Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
John Walker & Sons (JW&S)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
17 Jan 2014 5:23 pm by Erik Elixir

Average value

€ 26.29

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641 × member ratings

2005 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Johnnie Walker Black Label

87 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 74.99 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

    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. bninkie scored this whisky 79 points Member Junior

    I wasn't expecting much from JW Black Label, but it is a decent blend with very complex aromas.

    Nose: smoke, toffee, vanilla, wood, baked apple, walnuts, grapes, plums
    Taste: smokey, nutty, a bit of coffee and raisins
    Finish: medium-long, coffee, spiced, red fruits

  4. ezioaudit scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

  5. 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.

  6. HW74 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    The bottle has been open for over 4 years. When tasting he cut off recently better than the previous times. Either the taste of the whiskey has changed or mine.

  7. HammerHead scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

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

  8. SimondeVette scored this whisky 57 points Expert Junior

    Good enough to mix. Not good enough as a whisky on its own
    • Nose
      Flat, a bit of grain
    • Taste
      A bit of vanilla, honey and smoke, but not much
    • Finish
      Little to no finish

  9. arex1337 scored this whisky 69 points Member Junior

  10. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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


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