The Johnnie Walker range consists blended whiskies with two notable exceptions – Green Label and Odyssey.
The former was introduced in 1996 as Johnnie Walker Pure Malt, with description “Extra Special Highland Malt whisky”. The original formula included nine components: Cragganmore, Linkwood, Mortlach, Glen Ord, Glen Elgin, Teaninich, Royal Brackla, Royal Lochnagar and Clynelish. About 10 years later the company altered the formula and changed the name to Green Label, “The Art of Pure Malt”. The whisky was withdrawn from the market in the late 2012 but returned in 2015 and was globally re-launched in the spring of 2016. According to Diageo the key components of today’s Green Label are Talisker, Cragganmore, Caol Ila and Linkwood.
Nose: sweet and malty, vanilla, honey, toffee, lemons, apples, shortbread, dash of pepper, delicate notes of hay and autumn leaves and distant hint of smoke.
Palate: pretty sweet, breakfast cereals with honey, toffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, oranges, touches of pepper and cinnamon, hazelnuts and a whiff of peat smoke.
Finish: medium long, with notes of toffee, roasted nuts, dash of pepper and oak.