I have been on the hunt for JW Green Label for a while, scouring the stores and mom and pop places. Well yesterday while sitting in a restaurant, my eyes peered upon a bottle and I though "no.. can't be" and sure enough it was a bottle of Johnny Walker Green Label 3/4 full.
I asked if I could buy the entire bottle and got it for 25,000 colones ($45.00) I was excited that I have finally found a JW Green and proceeded to pour everyone at the table a wee dram to give it a try. The entire table loved it.
Last night I then had my first real taste after warming up the tongue with some Grant's Special Ale Cask edition.
Nose - Fruit, spices, vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, hint of peat.
Taste - Leather, peat, pear.. lots of pear, apple, malt, cereal, fruit, pepper, earthy
Body - Good body and has some good legs on the glass.
Finish - an earthy peaty finish that dissipates into a apple pear then closes with a ham maple syrup lingering.
I have to say that I REALLY enjoy JWGreen Label. My wife and I sat out last night and watched the sun go down and both went well together.
It is exciting to finally get to try this and I feel like I have accomplished a treasure hunt in finding this open bottle. It also feels special to be able to drink a brand that is no longer made and one appreciates it so much more because of that. I will continue to keep my eyes open for bottles at bars and restaurants and continue being the "dusty hunter" looking for the un-opened bottle of Johnny Walker Green Label.
If you ever find an opened bottle, snag it. If you ever find a un-opened bottle, save it for a very special occasion with dear friends and family.