Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
John Walker & Sons (JW&S)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
12 Jan 2014 7:58 pm by wbarchive_350097

Average value

€ 33.49

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Whisky Reviews for Johnnie Walker Double Black

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.43 points

  1. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior


    More intense and more smoke than the Black Label. Well balanced and easy to drink.
    • Nose
      At first fruity, especially mandarin. Then a light smoke that reminds of smoked ham. Some chocolate, or rather cocoa powder. The initially light leather note becomes stronger, plus a little salt. Quite interesting actually.
    • Taste
      Malty and very soft, but not watery. A nice sweetness, a hint of pepper, orange and light smoke.
    • Finish
      The smoke is most noticeable in the finish. In addition, spices, leather and chocolate. An ashy taste remains on the tongue.

  2. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    aren´t we snobs sometimes. this baby has been resting in peace for quite some time on my shelf since I have opened it. what a shame, cause this is good stuff and a real bfyb at that price.
    of course not a big whisky but it beats hundreds of far more expensive single malts.
    up 3 points since last time
    • Nose
      wow... this is not bad at all. a nice, round peater with great balance.
      the smoke is obvious but gentle and integrated very well. a little eucalyptus and cough candies.
      coastal feeling with sea breeze, wet beach, hemp ropes and some linseed oil. mild oak.
    • Taste
      good harmony with gentle smoke, sweet malt, a little vanilla, honey or a little beeswax.
      the peated components seem to be rather young but I´d say , there are older non peated whiskies in this blend. I´d really like to know which!
    • Finish
      medium and clean.

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    My first whiskey with screw cap since a felt eternity. The price and the fact that I bought a blend make me a little skeptical about the first glass and the first sip. The Johnny Walker Double Black is certainly not a bad whiskey, and for me it can not compete with a single malt. Granted, the JW is a good all-day dram, nothing more, nothing less. A decent PLV and a whiskey next door.
    • Nose
      After pouring a discreet column of smoke rises, fruity elements join. Earthy peat slowly dissolves from the cold smoke, apples and pears mix with the now smoky peat. A pinch of pepper lies in the background while malted cereal mixes with some caramel. A syrupy streak sticks to the glass wall, individual drops dissolve and flow back oily into the glass. Peat, smoke and sweet caramel now dominate the nose.
    • Taste
      Fruity, sourish flavors mix with the first sip with dry and dry wood elements. Slowly the earthy peat aroma of the nose returns, the cold smoky note lies discreetly in the background, a pinch of pepper spreads warming in the mouth. The austere oak tones now harmonize relatively well with the smoky peat, an old and dark walnut aroma rises from the dry wood notes. The wood and the peat play together and slowly the taste goes on harsh and smoky in the finish.
    • Finish
      Woody notes and cold smoke mix to a bitter aroma. Here and there are fruity elements, a hint of vanilla comes to light. Slowly, the harsh oak tones go back into dark and old walnut flavor. A pleasant peat note is above all else.

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. KicajHCNT scored this whisky 80 points Newbie

    Very nice and drinkable blended whisky.
    Tastes sweet, smoke, chocolate, citrus, spicy in this specific order.
    I like it more than for example islay mist.

  6. Travelller scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior


  7. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      distinct smoke, but not too intrusive, a distinct and sweet note; light fruit; clear coastal note
    • Taste
      salty at first; then a slight warmth and a hint of pepper; light fruit;
    • Finish
      Spicy; light smoke, light fruit brandy; nice spice on tap. slight citrus note

  8. eNZzo scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  9. The_Osprey scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Johnnie Walker Double Black 40%. Plenty of caramel in this dark orange whisky. Aroma is quite muted with touches of fudgey sweetness suggesting bourbon barrel aged grain whisky. No smoke. When searching I get small suggestions of spice, sea breeze and sherry behind papery mulched paper. Taste is very watery and clean up front. First sip is like drinking papery water. Then some third fill bourbon cask notes with no smoke at all. This is an odd one. It's not bad and it tastes like whisky but it has the minimum whisky flavour you could have in a beverage without it becoming something else. Curious but not bad. In fact there's a building chocolatey sherried note as though 1/50th of the blend is an old sherry matured whisky. It's a grower and very easy to drink. It really grew on me - up front it was all grain and by the end of the glass it's a crystalline watery version of Dalmore. Highly drinkable, and something that needs to be highly drinkable so that you can appreciate some of the complexity that only comes out after you've consumed 50ml! 3.25/78

  10. ctu scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur


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