Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Years
Green Label 15 Years. Johnny Walker is still an elephant in the room when it comes to writing about scotch whisky. Adherents of the Faith would swear that Johnnie is everything they need in terms of scotch, and that everything else is just noise. You also have the Nouveau Aficionado, who would swear that the vile mixed villain has never, and will never, pass his lips. Johnnie Walker is one of the most well-known scotch brands in the world, owned by one of the world’s largest whisky producers and the world’s best-selling scotch brand by nearly a factor of three (17.6 million cases vs. 6.13 million cases of Ballantine’s in 2015), so it should come as no surprise to anyone who knows anything about whisky. Ask any modern whisky connoisseur about Walker, and you’ll get a reaction close to what you’d get if you asked for Bud Light in a San Francisco speakeasy. These days, big isn’t cool, and mass-produced means fake, according to hipster meaning. For all my talk of ‘craft’ and the joys of single barrels and small producers, I can’t claim to be immune to this way of thinking.
About Johnnie Walker Green Label
Unlike the other Walkers, Green Label is a blended malt made up of (unsubstantiated) 27 separate single malts, all of which are at least 15 years old (or, more likely, exactly 15 years old). The brand was abruptly dropped from the market in 2012 to make way for Gold and Platinum, and it has only recently returned after a four-year hiatus. Over this time, Diageo maintains that the recipe has remained unchanged. Caol Ila (from Islay), Talisker (from Skye), Cragganmore (from Speyside), and Linkwood (from Speyside) are reportedly among the 27 malts used in the recipe (also Speyside). Diageo owns them all, of course. The blended (or “vatted”) malt is distilled at 43% ABV and sells for between $45 and $55.