixed drinks, although it drinks fine on its own, being rather maltier than the other Walker colors. According to William Manchester this was the favorite Scotch of Winston Churchill, who mixed it with soda.

Many whisky blenders make the mistake of thinking that to produce a brand of Scotch Whisky that will be popular internationally, they need to create a blend with not much flavour. Nothing could be further from the truth as Johnnie Walker Red Label has proved. It is the world's most popular whisky, yet it has a distinctive strength of character and a fullness of flavour that sets it apart from other brands.
When Johnnie Walker began in business in 1820, he developed an immense respect for malt whiskies with real flavour. In particular, he favoured robust Islay and Island malt whiskies, because they added depth and vigour to his blends. His grandson, Alexander Walker, inherited all his grandfather's blending skills and his taste preferences. When he developed the Johnnie Walker Red Label blend, he made sure that, although it was much smoother and somewhat lighter than many of its contemporaries, it retained the authentic flavour of traditional Scotch Whisky.

That was at the turn of the century. Within twenty years Red Label had become the first truly global brand, sold in over 120 countries around the world. It also gained a devoted following at home in Britain. King George V liked Johnnie Walker whisky so much that he granted a Royal Warrant to the company in 1933, and Johnnie Walker has remained an official purveyor of whisky to the Royal Household to the present day.

Red Label whiskies have consistently won awards in competitions; recently Red Label won Gold and Grand Gold Medals at the Monde Selection Awards, one of the drinks industry's most respected international events. And in 1996 it won a Gold Medal in the International Wine and Spirit Competition in the blended Scotch Whisky category.

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