Overall rating
78.39/100
votes
482
Whiskybase ID
WB50624
Category
Blend
Bottler
John Walker & Sons (JW&S)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L7044CA004
Barcode
5000267116426
Added on
12 jan 2014 7:58 pm by wbarchive_350097
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Average value

€ 33.12

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Whisky reviews for Johnnie Walker Double Black

67 users have left 71 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 78.39 points.

  1. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    29.09.2020

    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.

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  3. IndiJ scored this whisky 72 points Member Junior

    received as a gift. After the Islay version I was deeply disappointed.
    There's nothing but a bit of smoke, no real nose, and an exit doesn't really exist.
    Land at the Kochwiskies.

  4. VLG scored this whisky 46 points Expert Junior

    46

  5. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Always a solid blend. Nose could be more expressive, but the additional smoke shows up on the palate, along with raisins, honey, pepper, and some fruit. Great, long finish.

  6. WHISKOPIJCA scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. hzs275 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    there is nothing in it
    • Nose
      69 69
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      69 69

  8. Whisky1420 scored this whisky 100 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Slightly smoky and almost medicinal on the nose, it offers up hints of vanilla, a little tar, a touch of barbecue sauce, citrus and malt
    • Taste
      Good body and very creamy with a sublimely malty core. It offers up a surprising level of peat smoke which works really well. Creamy sweetness, hints of soft wood smoke, salty butter, custard and cereal grains
    • Finish
      Good length with notes of malt, boiled sweets, black pepper and cool smoke

  9. DrunkDude scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Slightly worse, but much better than Black.
    The peat is heavy and deep, and the flavor is fairly strong. A lot of maltose, weak alcohol stimulation, with vanilla, smoky, caramel as the main notes.

  10. Sajmon scored this whisky 69 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke
    • Taste
      Bitter, hints of chocolate
    • Finish
      Smoke, malt, leather

  11. joeynoreen scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Hsh scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    3.7 A blended feeling covered with moderate smokey pits There was no variety in taste and it was flat, but moderate pits and a hint of lemon were okay. It didn't bother me, and the price seemed just right. However, regardless of the price, Black Label was more colorful and delicious in both knit and highball.

  13. WHISKY BEAKER scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    I expected more from the double black than from the regular black... was a bit disappointing.
    Great sipper if you don't want to go deep in terms of flavor profile, and that's about all.

  14. thijswibier scored this whisky 80 points Newbie

    slightly smoky, resembles talisker rouge

  15. CellarToberi scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Slowly forming thick straight primary, narrow very slow secondary legs. Droplets. Water brings to the fore the sweetness, maltiness, and smokiness on the nose, while making the palate sweeter and the finish smoother and smokier.
    • Nose
      Fruity: candied and dried dark, fresh and citrus fruits. Cereal: malty biscuits, then sharper grain notes. Peaty and maritime notes. Light herbal notes. Spicy: sweet: caramel, honey, nougat, and peppery. Slight earthy notes. Nutty. Richer nose than the 12 YO Black, but not as full bodied. Drifting.
    • Taste
      Dark fruit and vanilla on the arrival, develops spiciness: pepper, light fruitiness and peaty smoke. Briny and oaky notes. Thinner than the nose.
    • Finish
      Medium: smoke, pepper, tannins. Young.

  16. 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.

  17. Travelller scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    75/100

  18. 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

  19. eNZzo scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

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

  20. 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

  21. ctu scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

  22. MLE scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      74 74

  23. jvanopstal scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Strong stuff. Probably mainly appreciated by a novice whisky drinker
    • Nose
      76 76
      Smoky and a little medicinal with some fruit
    • Taste
      76 76
      Peaty smoke and a little touch of sweetness of honey
    • Finish
      77 77
      Long smoky and spicy

  24. VanOpek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      a little bit medicinal, slightly smoky, dry, alcohol, undefined sweetness
    • Taste
      dry, pepper, hints of sweetness, oak, light and smooth, uncomplicated, highly palatable, smoky
    • Finish
      a lot of oak, dry, warm, rather short, bitterness, disappears quickly, pleasant but simple

  25. Rody024 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Tar, peat, smoke and vanilla.
    • Taste
      70 70
      Peat, caramel and some leather.
    • Finish
      70 70
      Short finish with a whiff of smoke.

  26. EvilAFI scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Creamy, vanilla, thin, light peat, brine, eucalyptus, touch of pepper, grainy

  27. Mapl scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Fished off the shelf today after 14 months (December 17th, 2021). 3/4 still in the bottle. I am very amazed. At least +4 points.
    What an incredible difference!
    I easily give 87 if not 88 points! Wow
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  28. Arne13 scored this whisky 68 points Newbie

    rocker

  29. Kilo1 scored this whisky 65 points Expert Junior

    Not a simple, smoky but liquidish whiskey, the second time I would not have taken a bottle.

  30. EmilioG77 scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    Great whiskey pra every day for the good value for money
    • Nose
      84 84
      Strong smell of peat, a lot of smoke and some vanilla.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Great balance between smoky flavor, wood and leather.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short and quite smooth, the smoky leaves room for the caramel.

  31. Gigiomix scored this whisky 65 points Member Senior

    Intrigued by the range (I had never tasted a Johnnie Walker in my life, I swear!) I took the mini-bottle tasting kit with the tops, Black, Double Black, Gold Label Reserve and Blue Label. Ranking and notes: 5: Double Black: a lot of resin on the nose, dried fruit on the palate, a lot of smoking and a little bitterish. Weak and bitter finish. None of that. 2.5. 4: 18 Years Old: I thought better, he too weak on the nose, hay prevails ... on the palate light with dried fruit, grass and many spices. Not bad ending, the best part: sweet but short. 3. 3: Gold Label Reserve. On the nose and on the palate hazelnut and vanilla, hazelnut cake and dried fruit. Weak finish of custard. 3 2: Black Label: big surprise considering the ridiculous price! On the nose and on the palate cream and vanilla, light smoking (not as strong as double). Short but pleasantly full-bodied finish. I also found a drizzle of peat. What can I say, with € 25 you take home a bottle far better than many 12yo singles on the market ... 3.5. 1: Blue Label: I was curious and doubtful. A blended nas of 150 and passes € per bowl, not appreciated on bible whiskey but recognized as a great whiskey. I disagree with the high Jim Murray ... and I will immediately buy a whole bottle! On the nose light, but on the palate explosion of sweet, honey, Williams pears, pine nuts, Catalan cream. Pure silk on the tongue. Long but not very long finish. A whiskey to always have in the cabinet, to drink at any time. True masterpiece for me. 5+

  32. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    very good blend, very tasty and tasty, nice and soft and round. Excellent PLV. It's something for everyday enjoyment.
    • Nose
      somewhat smoky, sweet, with vanilla, a slight campfire smell, slightly fruity and spicy, a little malt
    • Taste
      Smoky, fruity sweet with malt and oak. Very soft and comfortable
    • Finish
      Smoky sweet, with chocolate, nuts and malt, medium length

  33. Canucks89 scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    Scent: light citrus. Freshly mowed grass. Let peat. Fresh. Hint of vanilla.
    Taste: light fresh fruit. Eg bitter. Let peat.
    Aftertaste: peat. Slightly bitter metal.

  34. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

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

  35. kimmosuo scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  36. scary scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      73 73

  37. AdamsB scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    The only peat blend whiskey in the JW family.
    • Nose
      66 66
      Smoke, vanilla, honey, almonds, pitch, hospital smell
    • Taste
      69 69
      Peaty smoke, vanilla, pepper,
    • Finish
      69 69
      Wanilia, lukrecja, długi, nie intensywny smak torfowego dymu.

  38. whiskyd scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      71 71
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      71 71

  39. c02pon scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    A nice smooth whisky, Nothing complex, not overly peaty but a good everyday whisky.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  40. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Sweet fruits, vanilla, furniture polish, cinnamon, cake, floral, dates, caramel, cream notes on nose.

    Creosote, spices, pepper, cream, oak cask, light dryness, dried fruits on palate.

    Middle finish with caramel, peated smoke, spices, vanilla, dry hay and sea foods note.

    This is a very good scotch with nice balance of sweetness and peat smoke.

  41. Dr.Nose scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The fragrance is slightly smoky with lots of liquorice (typical Dutch 'trekdrop') and some spiciness. The taste is somewhat sharp with again clear liquorice influences. The finish is short with bitterness and spiciness in it.

  42. punchbowl scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  43. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  44. Calmar scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    It's weak, very simple and unpretentious, but it's probably the first product in the Johnny line that you can drink for pleasure in its purest form, black does not hold out, let alone red.
    • Nose
      Raw, cool, smoke, wet coals, ash, dry peat, wet wool.
    • Taste
      Smoky woody, peppery, lemon peels, light creamy notes, boiled condensed milk.
    • Finish
      Pepper-spicy, lemon peel, a little confectionery sweets, a young bark, grassy bitterness.

  45. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  46. 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
    86/100
    • 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.

  47. 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.

  48. valery77 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      76 76

  49. Andytka3 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    N- Burn leaf, fresh wood and pencils shaving. A little tar lurking, high on malt with no trace of pungent raw grain.

    P- Creamy, mashed cherry, malty with drift of grassy grain. Black coffee, hints of ginger.

    F- Short-medium, smooth, syrupy. Lack of punch.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      81 81

  50. Doctor B. scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  51. maltaholic scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Very pleasant aroma, light smoke, fruity, green apples. Not bad...

  52. sammy01 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

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

  53. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    it is a blend, the one that the pure manic of the SM will never taste!
    and yet there is caol ila talisker inside and full of smoke!
    a very good blend, good ratio Q / P On the nose, spices, caramel, and yellow fruits

    On the palate, peat and smoke intertwine with orange fruits (orange peel !!) good, the finish is short, but it's a blend, we find the side spice-smoke!
    • Nose
      strong in wood, spices, fruits a little cooked, in smoke, a blend that has no waves, a little camphor and bitter oranges.

  54. mer1973 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  55. Matt80 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Caramel, burnt toffee, smoke, dark chocolate, a little fishy.

      With water- much more fish with a slight sugar sweetness.
    • Taste
      Oily mouth feel reminiscent of Johnnie Walker Black, smoke, salt, oysters, mild spice, brine.

      With water- spicier and smokier
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, spicy and quite salty

  56. theendh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  57. Peter87 scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      72 72

  58. sopie scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  59. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  60. HunterRomario scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Aroma surprisingly strong and strong. Pinewood, resin, sweet as well, honey, a few moments until the fruiting frustration (it is a bit disturbing) and mild dulcimer. (84 b)
    • Taste
      Blend is known, but it's pretty oily, which I like. Wood, coal, ash. (82 b)

  61. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 80 points Photo Moderator

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

  62. HammerHead scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

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

  63. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Do not add water! I rated it for its blend value. It is a good blend, with extra Talisker and Caol Ila in the mix.
    • Nose
      Start: Briny, smoke. Wood sweetness. Vanilla.
      Later: grainy. Vanilla.
    • Taste
      Complex and balanced. Sweet, brine, smoke, grain.
    • Finish
      Short finish. It is a blend.

  64. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      76 76

  65. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    considering the 40% price difference from the black label, it's not worth the price if you're buying it for the weak peat / smoke addition, get a Laphroaig instead

  66. drkrylov scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoky and slightly medicinal, hints of citrus and a sweetness.
    • Taste
      Rich and full. A slight grain note, black pepper comes through with a peated edge.
    • Finish
      Short, sweet. Fades quickly.

  67. drkrylov scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  68. dave3 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  69. Cipidos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      85 85

  70. Buckeyechemie scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  71. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      84 84

  72. Gronqvist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Slightly smoky with notes of medicine, vanilla, a little tar, a touch of barbecue sauce, citrus and malt. The best way to release this great fragrance is to add a small drop of clean water. 
    • Taste
      Good filling, very creamy with a sublime malty core and a surprising degree of peat and smoke, which works really well. The creamy sweetness, hints of soft wood smoke, salt, butter, raisins, orange, clove and grain. 
    • Finish
      Good length with notes of malt, candy, black pepper and cool smoke.

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