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).