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Old 02-22-2005, 11:26 AM
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Is it worth the price? How does it compare to Gold Label?
I will be giving it as a gift and I am not a scotch drinker but recipient is.

Blue is around $200, gold is approx $85
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Old 02-22-2005, 12:28 PM
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IMHO it is the smoothest blended scotch available.....period. If you don't want to blow $200 on the blue go for the green, its an older vintage then gold label. A bud gave me the Green Label for a gift and it was very similar to the Blue Label. Any of these fine labels make Red Label taste like bath water.....and most people think Red Label is a fine scotch!
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Old 02-22-2005, 12:32 PM
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Gold is $85??? what size? 750ml gold is $52 at coctco.

Best deal not avail to all

fishing buddy's daughter works for cruise line, we get 750ml Blue for $120, don't know how and i don't ask
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Old 02-22-2005, 12:51 PM
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Is Walker the brand that the person generaly likes? Johny Blue is the best when it comes to blended scotch. I have only had it once but I do remember it being better than the gold. I don't think it was $125 better. Personally I perfer single malt scotch. Good single malts are what scotch drinkers drink. There are a wide variety of flavors in the single malt department. A person who likes high end Walkers usaully like a medium smokey scotch. I would get either McCallan 18, Glenmorangie 18, or Oban. I think Oban has an 18. In my opinion, these are all better scotches than Walker blue and they are around the cost of gold lable. This is my opinion though. Of course, Scotch is kinda like wine in the way that it is personal taste preference. Oban is a little heavy for my taste unless I am smoking a cigar with it. The Glenmorangie is inbetween the Oban and the McCallan. I take a small splash of water and rocks with it and just rocks with the McCallan. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-22-2005, 01:10 PM
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Blythe,

If somebody wants the burning taste of a very, very good single malt I would buy some red label and stick some spanish moss in the glass.

Just kidding. I have tasted over 25 premium single malts, both here and in Scotland, England and Wales, yet I still don't care for the harsh taste. The blended scotches are like a smooth tall glass of pure mountain water - a real treat to enjoy.....at least until you smack your head on the coffee table on your journey to the floor!
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Old 02-22-2005, 04:30 PM
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Me? I was not a scotch drinker but, rather, a bourbon drinker. Jack Daniels all the way. Straight up or on the rocks. Later in life I found out I could accomplish the same thing by hitting myself in the forehead with a 5 lb mallet. Ever since that discovery I haven't had a drink...it's 18 years going on 19.
Enjoy the Johnny Walker.
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Old 02-22-2005, 05:36 PM
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.....at least until you smack your head on the coffee table on your journey to the floor!


Thanks oh Brethren of THT.
The price I quoted was MSRP and I am sure I could do better.I will look into the McCallan 18 and Glenmorangie. I could perhaps get one of each instead of a single JW Blue?
Its for my pa-in-law. He does like the finer spirits for sippin and story tellin around the chiminea.
Like I said, I am not a scotch drinker. I prefer the ketel one vodka. Am enjoying one right now.
Tonic w/lime.
Oh yeah, my boss pissed me off today. He just came back from Miami Boat Show.
Picked out a 34 Yellowfin w/ trip 275 Verados.........think I'll have another sip and go sit on my Biddison in the driveway.
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Old 02-22-2005, 05:52 PM
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I'm a Scotch drinker, and I never used to drink JW. Last year I was sitting in a Frankfurt bar wasting some time, and all they had was JW Gold and Red label. I've had red many a time, but never tried gold, WOW, I was impressed. So I bought a bottle at dutty free shops in Germany, it's chepa there ($55 a 750). The Blue is about $120 over there. A few months ago I decided to try them all so I bought a Gold, a Green and a Blue. There is a big difference between them all. I preferr the Blue and then the Gold. The green is a bit strong tasting to me. Strong flavorwise. But, I mostly buy the Gold label now as there isn't enough difference to pay the extra cash. So the moral of the story is, if somebody bought me a Gold label, I'd be VERY happy. But it depends on why you are buying it, how much is the favor or whatever worth to you.....

Previously, I drank nothing but Usqabach. This stuff is KILLER!! Comes in a nice ceramic jug. Don't buy the stuff that is not in the jug, it's not as smooth. It's about $120 a bottle, and would make a REALLY nice gift as the packaging is classy.

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Old 02-22-2005, 07:44 PM
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There is a four bottle tasting gift pak that JW sells with .375liter bottles of red, black, gold and blue. Most stores can special order it for you for about $90. Blue is by far superior IMHO. Personally I don't care for gold as much as I do green or even black. (Green is single malt). As a life-long scotch drinker I can say I would appreciate the hell out of that gift. I wouldn't share it either, but that's another story.

You asked if it was worth the difference in price. The answer is it depends. Some folks really taste the difference, appreciate the smoothness and are willing to pay for it ( ). Others drink Duggan's Dew and enjoy it just the same. So it really depends on who you are giving the gift to, and what message you are trying to send. Blue is very exclusive, every bottle is numbered, green is somewhat so since it is only released around Christmas. That may say something too about what type of gift you want to give.

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Old 02-22-2005, 08:08 PM
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Where is Jim at Arctekmarine when we need him? I gifted him a bottle of Blue for his fine work on the T Top he gifted to me.

We do scotch tasting parties and Blue is always the favorite amongst the group. If you have never done one before it's simple. Invite over 20 friends and tell them all to bring a bottle of scotch and have at it.
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Old 02-23-2005, 06:21 AM
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Seeing that you are a man of impeccable tastes I hesitate in raising this question. Doesn't the Green Label state it is a blended malt? It does have a slightly different taste than the gold and blue but I think it is a blend. I asked the folks at my favorite liquor store about this label and they said it had been around for years - in Duty Free stores.
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Old 02-23-2005, 08:53 AM
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I'd have to check my labels but I think all JW's are blended scotch/whiskey.
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Old 02-23-2005, 10:25 AM
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I was told by several (3 actually) local guys that it is only available to them around the holidays. Obviously it may be in their stores longer if it doesn't sell out. Could be they're telling stories to justify their price but all three stores will not have Green right now until around November. It has been available outside the US and in duty free stores for a number of years but I believe the intro in US stores was less than 10 years ago.

I should have been more specific in my response regarding single malt- thanks for calling me on it. What I wrote is incorrect- my bad. Green label is in fact blended- but it is blended ONLY from single malts to create a pure malt or vatted malt. In fact its prior name was Johnnie Walker Pure Malt.

That at least is my understanding, hope it passes everyone's scrutiny. If any of you guys get up around here I would be happy to sit around and sample the merits of each with ya.

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Old 02-23-2005, 12:53 PM
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Firefly, Sounds like a ball, shoot me an Email the next "tasting" you have, I'll come up to Beautiful NH for the day!!
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Old 02-27-2005, 09:11 AM
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Thanks Kids.
Think I'll go with the JW Blue Label. It's a gift for my pa-in-law.
He just finished hand building a new 85 Gal alum fuel tank for my boat. Did a GREAT job.
Cost me zero $$.
I figure it's the least I could do.
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Old 03-05-2005, 09:03 PM
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We just cracked the cork on the JW Blue. Great Stuff.
I am not a scotch drinker but I had 2 glasses neat.
Pa In Law loved it. I highly recommend it!!
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Old 03-05-2005, 09:13 PM
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FireFly - We do scotch tasting parties...


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You've been holdin' out on me!
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