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Johnnie Walker Bundle Deal (Pack of 7 Whisky / Scotch Whiskies) $500 @ First Choice Liquor

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1 bottles of Johnnie Walker Black Label 12YO Scotch Whisky 700mL $41.90
1 bottles of Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch Whisky 700mL $34.90
1 bottles of Johnnie Walker Double Black Scotch Whisky 700mL $54.95
1 bottles of Johnnie Walker Green 700mL $65.95
1 bottles of Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve 700mL $94.99
1 bottles of Johnnie Walker Aged 18 YO 700mL $125.99
1 bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch Whisky 700mL $212.99

Total value $631.67 as of 25/11 on Dan Murphys

On sale the Blue label drops down to about $160, and 18yr old for $95 so less value paying full price

here are my 1 line reviews for my personal opinion on these

Red: great to strip paint, impress 18 year old boys/girls/kids under 18 by drinking neat and looking like you are a baller, bearable mixed with 2L of coke
Black: Very good no frills, decent depth suitable for neat, rocks, mixers, my go to if I dont want to choose
Double Black: Very good if you like smokeiness/peat. Good neat/rocks, a bit of a waste with mixers
Green: My top pick, a blend of single malts with smoke and earthiness, best bang for buck, neat or rocks, dont mix
Gold: Supposedly slightly better than green in terms of price, a bit sweeter and creamier taste, still a tad on the harsh side, neat or rocks, good if you cant afford blue but still want to impress with the bottle and gold sticker
18 YR old: Overall a little smokey, fruity and sweet well balanced. Rocks/Neat. Not convinced of the price (note: ive only had it once)
Blue: The ultimate symbol of wankery and cluelessness without the astronomical price, easiest way to tell if anyone has any idea about scotch is to see how impressed they are with blue label, severely overpriced for quality, fairly harsh for $200, more like a $80 scotch, serve in a crystal glass from Target with your pinkie sticking up but make sure you remove the Target price tag. Can be mixed because no one will notice or care. Nice heavy Bottle

Combine with https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/498921 for 2000 Bonus Fly buys points
Combine with code 25OFF for $25 off when spending $199 or more
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  • +120 votes

    +1 for the one line reviews haha!

    • +5 votes

      The reviews on Green, Gold and Blue are GOLD!

      • +4 votes

        No Green and Blue are different

        • +3 votes

          The exact reason I had to upvote, this is the best Review I've ever seen for the JW line OP haha!

  • +3 votes

    Looks like our tastes mostly align, though I'd probably go the double black over the green more.

    Though I'd go a different brand 80% of the time too…

    I feel I had a point somewhere but I can't remember what it was…

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    great reviews lol thanks

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    Any tips on best bourbon to mix with 1893 Pepsi ? For a crazy party coming up with emphasis on best .
    Great write up !

    • +14 votes

      Better value here. The Pepsi will hide the flavour well.

      https://www.bunnings.com.au/diggers-methylated-spirits-1l_p1...

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        Anyone actually tried diggers as a mixer?
        I'm sure they've made attempts to make it taste horrible for this reason, but it appears to be non toxic… As such..

        • -2 votes

          Hope you're joking. Methylated spirits usually contains methanol, added to make it poisonous to discourage drinking.

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            @Keplaffintech: I was joking.

            I wont go into more details!!!

            I'll go back to my Grange instead

            https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/498989

          • +1 vote

            @Keplaffintech: Diggers contains no methanol, is almost 98% pure ethenol, mixed with things to discourage drinking, though nothing toxic.

            I'm sure it's very frowned upon, but was curious. I've known one person to distill it into a gin, and read of others doing similar.

            • -1 vote

              @Salmando: Oh dear…..now milking the dregs of what was just a joke. The one person could have found much cheaper ways to find a base for distilling Gin vr having to buy Diggers. Mmmm.

    • +1 vote

      1893 Pepsi

      Surely that would be out of date?

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      Dickels is good and pretty cheap. I polished off a bottle of Johnnie Walker double black with Pepsi 1893 and it was probably one of the nicest mixed drinks I have had.

  • +11 votes

    Spot on with JW Blue summary! The most impressive exercise in marketing I've ever seen.

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      $200 for a blended, non-aged whisky, that's a yikes from me.

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        Blue is 25 minimum, I believe.

  • +9 votes

    Up vote for post only, the deal is meh

  • +2 votes

    Wonderful write up 😊

  • +1 vote

    Not for me. But amazing reviews!! +vote

  • +1 vote

    You get a vote for the reviews :)

    To me it's all swill, but each to their own!

  • +1 vote

    green all the way baby!
    (p.s. - good review!)

  • +1 vote

    +1 for the descriptions and agree 100%, green is the one to go for.

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    +1 for the review too, nailed it!

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    Thats a detailed post. Awesome man

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    Nice one line review. I'll remember those lines when in a party and act like I know stuff. ^^

  • +1 vote

    +1 for the difference between red and black, it's like night and day and well worth the extra few dollars.

  • +2 votes

    I’d suggest criticisms of blue are equally wankerish and roll eye as blue (profanity) drinkers. its pretty common on ozbargain and just feels very tall poppyesque given the highly subjective topic of whisky tasting. Every time there’s a deal for blue people feel the need to express how righteous they are for calling out blue drinkers as (profanity). It’s very yawn.

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      At a guess you're a blue drinker justifying your purchase?

      • +1 vote

        Ive purchased it once from an ozb posted deal on the 150ml bottles and they were great gifts! It’s very very smooth and easy to drink. But I don’t drink a tonne of whisky so I’m not highly attuned to what’s super good and what’s just good.

        I just find it rather boring that criticising Blue seems to have a particular fan club on ozb and it just seems quite unnecessary.

        • +1 vote

          The blue label is absolutely rubbish. I have no idea why it's the price that it is. It makes no sense.

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          You can do much better for the asking price.

    • +2 votes

      The point is that that you are paying for the prestige, not the product. Kind of like paying big money for a basic t-shirt by a designer brand when, at the end of the day, it's just a plain white t-shirt (but with a pony on it!).

      For $200 you can get something much better by most people's standard. If all you want is smoothness, you can get that around $100 like OP said. People pay $200 for complexity and uniqueness.

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        Not saying you or OP is wrong, just expressing my boredom at the smug knowitall comments "lol blue is crap" every time there's a deal on blue like its some sort of achievement to point this out.

        :)

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          I think it's just that a lot of people agree it does not taste that great.

        • +1 vote

          @mooturner "just expressing my boredom at the smug knowitall comments "lol blue is crap" "

          I personally take this as an opinon and usually an informed one from somebody who enjoys Whisky so not a bad thing to save those less informed and to invest their money elsewhere over a blue. Now if the Blue were say, $120 a bottle, then might be worth a taste as a matter of interest and comparison to the rest. I get what you are saying but……….opinion is good on a $200 bottle of whatever :-)

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      I'd suggest comparing blended whiskys at all is a pointless task ("…a blend of single malts…"? So, a blend?), but that's just me.

      Prefer a single malt. Every time.

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    Might be OT, but how do you rate the 'New' Green compared to the 'old' Green?
    I was a massive fan of the old green and pretty annoyed when they stopped making it in favour of the platinum or whatever it was called. Haven't tried it since it was reintroduced.

    • +1 vote

      It's pretty much the same as far as I can tell mate, I've had a few dozen bottles haha

    • +1 vote

      It's still good. Drinking it now in fact. Best bang for buck out there.

  • -1 vote

    When you pick up each of these individually from various outlets, could you not get them for under $500 all up?

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    I would market it as a whiskey dummy blind tasting kit.

    Would be fun teasing someone who can't tell between Red, Green and Gold.

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      Red green and gold should be easy. But I'd be curious between gold, 18 and blue.

      Invite me over when you're running the test. Happy to be a participant ;)

    • +1 vote

      You understand that the best whiskey in the world is the cheapest one that you enjoy drinking right?

  • +1 vote

    Was literally coming to comment about who would pay $500 for many blends, then I read the ops post and had a right old tickle in my rib. Have a + from me old chap.

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    OP you should start a whiskey blog. I'd subscribe.

  • +1 vote

    +1 for the one liners. Please do this on all your future posts.

  • +1 vote

    Blue is nice but I've had more satisfying whiskies for half the price. Blue's marketing material is pure wank. You're assured that some very very old whiskey is mixed in there. How much? Who knows! Maybe it's just a drop. How long? They won't tell you. But the copy makes the whiskey taste twice as good.

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      The homeopathy of whiskey?

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    Tips hat in recognition of fine reviews.

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    Have a +1 just for that comment on the Blue lol.

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    I'm 18 years old and I take offence :(, and hey! Blue is smooth as hell, some of us don't like the smokey taste you know. Jokes aside, 500 is a bit too much for me, need single bottle deals XD

    • +1 vote

      Lots of good single malts under $100 that don't have a smokey taste and are miles better than blue label.

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        New to the market, need to do more exploring to find those treasures, any recommendations?

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          Big fan of Arberlour 12 or Glenlivet Nectar d'Or if we are looking at $100 mark

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          Irish Whiskey.

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            @Brouw3r: Took this advice and bought a bottle of Jameson, I'll try it later on tonight, any specific Irish whiskey that won't break the bank?

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              @theangrywaffle: I'm partial to Tullamore DEW 12 y/o or Bushmills 10 y/o but Jameson is a good starting point if you don't know what you like. If you like the Irish, try Rye whiskeys - Bulleit rye or Wild Turkey rye make the best old fashioneds for the price.

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    Agree wholeheartedly about the Blue. Got some king George at home and it's garbage

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    Anybody in Parramatta buying this?
    Happy to buy Red and Black labels from you! :D
    we can split the cost.

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      Tell you what, you stick on an order and we can swap, I'll grab your Blue and Gold in substitute.
      ……….and why would you want to split the costs. That would mean $250 ($500 split) for the Red and Black. I'm game if you are :-)

  •  

    Joined ozbargain when I saw this offer just so I could warn ozbargainers about my recent experience transacting with firstchoiceliquor on ebay.

    I brought a case of beer over three weeks ago and showed up one week after the purchase at the store to collect only to be told that they had the stock but not my order. They then made a comment that they often have people show up to collect from ebay when they didn't have orders in their system.

    I'm now 3 messages in with them on ebay trying to get them to give my money back with absolutely no response from them. Next stop will be consumer affairs.

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      I had a similar experience. Got no response from them. I contacted eBay and they opened a case. Within a couple of days I was contacted by firstchoice apologising and they sent me my order.

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        I had a similar experience. They never sent the item, didn’t respond to messages. Reported to eBay and they refunded me. All up wasted three weeks and no response.

  • +1 vote

    Surely for $500, we can get 7 bottles of much better tasting whisk(e)ys.

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    I thought blue was pretty smooth but I'm a novice with whiskey. What would you guys recommend instead?

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      Laphroaig is a favourite of mine. It's quite peaty (which I really like) and very smooth. It's also not cheap, I think around $100 a bottle.

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      Anything single malt if you're drinking straight. Glenfiddich 12 is a good place to start.

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      aberlour a'bunadh. Delicious, and so very smooth.

  • -1 vote

    agree with reviews, JW sucks. horrible horrible. Aberlour even at full price much nicer than JW BLue.

    • +1 vote

      Don't think he/she is saying it sucks, just that some of it is bad value.

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    I got no idea who this is targeted to. Who drinks Red label, green label and blue label? 3 completely different people lol

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      People who like to buy a set and look at their collection for a little while. Nothing wrong with that.

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    Nice review. May i ask what is your whiskey of choice (non JW)?

  •  

    Great post. Great review. Well done.

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    Great reviews. For those telling others to stop criticising blue, listen to the criticism. Blue isn't bad, it might actually be the only one that's any good. It's just about 3-4x the price it should be.

    It can't hold a candle to almost any $80 whisky.

    Meanwhile, no deal for me, as you end up getting a bunch of Jonnie Walker instead of 4-6 decent bottles of whisky.

  • +1 vote

    Had to upvote this post and review. Excellent work OP!

    Personally, with $500 I'd rather buy less but better whiskys.

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