These points aside, I am a believer in drinking what makes you happy regardless of artificial coloring and chill-filtration.
zehcoutinho wrote:...the barman told him that among connoisseurs it is considered a very bad whisky, for it's not properly aged and gets its color solely by the addition of caramel...
"Not properly aged?"
That's a point that is entirely in the eyes of the beholder, as far as I'm concerned.
Yes, Red label is a blend comprised of relatively younger whiskies. As whiskies go, it's certainly priced right. It's also undoubtedly subject to a degree of added E150 (spirit caramel). And many may consider it to be 'a little rough around the edges'.
But so what?
There are some good, solid malts incorporated in the blend (such as Talisker). And one has no doubt one is drinking WHISKY when one drinks it!
If, however, you have the chance (you may have already), it would be worthwhile to sample drams of the entire JW lineup (Red, Black, Gold, Blue and, in addition, the all malt Green Label) so as to attain an appreciation of their different characters.
That hurts, Nick.
I certainly hope there's some way in which the board administrator(s) can resolve the problem satisfactorily... Too much valuable information under the bridge for it to be otherwise.
pickleydoo wrote:Which is your favorite, if you don't mind my asking?
A qualified answer is in order here, Chris, if you don't mind...
Price no object: JW Blue. It is, however, woefully overpriced, especially as one can procure many an excellent cask strength single malt for a similar outlay of money. That said, Blue does offer up a rather complex, rich and ultimately satisfying taste experience that lingers on the palate. The more esoteric George V and Anniversary editions (the latter quasi cask strength) are way out of my preferred price range.
Price somewhat of a consideration: JW Gold. Many might describe this 18-year old as the 'oddball' of the bunch, as its flavour profile is quite distinct from that of the others in the JW lineup. Think somewhat 'lighter' overall in flavour presentation as well as crisper and a little more coastal. Personally, I like it a lot. But many others find it just too lacking in, for lack of a better word, substance. A subtle yet ultimately engaging dram in my books, though. It goes down SO smoothly!
Price a definite consideration: JW Black. OK. It is a bit of a compromise in the greater scheme of things. A blend. Standard strength. Only a 12YO designation. Yes, even a bit of the E150 business going on here. But when you get right down to it, light years ahead of many of its competitors (such as Chivas Regal 12 Year Old). A fair hit of flavour intensity for the cost, all told.
Price a serious consideration: JW Red. Not for me. But that's just me.
JW Green: No grain whiskies here. A pretty solid core of good malts in the blend, too. I've often found myself reaching for this one in the past when momentarily unable to decide on any particular malt. Handy to have around, and the age is spot-on. The finish (despite 15+ years of age) is surprisingly refreshing (think mint leaves).
I have never tried the Gold but have always wanted to. My go-to is the Green because it's usually on sale here. Every time I reach for the Gold at the store I always decide on something else.
I would like though, if possible, to get some recommendations on 8 years. I usually drink 8 years because they are cheaper.
Sometimes, when my budget allows, I like to drink some 12 years. My favorite so far is the Grand Old Parr, any comments? I also would like some recommendations on this age if anyone can offer.
Above that age it gets a little expensive for me.
As I said before I am not very knowledgeable. For example, I know that there is a difference between single malt and blended, but not what the difference is. The thing someone said about young grains, I have no idea. That's why I plan to stick around this forum to learn, as by my first experience it seems like the right place to do so.
Thanks again for the help.
*Edit* Oh, and is there a Whisky 101 type of post here, or some website that I could research?
zehcoutinho wrote:Oh, and is there a Whisky 101 type of post here, or some website that I could research?
Might want to try these for a start, Zeh... A pair of question & answer sessions that Linn Spencer and I 'co-hosted' (I did the final write-up) years ago...
There are many, many blends and single malts as well that use E150, so hardly unique to JW Red..
The Johnnie Walker Red has a flavor that I can't put my finger (tongue) on.
Can someone tell me . . . is it peat I'm tasting (not knowing what peat tastes like)? I certainly taste smoke (like some pipe tobacco I used to smoke).
The Talisker is supposed to be peaty I heard, and isn't it is a base whisky in the JW Red?
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