Overall rating
62.51/100
votes
190
Whiskybase ID
WB57211
Category
Blend
Bottler
John Walker & Sons (JW&S)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Bottled
2013
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
No Neck Label
Barcode
5000267014203
Added on
17 aug 2014 10:30 am by zinaf
Colored

Average value

€ 15.34

2 × in wishlist

190 × member ratings

495 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Johnnie Walker Red Label

45 users have left 49 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 62.51 points.

  1. Markar scored this whisky 40 points Member Junior

    Doesn't fit at all.

  2. torfbombe scored this whisky 65 points Expert Junior

    average modern blend. Not more and not less.

  3. Larry411 scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    My initial rating, years ago, was 69/100, but after trying this again along with the Black, 21 XR, Gold, and Celebratory Blend, highlights that it's just weird and doesn't really work.

    It starts off somewhat okay (Islay-ish) with sea salt and cheap vinyl burning in the hot sun, then it turns on you for a bit with talcum powder, pennies, and cotton balls, then, thankfully, it gets better (its "best") with caramel bubbles (like if you blew bubbles and soap and caramel bubbles were created) and menthol cigarettes laced with celery. Yep, this is as weird a whisky as these flavour notes suggest.

  4. Vassago Clynelish scored this whisky 66 points Administrator

    It is an easy but not complex whisky, the price is OK, but no interesting whisky

  5. pawelg scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    ok

  6. Sajmon scored this whisky 64 points Member Senior

    it's ok for mixing drink
    • Nose
      65 65
      Litlle bit of smoke, malt
    • Taste
      64 64
      Not interesting, average blend, hints of smoke, malt and caramel
    • Finish
      63 63
      Short, smoke, spicy

  7. DistilLarry93 scored this whisky 66 points Expert Junior

    On holiday as the only all-inclusive whiskey just about drinkable, otherwise: No, thank you!

  8. WhiskeyMaster scored this whisky 50 points Member Senior

    -
    • Nose
      60 60
    • Taste
      55 55
    • Finish
      35 35

  9. Hsh scored this whisky 59 points Expert Junior

    It was quite fun to feel the characteristics of low ripeness and grain as a blind, and slightly higher than Bells? The smokey scent is a bit artificial.

  10. Finn2206 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Pretty harsh as a sipper

  11. ZLako scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    Brings what a cheap blend should. I prefer this the most from all the sub 15 euro choices! Great for cocktails.
    • Nose
      68 68
      Green apples, vanilla, alcohol, some caramel, and a hint of smoke
    • Taste
      74 74
      Green fruits mostly apples, spicy, some smoke, pepper, oily, a lot of bisquits
    • Finish
      72 72
      Medium, sour, spicy, salty, caramel, smoke and it has this aftertaste "Hello I am still here and I suck."

  12. MarcinCh scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Amber, quite rare.
    • Nose
      67 67
      Slightly sweetish. Traces of vanilla and caramel. Lots of grain. Sharpness. Black pepper. A trace of smoke in the background.
    • Taste
      72 72
      Initial sweetness. Caramel. Smoke. Pretty spicy. Black pepper. Chilli.
    • Finish
      72 72
      Caramel. Light sweetness. Smoke. A bit of spice. Ginger. Then caramel again, rather salty. Medium-length finish.

  13. mrwonderful scored this whisky 40 points Member Junior

    One of the worst mainstream whisky.

  14. Maga scored this whisky 69 points Member Junior

    Smoky and inexpensive

  15. Travelller scored this whisky 60 points Member Senior

    60/100

  16. Merl scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      68 68
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      70 70

  17. ctu scored this whisky 62 points Connoisseur

  18. thebonewolf scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    While it’s entirely uninspiring as a neat pour, it’s actually not quite as terrible as people like to talk about it. There wasn’t nothing truly aversive or unpleasant, just a bit beneath neutral. Probably bad memories of drinking it before developing a taste for whisky clouds the perception of it. Still, it’s best left for mixing as intended.
    • Nose
      60 60
      Tropical fruit, butter cookie. It’s clouded by cardboard. Reminds a bit of Waterford’s youth, actually.
    • Taste
      56 56
      Thin. Cookie/dough.
    • Finish
      64 64
      Caramel. Short.

  19. Doktor_Gonzo scored this whisky 73 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      71 71

  20. claymore84 scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on March 27th, 2021 during a blind tasting with the friendly Mr. Z. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1Ru6Rd7Sng&ab_channel=FriendlyMr.Z)

  21. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    I called this H2H `The Dirty Dozen`, not in a derogatory way but because all 12 of these blends (latest versions) are all under £20 the actual price points here are £13-£20 UK sterling
    All these bottles are available either in supermarkets or on line and all, apart from the Highland Black have no age statement.

    I wanted the 11 NAS bottles to be tested against the Aldi whiskey, as I have heard decent comments about the Aldi whiskey and at £12.99 it was the cheapest here, the most expensive was the Bushmills Original. I was only originally going to do Scotch blends but thought in the interests of fair play to have a couple of Irish in the mix.

    RESULT , all bottles are 2021 releases

    1st - Highland Black Distiller’s Reserve 8 year 40% Aldi
    2nd - Grant’s Family Reserve 40%
    3rd-The Famous Grouse 40% (mini)
    4th- High Commissioner 40%
    5th-Bell’s Original 40%
    6th- Scottish Leader 40%
    7th - JW Red Label 40%
    8th- Teacher’s Highland Cream 40%
    9th -Jameson triple distilled 40%
    10th- Black Bottle 40% (mini)
    11th- Bushmills Original White label 40% OB
    12th- Dewar’s White Label 40%

    There were common threads through most of these whiskies, they were quite light, many had green apple notes, some had vanilla and many of them were much sweeter than a single malt which was to be expected.

    My palate is suited to blends, probably because they are generally sweeter but also because I am very sensitive to woody bitterness and sulphur, which you do not get with young blends.

    My scoring may surprise some but, on this site many punters seem to like to knock blends and give them low scores for the sake of it. In my view this is because it is seen as the right thing to do to show you are a single malt person, to show you are a knowledgeable drinker, which is bollocks of course.
    I see comments like bland, no taste, no finish and score likes 28, 32, 40 etc, which in my view are unfair and show that people are just following the well-trodden curve to bash cheap blends.

    I see many times in supermarkets, men of a certain age just walk up to the whiskey Isle and just go straight to the Bell’s, Teacher’s or Whyte Mackay, they know what they like and stick to it., they cannot all be wrong, they are looking for value in their budget, they have been drinking for many years, and know a good buy when they see it.

    In this tasting there was only one complete duffer with and that was the Dewar’s White Label, and the Bushmills original was better but I would not purchase either of these again. Sure none of them were big on depth of profile or multi layered, that is the whole point of a blend, an easy sipper.

    For what it is worth I would be happy to buy the top 9 bottles in this tasting again as a repeat purchase.

    This was a fun tasting, before I started I was expecting the Famous Grouse, Teacher’s and Bell’s to do ok and was also expecting the Aldi Highland Black to score high because it is meant to be good at its price point.

    I have been honest in my assessment, The Highland Black as £13 is great value, tastes nice and is a good daily sipper and deserved to be on top.
    The Famous Grouse and Grants were all good and substantiated why they are so well regarded. The High Commissioner pleasantly surprised me and is worth an honourable mention.
    If you do not like really sweet whiskey blends like this will not be for you especially the JW Red Label, which is syrupy sweet, similarly if you like your tongue ripped out by massive peat or swamped by old woody sherry, this sort of whiskey will not interest you.

    Finally, there is definitely a place for Scotch whiskey blends or Irish Whiskey and as prices for daily drinkers increase, whiskey like this may come into focus with some people more and more

  22. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    H2H JW Red Label old version V new, 50 years apart

    This is actually a 2020 bottle tried against an old bottling from around 1970 at 70 proof being Red label old Scotch whisky on the label, 70 proof WB ID 110392.

    Firstly compared side by side in small glencairn glass while the colours are similar the 1970 bottle is a shade darker.

    Noses compared

    2020 40%
    very sweet, on honey and lighter coloured fruit gums with a big biscuit note, plenty of cereals which is obviously from grain component plus a hint of menthol.

    1970 70 proof
    Basically there is more of everything, more complex profile, but there are definitely similarities but this smells a little more substantial.
    Honey, biscuit, a little sherry, faint orange and against hint of peat plus some OBE that has welded the flavours together more, multiple layered.

    Palate

    2020 43%
    very creamy and really sweet with some peat adding a little focus and a decent spice note, perhaps a little finger but the spice is softer than ginger.
    There is some really nice fruit , apple, pear, mango and maybe a little succulent peach as the liquid is almost syruppy the type of syrup you get in tinned peaches.
    It is a simple profile but it works and has good balance.

    1970 70 proof
    This heavier on the palate, a fatter whisky, than the 2020.
    This is still on the sweet side but not as syrupy sweet as the new bottling.
    There is some peat mixing with a nice spice note, mango and pick lady apples and a little marshmallow and with the grain there is a cream note and the faintest hint of coconut and a touch of vanilla.
    There is also a little honey and caramel.

    Finish

    2020 43%
    reasonable length, remaining sweet with the honey and a little peat staying until the end, not harsh or anything just simply pleasant.

    1970 70 proof
    Remaining composed, sweet with a nice spice angle to the finish that makes your tongue tingle

    RESULT
    I like this new one, it is just a little too sweet to be a session whisky, I could not drink too much of it in one go.
    The 1970 even though it is 50 years older shared many of it's characteristics of it's new sibling but is more rounded with more complexity, basically a heavier whisky with more going on as the sweetness is not the overriding feature like the 2020.

    I think JW Red is unfairly derided as a bad whisky which is unfair, it is easy to knock it, which is undeserved.
    This bottle page is for a 2013 bottle , maybe jw improved it 7 years later?

    I scored the 1970 85/86/826 for 86 points average
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  23. NXI scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Nowadays, the red label is a benchmark for mediocrity and a substance that I would use only as a last resort, but it used to be more than a decent whisky and comparable in quality to today's lower-grade malts. That's the only reason I'm a little more lenient with it, putting the score in the 70s.

  24. Svjatogor scored this whisky 46 points Expert Senior

    balanced, not bad

  25. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      71 71
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      70 70

  26. Kilo1 scored this whisky 49 points Expert Junior

    Yes, young, prickly, if you let it stand, you feel the body and the aroma reveals itself more, of course it reveals itself very much, but for your money, and even better at a discount, a good whiskey.

  27. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 64 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      64 64
    • Taste
      66 66
    • Finish
      61 61

  28. holborndrinker scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

    Sometimes you don't feel like a T-bone steak, but a drunken kebab.

  29. Lexnoordsij scored this whisky 60 points Member Senior

  30. magatsu scored this whisky 60 points Newbie

    • Nose
      59 59
    • Taste
      61 61
      a tad sweet, honeyish maybe and not much more
    • Finish
      59 59
      almost none

  31. Kingalein scored this whisky 59 points Expert Junior

    Nothing you need. A cheap booze.
    If that is already cheap, then a Havana Club has 3 years to offer much more, even if it is not whiskey.

  32. AleMuse25 scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

  33. schengel10 scored this whisky 49 points Connoisseur

    Certainly rather intended for mixing - the Black is a quantum leap to this!
    • Nose
      distinct, sprightly alcoholic aromas, almost like "raw brandy";
    • Taste
      very restrained onset, slightly oily, subtly fruity, slightly spicy; Trace smoke (?), Obviously young; one-dimensional;
    • Finish
      short finish. some smoke and bitterness;

  34. vole scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    Please, never again!
    29.10.16, Groß-Zimmern, Key West

  35. Dris scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    Nothing to see here... However it's not terrible compared to similarly priced blends.
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      67 67

  36. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I've recently tasted a lot of supermarket discount tickets (see notes list) and imagine me as fair and sympathetic ranzgehren, but this is really down to the very bottom. Along with https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/51719/lauders-blended-scotch-whisky
    • Nose
      Not good at all. To be on the safe side, take a sip of 6.99-MicMac https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/77431/mic-mac-nas in another glass ... but, nose is OK and the MicMac smells heavenly against it ... back to the JW: metallic, a bit sprittig, wet cardboard, what dirty-ashy and a strong shot No-thanks.

      PS: 20 minutes in the glass make it more bearable. Aqueous-neutral.
    • Taste
      Must I? Oh, hell, everything for the dachshund, everything for the club!
      The good news: There is something whiskey-like. Sweetness, caramel, milk chocolate. But this is unfortunately about this announced in the nose Bäh-note, metallic, bitter, sprittig, somehow dirty - should the smoke be?
    • Finish
      too long, scratchy, bitter

  37. Mephisto scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Extremely low price, low performance. However, there are worse whiskies out there ...
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      68 68
    • Finish
      72 72

  38. Mephisto scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Weak whisky, a blend made for low price.
    • Nose
      Fresh apple juice, hints of woodsmoke. Cold feeling, essential oils. Maybe some grain in there. The impression of old newspaper. A little bit citrus, maybe lemon.
    • Taste
      Very watery, some ashes, some oak. Also dark fruits, dark berries. Weak and short. Tastes like a whisky that was too much diluted.
    • Finish
      Some chocolate, but gone after a short time.

  39. Andytka3 scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    Nose:-
    Filled with misty peat, ashy, very lightly and disperse quick, follow
    by note of eucalyptus and citrus. Pleasant, calm and soft.


    Palate:- Smoky meat, fresh cabbage. Lightly pungent and dry. Quite flat
    and not much others, but somehow find it quite balance and easy overall.
    Not a top notch, but definitely drinkable.

    Finish:- Burnt, young. Fruity and medium finish.

    (We fell off from the chairs when our barman reveal the bottle. A 'good' Red Label isn't bad at all)

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      70 70

  40. pelle86 scored this whisky 55 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      54 54
    • Taste
      47 47
    • Finish
      49 49

  41. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 62 points Connoisseur

    cheap but still drinkable... in a post apocalyptic world
    • Nose
      malt (low grade / artificial) not as bad as Whyte & Mackay, damp wood
    • Taste
      cheap alcohol with spice (soju-ish), there's a flavor that's struggling to come out...sorta like plain very lightly salted biscuits (very hard to pull out even after a nose and tongue cleaning)
    • Finish
      none to short cheap alcohol sweetness

  42. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 62 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      46 46
    • Taste
      62 62
    • Finish
      52 52

  43. J.K.Ch scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    This whisky is not overtly wrong, but it is not good.
    • Nose
      Malt, sugar and hint of shy smoke.
    • Taste
      Artificial, Something is trying to break through to the surface, but not long enough to that it could be captured.
    • Finish
      It's not much good. Sweetness and bitterness.

  44. Matt80 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Not one I would buy again. My advice is to spend a little more and upgrade to the Black.
    • Nose
      Slightly smoky, mild honey sweetness
    • Taste
      Starts with malt sweetness but grows increasingly bitter. Quite rough
    • Finish
      Bitter smoky finish. Not enjoyable.

  45. drkrylov scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very aromatic, indeed. Sexily earthy. Peaty, junipery, fruity.
    • Taste
      Very lively. Scenty spiciness. Gingery. Comes on hot and strong.
    • Finish
      Island smokiness and saltiness emerging: lingering and insistent.

  46. drkrylov scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      70 70

  47. dave3 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  48. TastyDram did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Johnnie Walker Red label is marketed as a mix drink by Diageo and I suggest you follow that advise. Use it as an appetiser with ice and soda or mix it with Coke (or Pepsi, I'm not in for a "Who's better" debate). Drinking this one neat is far from a life-changing experience.
    • Nose
       Juniper berries and overripe pears are the main aroma's I'm picking up at the nose. After a few sniffs there's some sort of synthetic component that makes an appearance. I can only identify it (for now) as plastic wrap that spent too much time in the oven.
      At room temperature there's a touch of imitation leather, sweet grains and dry baker's yeast.
    • Taste
      On the palate there's an explosion of soft peat smoke, toasted oak and a mixture of spices. Juniper berries, ginger and pink pepper. And a hint of soft soapiness. But don't worry. It does not get very unpleasant.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite short. An extinguished fire with flakes of oak and pine resin.

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