I sense a general mood not too favourable to the Red label. The price of whisky being quite high, here in Quebec (we pay a hidden tax of 40%), I always keep a bottle of Red label around, either to make drinks or to drink with ice during very torrid, summer evenings. I find it to be a good, easy drinkable dram with a nice, classic twist of taste. It has been a good companion for me in time of misery, and I won't let it down. Besides, I find it to be a bit underrated. VoilÃ .
The Black label is sold around here at about the same price as the 12yo Glenlivet, for instance, or the 10yo Aberlour, the 12yo Glendronach, the 12yo Glenfiddich, etc. Tamdhu is even less expensive... Every time, I'll personally go with the single. In night clubs, often only blends are available, and in such occurrences, my choice always goes for the black label, that I find sufficiently complex with its smoke, its nuttiness and its slightly buttery feel. Love it.
For some reason, I don't like the Green label. I admit I only had it in clubs either, so it's more difficult for me to make a definite judgement. I can't quite put my finger on it; it seems too heavy to me, a bit overbearing. I love the peaty stuff, I love every single whisky that enters the composition of the Green label, yet I haven't come to like it as of now. As to the Blue and Gold labels, I've had the privilege of tasting both at a few receptions. I liked both but I certainly wouldn't pay for either myself. I find you can have much better singles for the same prices.