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Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve | Taste, Price and Similar Whiskies

The Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve was voted as the best whiskey at the 2018 World Whiskey Awards in the World’s Best Blended category.

This blend is the prime example of a harmonious interplay between Speyside and Highlands whiskeys. Sweet fruits and soft, deep honey notes lead to a finish of woody and the typical smoky aromas of the west coast of Scotland.

It sells for about $60 for a 750ml bottle on average. Originally this blend was marked as being 18 years old. But off late, Diageo has not been marking the gold reserve label bottles as such, indicating that the blend now includes lesser aged malt spirits in it.

What’s with the name?

This blended whiskey owes its name to the river that springs from the Kildon Hills source, in which gold was first found in Scotland in the 19th century. 

It was created in 1920 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Johnnie Walker distillery. This “Celebration Blend” is a personal creation by Jim Beveridge, who wanted to use the Johnnie Walker Gold Label to illustrate the craft of blending. 

Malts used in Gold Label

Unlike Johnnie Walker Green Label Blended Whiskey, which is a mix of only the best single malt whiskeys, Gold Label has some very well-engineered whiskeys in the mix. These grainy whiskeys give the mixed whiskey an additional dimension of sweetness and also contribute to the smoothness.

The main single malt whiskeys used in this blended whiskey are Clynelish and Cardhu. There is also a Talisker and a malt from Royal Lochnagar in the blend. Each whiskey gives this blend something special. 

Clynelish (Highland Region) is known for its honey flavors and gives the mixture a creamy note. Located on the northeast coast of Scotland, Clynelish also has a salty taste. 

Cardhu (Speyside Region) is known for producing high-quality single malt whiskey, which is why it is present in gold blend. This gives the blend a certain smoothness and an oak touch.

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Smell and Taste

On the nose the Johnnie Walker Gold Label has a clear fruity peat note. You can smell the barrel and honey aromas in the background.

Taste-wise it is creamy smooth. It opens with the aroma of sweet nectar and almonds, then turns into fresh fruits and velvety honey tones before yielding notes of smoke and tannins. 

The finish is quite long and towards the end, slight traces of smoke remain on your palette.

It was awarded four prestigious Le Monde Selection Grand Golds awards and the same number of double gold medals at the San Francisco competition.

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How to Drink Gold Label

The Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is good to drink neat at room temperature. We would advise against cooling the blend, adding ice cubes or even using it as a mixed base. 

Johnnie Walker sees it differently and advertises that the not so cheap Gold Label Reserve is ideal for exclusive cocktails and long drinks. Another recommendation from Johnnie Walker is to serve the whiskey in a large glass with crushed ice and an orange slice.

Comparison with Similar Whiskeys

If you like the honey-sweet, creamy taste of Johnnie Walker gold label reserve, then you will find the price-quality comparison with similar whiskys useful.

The gold label reserve is quite similar to the 12 year old black label in its taste characteristics. Although several more years of aging refines the gold label, the black label is certainly better from a price/quality point of view.

NameSizePriceScore
Johnnie Walker Black label750ml$3688/100
Johnnie Walker Green label750ml$6290/100
Johnnie Walker Gold label Reserve750ml$7088/100
Amrut Fusion Single Malt750ml$7489/100
Springbank 10 Year Old Single Malt750ml$8288/100
Price-quality ratio for similar whiskys. Critic scores taken from Whiskey Advocate

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Price List

Seller InformationLocationOffer DescriptionPrice and Size
Mission Wine & SpiritsLos Angeles, CA
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve 50mlUSD 3.49 / Miniature <200ml
Remedy Wine & SpiritsGlendale, CA
USA
JOHNNIE WALKER SCOTCH BLENDED GOLD LABEL 50MLUSD 3.99 / Miniature <200ml
Hi-Time Wine CellarsCosta Mesa, CA
USA
JOHHIE WALKER GOLD RESERVE .50MLUSD 4.99 / Miniature <200ml
Mission Wine & SpiritsLos Angeles, CA
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve 200mlUSD 15.95 / 200ml
Remedy Wine & SpiritsGlendale, CA
USA
JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD SCOTCH BLENDED RESERVE 200MLUSD 15.99 / 200ml
Pike's Wine & LiquorElmont, NY
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold LabelUSD 28.99 / 200ml
Remedy Wine & SpiritsGlendale, CA
USA
JOHNNIE WALKER SCOTCH BLENDED GOLD LABEL RESERVE 750MLUSD 39.99 / Bottle
Glendale LiquorGlendale, CA
USA
Johnnie Walker scotch blended gold label reserve 760mlUSD 42.99
Mission Wine & SpiritsLos Angeles, CA
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve 750mlUSD 44.95 / Bottle
Checkers LiquorsMiami, FL
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Label ReserveUSD 49.98 / Bottle
International Wine ShopWestport, CT
USA
Johnnie Walker Scotch Gold Label Reserve, ScotlandUSD 54.98 / Bottle
The Wine and Cheese PlaceSt Louis, MO
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve (750ml)USD 57.99 / Bottle
Wine AnthologyClark, NJ
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch WhiskyUSD 59 / Bottle
Pike's Wine & LiquorElmont, NY
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Limited EditionUSD 59.97 / Bottle
Vine RepublicMountainside, NJ
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky, ScotlandUSD 59.98 / Bottle
B-21Tarpon Springs, FL
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch, ScotlandUSD 59.99 / Bottle
Wine GlobeMilpitas, CA
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve Blended Scotch WhiskyUSD 59.99 / Bottle
WinesanywhereBrick, NJ
USA
Johnnie Walker Scotch Gold Label Reserve, ScotlandUSD 59.99 / Bottle
Lueken's Wine & SpiritsDunedin, FL
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve 750mlUSD 59.99 / Bottle
Hudson Wine MarketFort Lee, NJ
USA
Johnnie Walker Scotch Gold Label Reserve, ScotlandUSD 59.99 / Bottle
Wine & Liquor WarehouseCanton, CT
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky, ScotlandUSD 59.99 / Bottle
Universal Fine Wine & SpiritsHoliday, FL
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve Blended Scotch WhiskyUSD 59.99 / Bottle
Wines N Liquor OutletWaterbury, CT
USA
Johnnie Walker Scotch Gold Label Reserve, ScotlandUSD 59.99 / Bottle
WineChateau.com - Buy Wine OnlineMetuchen, NJ
USA
Johnnie Walker Scotch Gold Label ReserveUSD 61.95 / Bottle
Buy-Rite Jersey CityJersey City, NJ
USA
Johnnie Walker - Gold Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)USD 61.99 / Bottle
Wine LegendLivingston, NJ
USA
Johnnie Walker - Gold Reserve Blended Scotch WhiskyUSD 64.09 / Bottle
Del Mesa LiquorSan Diego, CA
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Scotch WhiskyUSD 64.99 / Bottle
Modern LiquorsWashington, DC
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch WhiskyUSD 67.99 / Bottle
Total Wine & More, Sacramento ArdenSacramento, CA
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, Blended Scotch, ScotlandUSD 68.99 / Bottle
WineWorks OnlineMarlton, NJ
USA
Johnnie Walker - Gold Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)USD 69.98 / Bottle
Calvert WoodleyWashington, DC
USA
Johnnie Walker - Gold Label Reserve Scotch Whisky (750ml)USD 69.99 / Bottle
Lynnway LiquorsLynn, MA
USA
Johnnie Walker - Gold Reserve Blended Scotch WhiskyUSD 69.99 / Bottle
MacArthur BeveragesWashington, DC
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve WhiskeyUSD 69.99 / Bottle
All Star Wine & SpiritsLatham, NY
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Label ReserveUSD 69.99 / Bottle
Total Wine & More, MilleniaOrlando, FL
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, Blended Scotch, ScotlandUSD 69.99 / Bottle
Arlington Wine & LiquorPoughkeepsie, NY
USA
Johnnie Walker - Gold Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)USD 71.99 / Bottle
Mid Valley Wine & LiquorNewburgh, NY
USA
Johnnie Walker - Gold Label ReserveUSD 72 / Bottle
Best Wine & Spirit 21Manhasset, NY
USA
Johnnie Walker - Gold Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)USD 72.99 / Bottle
Varmax Liquor PantryPort Chester, NY
USA
Johnnie Walker - Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)USD 74.99 / Bottle
Wollaston Wines & SpiritsQuincy, MA
USA
Johnnie Walker Scotch Gold Label Reserve, ScotlandUSD 74.99 / Bottle
Shop-Rite Wines & Spirits of ChesterChester, NJ
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve, ScotlandUSD 74.99 / Bottle
Liquorland - NYSuffern, NY
USA
Johnnie Walker Scotch Gold Label Reserve, ScotlandUSD 74.99 / Bottle
Shamrock Wine & LiquorHighland, NY
USA
Johnnie Walker - Gold Reserve Blended Scotch WhiskyUSD 75.99 / Bottle
White StarBrooklyn, NY
USA
Johnnie Walker Scotch Gold Label Reserve Limited Edition, ScotlandUSD 76.99 / Bottle
Star Wines & LiquorsMonroe, NY
USA
Johnnie Walker Scotch Gold Label Reserve, ScotlandUSD 79.99 / Bottle
Julio's LiquorsWestborough, MA
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve, ScotlandUSD 79.99 / Bottle
Town Wine & SpiritsProvidence, RI
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold ReserveUSD 79.99 / Bottle
Benash Liquor StoreCherry Hill, NJ
USA
Johnnie Walker Scotch Gold Label Reserve, ScotlandUSD 79.99 / Bottle
Blue Streak WinesLong Island City, NY
USA
Johnnie Walker - Gold Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)USD 79.99 / Bottle
Total Wine & More, S. Las Vegas BlvdLas Vegas, NV
USA
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, Blended Scotch, ScotlandUSD 79.99 / Bottle