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Tasting notes for Johnnie Walker “Green Label” 15 year old Pure Malt Scotch Whisky

Merchant bottling
43% a.b.v.

As of this writing, this is the only bottle of whisky I have ever broken (and only the second bottle of liquor, with the first being a nice bottle of El Tesoro Añejo Tequila.) Of all my bottles, though, I really couldn’t have been more fortunate. I don’t like this bottle at all. It suffers from abysmal cask management: it is overwhelmingly bitter and aspirin-like. All the malt seems to be mediocre output from highland distilleries. I would recommend even against cooking with it, as the bitterness might be hard to conceal. I quite wanted to like this bottle, and tried it numerous times at different times of the day, with and without food, but in the end it’s just not very good whisky.

Suggested for:
Sadly, I really wouldn’t recommend this at all.

Negative whisky reviews attract a large number of flames. Here’s a selection:

“YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE THE TASTEBUDS OF A GNAT! GREEN IS IN THE STYLE OF THE HEAVIER LOWLAND MALTS, YOU TWIT!!” — Hazel Mountz

It’s not, but, OK. I got some unrequested support:

“Obviously that person who sent you that “lovenote” doesn’t know anything about scotch. I also hated the taste of this one.” — Brian Middaugh

So: thanks?

Then Matthew Torbik, self-described newcomer to scotch, also wrote in, calling me a “twit” for warning people to steer clear.

Here’s the thing: the bottling used to be terrible, by my evaluation and those of many I trust. I’ve been told, again by people I trust, that it’s now decent and even pretty good. I haven’t tried it again — once bitten, and all that. But, people: you don’t have to agree with me. You don’t have to dislike it, I don’t have to like it. This is my personal review of my opinion of the whisky.

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