Re: Johnnie Walker Gold Label
JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD
COLOR: deep gold.
NOSE: malt, bread dough, oak, some sherry, some spice like ginger, orange blossom, slightly rooty--quite a range.
BODY: thick, firm, chewy.
PALATE: lots of malt, slight to medium peat fire, sherry, oak is nicely noticeable but not overwhelming. Very balanced.
FINISH: long, smooth, woody-malty, satisfying, the fire fades but no burn.
COMMENTS: noticeably more mature and smooth than JW Black--makes me think of being comfortable in an easy chair by a warm fire. Perfect if you're looking for a mature, balanced blended whisky. Water does not really open it up. Compared to other Johnnie Walker whiskies, I would rate Black slightly higher than this and JW Green; Black is still my favorite, for vitality (youth and peatiness) and contrast, though I haven't tried Blue. It might be a tossup between Gold and Famous Grouse 18, which I like very much. I think the FG is more intense, but it has less peat than Gold and FG's noticeable oak can be a little bitter. Still, Gold is a great drinking experience and worth the money.
By the way, I think my post above this one has to be taken with a grain of salt, because the meal I had with it influenced the taste.