Johnnie Walker Labels: 6 Famous Colors with Prices & Rankings

Johnnie Walker Colors, Red Head Oak Barrels

Many factors go into making a good whisky, but one often overlooked is the label. Johnnie Walker takes this aspect very seriously. For over two centuries, they have been associated with some of the most iconic, meaningful and well-designed labels in the spirits industry. 

Johnnie Walker is a brand of Scotch whiskey that was originally founded by a young grocer from Kilmarnock, Scotland in 1819. Back in those days, most grocers would sell a single malt whisky, but it was never consistent. This brand has come a long way and is now owned by Diageo. Despite its humble beginnings, Johnnie Walker has become a global dynasty.

There are 6 famous Johnnie Walker colors: Red, Black, Double Black, Green, Gold, and Blue. Each color is made with its own blend, price, and quality. We will review these label colors that have been used over the years and explore why they have been so successful. 

The following is a line-up of all the products in the Johnnie Walker labels (from the lowest to highest price, or quality):

 

Johnnie Walker Red Label

It may sound crazy, but after its invention in 1909 by brothers George and Alexander, it became the best-selling Scotch whiskey in the world in 1945, and it still retains this title today. It is made with the idea of mixing it with more soda than heavier, more old-fashioned whiskies. 

This nonage whiskey is a combination of 40 different powerful and spicy single malt and grain whiskies. It has a fruity nose with hints of pear, apple, and vanilla with some lively species. The sweet freshness remains on the tongue, but the most pronounced malt aromas are pepper, vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger. Some might find the herbal finish harsh, while others appreciate its long, sophisticated, and smoky flavors. In any case, this unique end could be considered as a signature of Johnnie Walker whiskies.

This budget-friendly whiskey is only around 25$.

 

Johnnie Walker Black Label

Johnnie Walker Black Label is a step up from the Red label. It’s made with 40 different whiskies at least 12 years old, and has a smoky flavor in its iconic square bottle. If you’re looking to sip whiskey rather than a mixer and are not expecting too much from the peat, it’s a decent choice.

The nose is soft with white pepper, apricot, and ripe peach flavors. On the palate, it’s terrific with lots of dry spice and fruit aromas alone with barley, toffee, caramel, overripe biscuits. One thing that surprised us about this whisky was how thick it felt on the palate — almost creamy. Its smoky and warm aftertaste lingers for a long time. You can also taste hints of nice nutty and sweet notes that go well with the lingering peat note.

At a price point that’s affordable as 37$, Black Label is perfect for those who want to explore the smoky world of single malts.

 

Johnnie Walker Double Black Label

It’s a fantastic option for newcomers who want to try smoke flavors but aren’t ready to be hit by something as intense as Islay Whiskies. It can be considered like an amplified Black Label, some of its Caol Ila-like whiskies are added to heavily charred oak barrels and matured. But, while retaining the sophisticated Johnnie Walker style, it has the character that sets it apart from other Scotch whiskies.

You feel the Islay flavors on the nose such as smoke, medicine, toasted almond, and citrus. On the palate raisin, pear, the freshness of orange zest, and towards the end of the midpalate some sweetness fades the ashes. Its finish is long and warm surely, with salty butter, licorice aromas, and dominated by lingering smoke. If you also feel refreshed mint, you’re not alone because this whiskey tastes like a single malt Islay.

Aged barrels are a costly resource, and this affects the price. This whiskey’s price is around 40$.

 

Johnnie Walker Green Label

This quality scotch whiskey is created by blending only the finest single malts. It is carefully created to ensure that you get the perfect combination of whiskey flavors, aromas, and taste. The whisky consists of four different at least 15 years old single malt whiskies that have been blended from the four corners of Scotland to create a refreshing flavor without sacrificing the intensity of their smells and tastes.

From its scent to the bottle design, Johnnie Walker describes Green Label as representative of the Speyside, Highland, Lowlands, and Island regions of Scotland. It even contains whiskies from Islay (Caol Ila) and Skye (Talisker). 

At first smell, you get the vanilla, cookies, apple flavors, and with background notes of smoke. Flavors on the palate open with cinnamon, move to vanilla and smoke with hints of apricot. The aftertaste is long and well-balanced with toffee, spice, and floral notes.

The Green Label hits the sweet spot for value at 63$.

 

Johnnie Walker Gold Label

This gold-colored whiskey is a blend of 15 single malts, and it was created by Jim Beveridge, Johnnie Walker’s master blender. However, its notes were first documented by Sir Alexander Walker in the late 19th century. It’s probably not our everyday whiskey, but it’s a hell of a treat to have around when we want to celebrate something or unwind after a long day. 

Gold Label Reserve is delicate, and delicious. The nose has sweet and fruity aromas, with a lot of honey, apricot, a little citrus, banana, and raisin flavors. Underneath these fruit notes, there is a very subtle smoke, a little saltiness, a touch of oak spice. On the palate, it’s very smooth, creamy, and smoky towards the back of the mouth with sweet vanilla notes. The finish is complex and long. Some tastes replace citrus notes with time.

If you’re looking for a special treat for yourself or a friend, it’s well worth the 73$.

 

Johnnie Walker Blue Label

It is probably the most prestigious, most famous, and one of the best-blended whiskies in the world. It’s made from only premium whiskies from the oldest barrels from distilleries. It was made to recreate the character of some of the earliest blends created in the 19th century and is now hard to beat. Each bottle is individually numbered, and it bears no age statement. Once blended, the whiskies were matured to create Blue Label, a whisky that embodies the traditional Johnnie Walker character but is infused with smokiness.

It takes a moment for the flavors to really open up and then it gives powerful aromas of raisin, bitter, leather, and smoke. Its taste spreads across the mouth, taking the oak and malt flavors effortlessly to the back of the palate where they melt together into a warm creaminess that lingers for a few minutes on the tongue with vanilla, chocolate, and cotton candy notes. The finish is long with hints of smoke, and spice.

It is one of the most expensive blended Scotch whiskies on the market, with prices in the range of 230$.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many labels are in Johnnie Walker?

There are over 19 Johnnie Walker Labels. This includes 8 Johnnie Walker Colors, 4 Explorers Club Collection, and 7 John Walker & Sons Labels in the Johnnie Walker collection.

What are the color labels for Johnnie Walker?

There are 6 known famous Johnnie Walker colors: Red, Black, Double Black, Green, Gold, and Blue. Each label color is made as its own blend, price, and quality.

What is the difference between Johnnie Walker labels?

The main differences between the Johnnie Walker Red Label and Black Label are the blends. Each Johnnie Walker Label is a unique blend of grain, malt whiskeys, and aged whiskeys.

What is the most expensive Johnnie Walker label?

Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the most expensive out of all the Johnnie Walker whiskey labels. It is currently priced at $180 a bottle.

What is the smoothest Johnnie Walker?

Johnnie Walker Gold is the smoothest label most likely since it is 18 years aged. It is a blend of fifteen whiskies and has a mix of sweet and smoky flavors.

 

Conclusion

In this new era, sometimes finding the right bottle of scotch is easy. The Johnnie Walker brand comes in many colors, and flavors, one is designed for the casual drink, while another is designed to be all-purpose and a little more complex. You may think that the mix of the whiskies is the most important aspect, but it’s the cask that matters the most.

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