I just got a 1 liter bottle of Johnnie Walker Pure Malt (15 yo) also called Green Label today. This can be found at duty free shops but isn't available in the U.S. as a normal off the shelf bottle. The label doesn't say it is a single malt just that it is an "Extra-Special Highland Malt Whiskey" Most likely a vatted scotch that fits pricewise between the standard Black Label and the 18 yo Gold Label. Like all JW blends you can notice the presence of Cardhu as one of the main ingredients. Since I was smoking a Petrus Fortus Churchill with this I can't give a very good "nosing". I did find this to be a very smooth drink with a sightly sweet begining but with a very short after taste with just a hint of smoke and perhaps a trace of almonds but that might be interaction with the cigar. The flavor was gone in a minute after passing over the tongue and didn't linger like some single malts.
Overall, not a bad blend and certainly a step up over the black label but nothing that I would go out of the way to find, especially with the Gold Label being available at about the same price albeit in a smaller 750 bottle. If you see it in your travels and have the extra cash it will make a conversation piece with your scotch drinking friends but don't expect anything out of the ordinary.
This is now available just about everywhere in the US since I originaly did this review. I've since tried this a few more times without the cigar and it has improved immensely. The finish is longer and more complex then I reported above and without the cigar more flavors are noticed in the tasting. I'll now say this is an ACE
Edited by AVB, 09 January 2007 - 10:33 PM.