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Overall rating
74.86/100
votes
363
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
Barcode
5000267024202
Added on
17 Jan 2014 5:43 pm by Erik Elixer
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 26,85

363 × member ratings

1177 × in collection

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

All versions

Category Rating
Nose
19
Taste
19
Finish
18
Balance
19

Tastingtags

61 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Slàinte Mhath Review note
09 May 2017 7:27 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 80 points

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 80 pts   ·AVERAGE·

Weighted Rate
79.6
Nose
78
Initial taste
82
Body
80
Finish
76
Price
82
Presentation
82
“That's what I do. I drink, and I know things.” (Tyrion Lannister)
Severan
Newbie Severan Review note
26 Mar 2018 2:35 pm
Severan gave this whisky 76 points
Weighted Rate
75.8
Nose
75
Initial taste
77
Body
72
Finish
75
Price
80
Presentation
80
Rien
Expert Senior Rien Review note
25 Feb 2018 7:11 pm
Rien gave this whisky 75 points
Weighted Rate
74.9
Nose
75
Initial taste
73
Body
73
Finish
73
Price
78
Presentation
83
My Collection
iDea D
Expert Senior iDea D Review note
09 Nov 2017 9:38 pm
iDea D gave this whisky 83 points
Weighted Rate
82.6
Nose
85
Initial taste
85
Body
83
Finish
80
Price
80
Presentation
80
Dimitri
Cubey666
Expert Senior Cubey666 Review note
27 Jul 2017 9:22 pm
Cubey666 gave this whisky 66 points
Weighted Rate
66
Nose
70
Initial taste
60
Body
68
Finish
66
Price
66
Presentation
66
My Collection
jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
04 May 2017 1:19 pm
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 78 points

Blog

No need for a sermon here. Much like when i spend time with Highland Park 12 wishing to have the 18yo, I spent the whole time with this dram wishing it was the Platinum 18yo. It’s just as well blended as the Platinum I’m sure, but there are no standout features at all. What's lacking most is depth whilst it’s youthfulness only brings a soft-pokey thinness, and bottled at 40% which doesn’t help it’s cause. I’m sure however it’s good enough as a reasonably priced aged blend [£26 May ’17], to maintain copious worldwide sales for JW [450 bottles per minute], though at that price point you’re in core single malt territory - Glenmorangie 10, Laphroaig 10, Bunna 12,….. and the Bunna 12 is really good at the moment.


Scores a D[+]

karloff
Specialist karloff Review note
22 Jan 2017 8:47 pm
karloff gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
84.7
Nose
83
Initial taste
87
Body
87
Finish
81
Price
86
Presentation
85
Carrots may improve your vision, but whisky will double it.
karloff
Specialist karloff Tasting note
22 Jan 2017 8:31 pm
karloff gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Some dried raisins, a hint of brown leather, dark fudge, black tea, light peatiness and some honey. It also smells like a well soiled old bar.

Taste

There is some smokiness , but it is faint. It is slightly salty with a pinch of spice, there are some mixed dark fruit and green tea. 

Finish

The finish is quite short, but there is a puff of smoke on the death. 

Comments

This is a very reliable and pleasant everyday dram, one of those where you just want to switch off and enjoy. 

Carrots may improve your vision, but whisky will double it.
Andytka3
Connoisseur Andytka3 Review note
25 Dec 2016 7:52 am
Andytka3 gave this whisky 73 points

Nose:- Light body. Touch of pungent spices and mild heat on nose. Quite full with citrusy notes emerge after water added. Fume of dry peat linger at distant. Similar to Highland style.

Palate:- Chewy with dried peat, mashed fruits peels, lightly oil. Hint of bitterness.

Finish:- Smooth and long. Drift of hot peppery spices.

— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Weighted Rate
83.2
Nose
80
Initial taste
83
Body
82
Finish
86
Price
85
Presentation
85
AH Whiskyvitrine
Expert Senior AH Whiskyvitrine Review note
12 Dec 2016 9:56 pm
AH Whiskyvitrine gave this whisky 76 points
Weighted Rate
76.3
Nose
76
Initial taste
75
Body
75
Finish
75
Price
81
Presentation
80

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