Originally Posted by jwise
I have had the following Johnnie Walker expressions:
Red: swill not suitable to mix. Seriously, pour it down the drain.
Black: decent to mix, or serve in tumblers over ice to non-enthusiasts. Nothing I want to drink. On par with Chivas.
Green: a very nice dram, with the boldest flavors in the JW lineup. Tasty! A bit of spice.
Gold: more subdued than the Green, but with the same 'island' profile. Very smooth.
Blue: incredibly smooth, hints of...everything. Very well balanced. Easily approachable, even for someone who has never tasted whisky.
I would (and have) buy JW Green for my cabinet. It is worth it's price of $50 or so. I can't seem to find Gold for less than $90. For that, I could have HP18, Auchen Three Wood, or Bunnahabhain 18. No thanks.
Your assessment of the Red makes me feel vindicated in not even trying it, although I'm sure someday someone will have a bottle and I'll try it at that point, assuming there's ice available.
I didn't like the Black well enough to even keep, and gave it to a friend who thought it was okay, but the Double Black is a much different drink than the standard Black and worth at least checking out. I'd also like to hear what you think of it when you do get the chance, as well as the Platinum.