geoduck wrote: Rooney wrote: bjsesq wrote:
hds2388 wrote:Good enough for winston churchill? Good enough for me.
staring down the Nazis, winning the Battle of Britain, making fun of French people and welcoming the Americans a few years down the road.
Gecko of Doom wrote:
geoduck wrote:Johnny Red shouldn't even exist.
+1. I would drink Natty before I would drink Red.
Red is horrible. There is nothing it does well. Nothing. For the price, you can have better American or Irish whiskey. And it makes a horrible show for the Scotch name. Black I could drink in a mixed drink or straight if pressed. Red? I wouldn't even let it be in my smokey martini. It'd cheapen the gin.
Johnnie Walker red is gasoline. There are much, MUCH better american whiskeys for the price. Black is passable as a low level mixer. Any of the other ones you are paying premium prices for blended scotch, a joke. Johnnie Walker blue is one of the biggest scams in the industry. It is a blended scotch costing upwards of $200, and, get this - THEY DON'T EVEN TELL YOU THE AGE OF THE WHISKY's IN IT. Don't believe me? Google it, read their website. They tell you nothing about it.
Johnnie green and gold are your best bet. The are blended malt, which means there is no grain whisky (the crappy stuff) included, just malt.
Odds are it costs them less to produce it than the gold or the green, but then market it as the top of the line. People buy into marketing in this industry, trust me. There are countless examples of producers actually making a product that costs less to produce than another one of their products, and then selling it for more, marketing it to be better.
Some great whiskys for the dollar are glenfiddich solera 15 yr, balvenie 12 yr, 15, and 14 carribean cask (arguably the best for the dollar producer of scotch right now). Glenmorangie is pretty good too, especially the la santa sherry cask.
There are plenty of scotches around 50-100 bucks that actually are better than johnnie blue.
Source: Working for years in the liquor industry, and tasting 100's of scotches.