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Overall rating
75.02/100
votes
616
Category
Blend
Bottler
John Walker & Sons (JW&S)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L5301CA000
Barcode
5000267024202
Added on
17 Jan 2014 5:23 pm by Erik Elixir
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 27.30

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616 × member ratings

105 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Johnnie Walker Black Label

82 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 75.02 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 80 points Super Administrator

    Almost every bar on the planet has Johnnie Walker Black Label available for a reason: it's a solid and reliable choice. On the nose, you get distant Caol Ila peatiness, rich honey notes, apples and citrus fruits. Not a very intense aroma - but altogether pleasant. Peppery Talisker-spiciness dominates the arrival, while the taste of this Blended Scotch is surprisingly substantial with fruity sweetness, cinnamon and well-measured cask influence. The finish lingers with delicate peat smoke and mild spices. An easy blend with restrained grain whisky bitterness.

    RATING: 3.0/5.0 stars ≙ 80 pts → AVERAGE
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Earthy
    It had been over 5 years since I allowed a Johnnie Walker Black Label to tinkle into my glass. It has a fair reputation, no? It contains quite a few malts, such as Glendullan, Mortlach, Lagavulin, Talisker and Caol Ila, upholstered with grain whisky from Cameronbridge. It is bottled as drinking strength.

    The nose starts off fruity (think peach and candied pineapple), but soon turns somewhat dark on pear drops and brown sugar. It has a mildly salty and smoky edge, but quite discreet. Less than I remember, in any event. But the nose is more than pleasant, to be honest.

    The arrival is surprisingly weak, almost watery. That is a pity, because the taste is not bad at all. Vanilla and some sherry, but then some pleasant earthy notes and a nice development of smoke.

    The finish is fruity, but mostly sweet. And medium in length.

    Well, it is far cry from a big whisky, but still quite pleasant. A card player’s dram in a smoky jacket.

  3. HammerHead scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  4. NXI scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A legend and an absolute classic in the genre, to which everyone owes the necessary respect. Excellent whisky, which is suitable for all occasions and will never let you down.

  5. SRB scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      75 75

  6. Dris scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      69 69
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      70 70

  7. djmaxliving scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    The nose is better than I remember from previous tastings. I suspect they have added in some decent cask into the recipe but @ 40% ABV, it makes the taste a little thin and weak.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Green apples, fruits, peat, sherry, butter, light spice, fudge and vanilla extract.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Some spice, ginger biscuits and peat. Has a nice mouth-coating quality.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium to short, nothing spectacular but some oak appears at the end.

  8. ezioaudit scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

  9. Kilo1 scored this whisky 67 points Expert Junior

    A good whiskey of the bland category, a pleasure to drink, a more mature body is felt compared to red of the same year.

  10. JimJaws scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

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