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Overall rating
74.90/100
votes
382
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

382 × member ratings

1225 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Johnnie Walker Black Label

64 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 74.90 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 80 points 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. praisethepasta scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    A well above average blend and worth its money. it's easy to hate on JW, but credits due here: a fine, easy sipping background whisky with no off notes whatsoever. Perfect to start a tasting session and good enough on its own as it develops nicely over time in your glass.
    • Nose
      78 78
      honey, oranges, vanilla, a whiff of tea, faint smoke, some pepper (probably the talisker talking) and red fruits (raspberry, plums).
    • Taste
      80 80
      grainy (bread/biscuits), some smoke, red fruit. the smokey and peppery notes become more prominent over time
    • Finish
      75 75
      sharp, medium long & rather dry, dominated by a vanilla note

  3. Alois scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Very tasty Blended, quite good but simple.
    • Nose
      Fresh and fruity
    • Taste
      Honey and barley, some herbs. Very soft
    • Finish
      Barley and fruity

  4. Max70 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Severan scored this whisky 76 points Newbie

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

  6. Rien scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      73 73

  7. iDea D scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Cubey666 scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      60 60
    • Finish
      66 66

  9. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    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[+]

  10. karloff scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      81 81

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