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Johnnie Walker Blue Lebel

Postby doczahi » Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:57 pm

Hi Friends
I just got a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Lebel.
Can someone tell me something about it?
Thanks
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:52 pm

You can start here:

http://www.whiskymag.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3586

Use the search function (try "walker AND blue") and you will find lots of comment about this bottle hereabouts. I'm afraid you won't like a lot of it, though! The consensus is that it's a perfectly drinkable but dreadfully overpriced whisky, aimed at conspicuous consumption. There is plenty of dissent, though, and if you click on "Whiskies" above and search for it, you will find that Michael Jackson and Dave Broom both rate it highly.

I've never had it.
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Postby doczahi » Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:14 pm

Thanks for the reply.
I wouldn't have buy it simce I preffer single over blended, but as you know, one must never say no to a present... :wink:
Will let you know how it was.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:28 am

And a fine gift it is! Although it's not what I'd pick, either, I'd be very pleased if someone gave me one. Do tell us what you think of it.
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Postby Les Paul » Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:12 am

I still consider myself a newbie of scotch whisky (age 24, drinking scotch 1 year). The first thing that I did is go out and purchase all 5 labels of Johnnie Walker. I thought they were unbeatable; I now think very differently.

Here are the prices I paid, all per 750ml:

Red = $22
Black =$33
Green = $56
Gold = $75
Blue = $215

The Blue Label is way, way overpriced. I also personally think it is overrated as well. It is delicious...make no mistake about it. I taste caramel, honey, and some smoke and a bit of salt. However, it just doesn't warrant the price by any imagination and I now feel it is a bit of a let down. Not enough complexity....not enough character.

It's all cowboy hat and no cattle.

I just bought a whisky for $50 that I personally enjoy much much more than JW Blue.........The Balvenie Double Wood 12. Outstanding.

Ranking the JW labels:

1) Gold Label
2) Blue Label
3) Black Label
4) Green Label
5) Red Label
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Postby doczahi » Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:41 am

Thanks for sharing.
I personally preffer single malt over blended. My favorite is Talisker. I also adore Lagavulin and enjoy Bowmore.
Any other suggestions for a new taste to come?
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Postby bond » Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:42 am

Both , Talisker and Lagavulin find their way to J W Black and Red. So you might actually like both these blends.

As regards, Blue its certainly very good whisky but at that price, you 'll fin much much better stuff.
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Postby Aidan » Thu Aug 31, 2006 2:15 pm

the Black is probably the nicest scottish blend I've had.
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Postby doczahi » Thu Aug 31, 2006 6:44 pm

Bond, What other whisky do you suggest?
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Postby Aidan » Thu Aug 31, 2006 7:15 pm

Maybe Cardhu and Caol Ila.
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Postby mikeymad » Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:50 pm

Les Paul wrote:Ranking the JW labels:

1) Gold Label
2) Blue Label
3) Black Label
4) Green Label
5) Red Label


Agreed. I might give a slight edge to the green over the black, but not much.

Cheers.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:13 am

Just noticed that there's an article about JW Blue in issue 57. You can read the beginning of it here:

http://www.whiskymag.com/magazine/issue57/12007244.html
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Postby doczahi » Fri Sep 01, 2006 1:46 pm

What are the main ingridients of the blue label?
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Fri Sep 01, 2006 2:05 pm

According to their own website 'Royal Lochnagar' is at the heart of Blue label.
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