IlPug wrote:but for the moment im trying to decide on some johnnie walker. as such, i was wondering what experience seasoned drinkers like yourselves have had with some of the different labels - in particular johnnie's Green and 'Swing'... but also Gold and Blue, for future reference...any help with taste and nose would be appreciated and how these compare to single malts would also be quite interesting (ie the benefits of single malts over blended malts in laymans terms).
OK, I'll have a stab at your question as I understand it- please correct me if I misunderstood.
1)Johnny Walker blends:
Interesting concept by the company - Diego - to market different tasting blends at escalating price points. I'm not into marketing, but I'm sure there's a name for this. The blends have very different tastes IMO - not just older versions of the same blend.
JW Red I found a little rough, but it did have loads of flavours dominated by the Islay region (salt, seaweed, iodine), but balanced by some other flavours. The Islay tastes are in the foreground, but balanced by others (I don't remember the others).
JW Black has a great reputation on this board. Although I don't personally go for it, I have no problem recommending it. A much quieter dram than the Red, but I remember it being a complex dram in that the tastes unfurl in subtle layers. Something that you don't have to take out a morgage to buy, but has a lot to offer someone who wants to examine a whisky. Does well on ice I've heard.
JW Green is a vatted malt - a bunch of single malts blended together - no grain whisky here. The dominant taste I got was "fruity" with a big HELLO.
JW Gold was an interesting dram for me. Very "honeyed" taste - more about mouthfeel than complex flavours IMO. If someone doesn't want to be challanged by flavours, this would do well. Not austere
or lacking in flavours presisely, but they don't come barrelling out at you. Haven't had much like it. Nice dram.
JW Blue is universally seen as overpriced by a wide margin on this board. Islay flavours like JW Red, but more pronounced, and much softer. Obviously an older blend with a georgeous sherried nose. A well crafted dram IMO. Hard to argue with this one unless you want something really soft or beligerent. I'd pay $120 cdn for it, but not the $220 the LCBO is asking for.
Never heard of Swing. Sorry - no help there.
2)Malts have a different mouth-feel. More interesting flavours and the malts are usually aged more. Sorry I can't be more definitive. It's a subtle question that is beyond my keen to answer responsably. Perhaps someone could build on this?