Demystifying the Colors of Johnnie Walker Labels

Johnnie Walker is a name synonymous with blended scotch whisky. It's one of the world's most popular whisky brands and can be found in almost every whisky lover's bar. The colored labels of Johnnie Walker are a flavor code that marks the quality of the whisky within. In today's post, we look at the significance of Johnnie Walker labels and the type of whisky they represent.

Johnnie Walker Red Label

For the beginners exploring the blends, the Johnie Walker Red Label offers both taste and affordability. The bold, characterful flavors of this super-premium whisky have made it popular among regular consumers. The spicy flavor profile and a robust, full nose give character to this entry-level expression. It has a full and rich palate with notes of malted barley and potpourri. The finish is strong with an excellent smoky note and a touch of oakiness.

Johnnie Walker Green Label

This is Johnnie Walker's only Scotch blended entirely with single malts. The expression produces notes of mochaccino and espresso and wood smoke with a touch of chocolate and oak with a rich and full nose. The medium-bodied palate has notes of crisp cereals, chocolate and coffee beans with a hint of dates and walnut. The honeyed finish is long and spicy. However, the Johnnie Walker Green Label is among the harder-to-find whiskies from the house of Johnnie Walker.

Johnnie Walker Black Label

First produced in 1909, the Johnnie Walker Black Label is among their iconic expressions. The 12-year-old blended Scotch is made from around 40 whiskies and comes out with a mellow smoky note. The nose of Black Label has distinct aromas of winter spice and treacle with hints of white pepper and citrus. The palate is rich, made from wood smoke, dry spice and hints of barley and cereal with creamy toffee. In addition, Black Label's palate has a distinct herbal taste and the dram finishes off on a fruity note with hints of sultanas and mixed peels.

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

The Gold Label Reserve replaces the now discontinued Johnnie Walker Gold Label 18-Year-Old. The new blend is structured around single malt from Clynelish. Like Green, Gold has a sweeter flavor profile with vanilla and caramel being dominant, but there are also more complex and subtle flavors of heather honey and blossom. The nose offers honey and heather along with thick caramel notes. The palate is smooth and succulent and has floral and vanillic elements in the mix as well. The finish is long with toffee-like sweetness.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label

The Blue Label is the most premium and rare label from Johnnie Walker. Legend has it that only one among ten thousand casks makes the cut. Rich and smoky, the blended Scotch is made from some very old Scottish malts and grain whiskies. Johnnie Walker Blue Label has a fragrant nose with notes of crisp spice, dried fruits and pastries. The supple and balanced palate has flavors of toffee, chocolate, grass and malt with a wistful smokiness. The good length finish is oaky, sweet and spicy.

So, there you have all the information needed to impress your peers the next time you pick up a Johnnie Walker. For more interesting whisky facts and knowledge, keep visiting us at The Whiskypedia.