Johnnie Walker "Green Label" or "Gold Label", what to get?

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I have a question for all of you in the forum. I am wondering what is better between Johnnie Walker "Green Label" or "Gold Label". OR, for the same price is there Scotch that is a lot better?

Any help is greatly appreciated, and I am very thankful for any replies to this thread.
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Gold is the only one I haven't tried. I'm not a regular drinker of whiskey but from what I've had black is probably their best overall value but there's still probably better stuff for the money. I can skip the peat and I like Irish whiskey better myself, Bushmills 16 year is a great drink. But as for Johnnie as mentioned above green is very peaty and not my taste, red is a little rough around the edges and blue didn't blow me away at all, especially for the price.
Is this a gift for someone? If so, you should try to find out what kind of scotch he/she regularly drinks and go to a good liquor store to ask for advice.

If the giftee is a single-malt drinker (and most serious scotch drinkers are) then the Johnny will be seen as a novelty but will probably not be seen as a real scotch. Here's a link to a scotch discussion on this forum. I can recall some other threads, but I haven't looked them up.

If this is for yourself then my best advice is to go to a bar that has an extensive scotch list and try some different styles. In Chicago I can think of about a half-dozen or so of that type of bar and usually the barkeep is pretty open to discussion about the different styles (altho not necessarily on a Sat night). You can try them by the glass and figure out what immediately appeals to you, what is curious, and what tastes like crap.

I'm a big fan of the peaty malts, but I can also drink a good MaCallan or Highland Park depending on my mood.
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Originally posted by PetiteSyrahFan:
Moderators, I apologize if this is in the wrong forum, and will completely understand if this is moved to a different forum.

I have a question for all of you in the forum. I am wondering what is better between Johnnie Walker "Green Label" or "Gold Label". OR, for the same price is there Scotch that is a lot better?

Any help is greatly appreciated, and I am very thankful for any replies to this thread.


i think the gold is a highlands

http://www.hitimewine.net/istar.asp?a=6&id=164828!1104

you might want to try the clynelish for a very similar taste but 20-30$ cheaper
This is rather interesting. I called up one of my father's good friends and asked him about a good Scotch. He does not live that far away and said he would be over in a little while. He showed up and poured me a Scotch that was just incredibly stunning. I am not even a big hard liquor fan, but this was a real wow one for sure.

The bottle he brought over was a bottle of 12 year old Glenrothes Scotch. When I told him that while I hardly ever touch hard liquor, this was incredible. Amazing nose, and smooth as silk. Wow.
I enjoy Scotch and single malt quite often, if I had to choose I would pick the Gold, but as previously stated, there are so many other choices in that price range.

If you want to splurge the "blue" is very good but again better choices for that amount of money IMO.
Each of the Walker blends is fine. I won't say that there are "better" whiskys for the price out there, but there are some I'd rather have. Try out the Aberlour 16 year, or any of the Glenmoragie's that receive special wood treatment. They have a Sauternes finished scotch now that I haven't tried, but the old standards off theirs are port, sherry, or madeira cask-finished and all are good. I would look to Irish Whisky as well, and suggest Red Breast, a 12 year single pot still that can be found for around $40. As a true single batch pot still there is bottle variation, but when its really on it can be a great dram. Also the Bushmill's 16 year is a more widely available Irish Whisky, single malt, with a candy orange flavor that rocks. I think that most of these choices are more distinctive than the Walker blends.
The Yquem finish Glenmorangie isn't worth the extra money.
I'd go for the Port or Madeira finishes, if that's what you're into.

Everything grossie said is on the button, except that there's no capital C in Macallan.

Personally I wouldn't buy either of the Walkers, neither for myself nor as a gift.
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Originally posted by PetiteSyrahFan:
This is rather interesting. I called up one of my father's good friends and asked him about a good Scotch. He does not live that far away and said he would be over in a little while. He showed up and poured me a Scotch that was just incredibly stunning. I am not even a big hard liquor fan, but this was a real wow one for sure.

The bottle he brought over was a bottle of 12 year old Glenrothes Scotch. When I told him that while I hardly ever touch hard liquor, this was incredible. Amazing nose, and smooth as silk. Wow.


you should try some small producer cognac or armagnac instead =)
Grossie's take is right on the mark

for a single malt drinker - the Johnny blends are novelty at best - a mistake at worst

for someone who really is not into single malt scotch - then the name recognition, taste and price point of Johnny Gold (not Green) might make it a good gift

Suggestion - classify your intended recipient first - then the answer will come fairly easily if you look at some of the other posts on this topic
G-man has the best suggestion yet. I love armagnac, and for about the price point we are discussing you can get some small production armagnac that will blow you away. For complexity and sheer elegance, all in a 96 proof package, there is simply no better way to spend a boozing buck.

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