Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch Whisky

Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch has been around since before World War I. It is a blend of about 35 malted and unmalted whiskies, and is the first Scotch in the Johnnie Walker color line. Red Label is produced in the Kilmarnock burgh or East Ayrshire, Scotland. Its packaging is notable for the square bottle and the slanted label, along with the "Striding Man" logo.

This Scotch is one of the most popular in the world. It can be found in over 100 countries and is ubiquitous in bars in the United States. If a bar doesn't have much booze, Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch is usually the premium Scotch on the wall. For bars with more selection, Red Label is joined by some of its cousins.

This is a mixable Scotch with no profound flavors or character in danger of being masked by mixers. It is well rounded and will stand up to most any mixer that is normally used with Scotch. Johnnie Red is also quite good on the rocks, with soda, with a little water, and is serviceable when served neat.

Review

88

Straw with hints of amber. Light peat smoke, tobacco, lemon, earth, and grain in the nose. Billows on the palate into a medium body with initial malty sweetness and hints of citrus of floral notes. This is then subdued by light smoke and dry spice. Fairly long finish with snappy acidity and uncharred oak. Big and fruity in front while leaning out on the tail--a nice transition. Tasted 8/31/2008.

Brand Johnnie Walker
Country Scotland
Retail Price $21 / 750 ml
Proof 86 (43%)

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