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Johnnie Walker 18yr Gold Label Centenary Blended Scotch Whisky

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  • Proof66 Overall Rating
    523 / 795
    Rabble Rating
    4.3 / 5.0
    Price (USD)

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Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.


Johnnie Walker--the man whose name would grace the bottles of more scotch whisky than any other brand in the 21st century--was born in 1805 and began as a grocery store manager at age 14 in 1819. Part of the grocery business was a personal blend of whisky. Yet it was his son Alexander who took the Johnnie Walker blend of whisky to the worldwide markets in its square bottle (the first of its kind and designed to save space in shipping) in 1860. The Eyewitness Companion to Whiskey quotes brand owner Diageo claiming over 7 million casks of whisky in the maturation process at any given time. This unrivaled amount of whisky allows them great specificity and consistency in their blends and that all the scotch together is worth more than all the gold in the vaults of the Bank of England.The company was acquired by Guiness in 1985, which eventually became Diageo in a merger in 1997.

Today, Johnnie Walker offers several different "labels" of scotch whisky, designated by color. The Gold Label is a blend the distillery claims is "made for celebration" and was first made in 1920 as a grandson's tribute to his grandfather (Johnnie Walker). The blend is from 18yr scotches. They suggest drinking it at freezing temperatures and letting it warm in your mouth.

The 2011 Wine Enthusiast review recommended drinking chilled and paired with a dessert.

Update: it appears that this label is being retired in favor of the 18yr Platinum Label and the new Gold Label Reserve. 
NeatPour (154) (8/6/2013)
The trick here is to follow instructions! This is a really good blend IF you get it really cold (throw in freezer for a while). I don't know why but when this thing is cold it seems to open up with some really nifty flavors. Warm it is just average & the buyer will feel a bit cheated. The trick is to get it cold! I know gold label is shunned by more veteran scotch folks but I think it's worth a revisit if you freeze.
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Allan (111) (4/29/2013)
Let me first say this is not a good value. I am a big fan of JW Black label but was very disappointed in both the Gold and Blue labels. When I pay a premium price for a spirit it had better be memorable. This is not. Not doubt it's smooth; but it is gone as soon as you tip the glass. No real flavors to be found as it disappears on the palate. Too light for my tases.
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thark77 (12) (3/13/2012)
Very smooth and at $85 I can compair it to Glenfiddich 21 or Macallan 18. I'd buy it again from the expressions of my clients!
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TheSippingLife (112) (3/15/2011)
I picked up JWG for a steal of a price ($50) a few months ago. It is certainly the smoothest of the JWs Ive had (all but Blue and King George), but I agree with other more experienced reviewers than myself when they say that JWG is competent, but not overly memorable. Its more refined than Green label, and more subtle. But it doesn wow, and for $85, it had better leave a bigger impression. Its still a good pour, but I will seek out other, better bottles. I mainly bought it because the price was too low to pass up, given its normal price.
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