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Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Years makes a comeback after half-decade hiatus

Many styles, one distinct dram.

ohnnie Walker has reintroduced its blended malt Scotch whisky after a 5-year absence on the market. The range was almost fully discontinued in 2012, the same year as the debut of Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve and Johnnie Walker Platinum Label.

“Johnnie Walker Green Label is an extraordinary whisky that stems from the exceptional craftsmanship of our blenders and their skill in selecting and blending malt whiskies to deliver a rich, balanced blend and multi-dimensional flavour profile,” said David White, Director & General Manager, Moet Hennessy Diageo in a press statement.

In its prime, the label won numerous international accolades including Double Gold and Best Blended Scotch at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2006 and 2007. Crafted specially from a blend of Speyside, Highland, Lowland and Island malts, it infuses the distinct character of single malt whiskies with an injection of depth and complexity. The resulting flavour is a meticulously balanced representation of Talisker, Linkwood, Cragganmore and Caol Ila, the four signature styles of the whisky maker.

(RELATED: If you’re crazy about flavour variety in your whisky, try Bruichladdich’s Black Art 5.)

Expect a gorgeous unravelling of wood smoke, pepper, oak and rich fruits, where you will first take to its depth, whichfurther intrigues with additional notes of cedar wood, light garden fruits and flowers. At its heart, you’ll find subtle sweet wood smoke and sandalwood, with finishing notes of rich fruit, drying sea salt and peat smoke.

“The challenge of Johnnie Walker Green Label is to have a wide flavour spectrum from malts matured for at least 15 years in American and European Oak,” says Johnnie Walker Master Blender Dr Jim Beveridge. “Crafting this blend is all about making the aromas more pronounced and vibrant, allowing us to shape a blend that has the depth of character which just isn’t possible from one malt whisky alone.”

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This story first appeared on Luxury Insider.