Matt "Guitar" Murphy with... no kidding... "Buck's Boogie:"
Why... thank ya, Matt. I think I'm gonna name my first-born in honor of this tune. Speakin' of... this tune has everything I like about whiskey drinkin' music: a tinkling honky-tonk piano, economical but evocative guitar licks, and a honkin' sax. It rarely gets better than this, Gentle Reader. Needless to say, we were listenin' to a lot o' blues this evening... it was that kinda night.
I mentioned in the post below that we would be broadening our horizons this evening and we most certainly did. I knocked back about six fingers worth of that Johnnie Walker Green... poured over two ice cubes in three installments... and I'm impressed. The long and the short of it: Green is worthy; I like this blend even better than the Gold.
While JW Green isn't silky smooth like the Gold it has a LOT more character. That's not to say the dram isn't smooth, because it is. No, the Green is a lot smokier and the peat overtones are very prominent, as is the peppery "bite" of the whiskey, which is just damned near perfect in my book. That sensation isn't overpowering like the sort of bite you get with most bourbons, it's just enough to let you know that this is whiskey... and that's a good thing. The taste begins with a pleasant sweet sensation in the mouth until such time as the smoky peat comes to the fore and then it finishes off with a very pleasing warmth that lasts and lasts. I don't care WHAT Kermit sez... it's very easy bein' green when your green is made by Johnnie Walker.
Added, 2200 hrs: I said I'd get back to ya, Gentle Reader, on the matter of what the empty glass smells like (see the post below). Well, we gave it an hour and then we subjected the empty glass to an extensive nose test. Alas, the glass smells NOTHING like herb... just whiskey, which is pretty nice, in and of itself. We spent a lot o' time with our nose buried in the empty glass... like this:
Nothing even remotely like pot came to mind. We did briefly entertain the notion of goin' back for fourths, but we resisted.