Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch Whisky Review

Johnnie Walker Red

Johnnie Walker Red Label is the brand’s entry level whisky.  Like all Johnnie Walker releases, this is a blended Scotch whisky.  No age statement and a pretty low price leads me to think JW Red Label is a young whisky.  According to owner Diageo’s product information sheet, Johnnie Walker Red Label is the world’s best selling whisky.  Red Label is a blend of 30 young malt and grain whiskies, and is designed to be a mixer.

This smells like a young whisky.  It’s vibrant and a hair fiery.  I get some sweet toffee, some freshly mowed grass, orange peel, a little peat and a drop of honey.  Nice overall aromas, but the palate is a different story.  It sort of falls apart and becomes a mix of sweet toffee, cinnamon candy (think red hots) and the smallest touch of smoke.  The finish here is nothing more than a slight, sweet burn.

Taken as a mixer, Johnnie Walker Red Label may be a great value.  At some point in the future I’ll try it in some cocktails.  Until then, I can only give you my thoughts on JW Red Label as a neat sipper, which is how I tasted it.  Taken as a sipper, I’d have to pass.  JW Red Label is no where near as complex as Johnnie Walker Black Label.  I would reach for JW Black almost every time.



  1. Please get back to Bourbon. Too many Scotch sites already. does it so well. We need a Bourbon site and there are plenty of Bourbons to review. Do every major brand and all their variations, then branch down to the larger small distilleries, hit the rare ones and the hard to get and finally the small new ones and the craft distillers. That can take a long time to accomplish. If you get through all the bourbons, I guess you can review some Scotches; but I think you can have a great site just doing bourbon. Just my opinion.


    1. Mark, thanks for the comment. Ralfy is incomparable. I haven’t completely moved away from bourbon. There are a few bourbon reviews scheduled in the coming weeks, along with Scotch.


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