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Johnnie Walker Black Label

Overall rating
74.98/100
votes
334

Member rates

1111 × 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

59 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
“There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.” (W. Faulkner)
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
Whisky,no doubt, is a Devil; but why has this Devil so many worshippers?
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. 

Whisky,no doubt, is a Devil; but why has this Devil so many worshippers?
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
pianoman
Expert Senior pianoman Tasting note
18 Oct 2016 9:46 pm
pianoman gave this whisky 73 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Leicht. Gras und Vanille. Etwas Süße.

Taste

Etwas fad. Malz, Kartoffeln, nasse Pappe. Wodka. Kurz und blass.

Finish
Comments
vojt466
Expert Senior vojt466 Tasting note
09 Oct 2016 8:02 pm
vojt466 gave this whisky 74 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Subtilní a ne moc výrazná vůně - sladká, lehce nakouřená a kořenitá - spálený toast, med, čokoláda, guma

Taste

Chuť je rozhodně výraznější - sladká, olejnatá, dřevitá, karamel, bílá čokoláda, sladká guma a koření

Finish

V dozvuku mléčná čokoláda, vanilka a pepř

Comments

Oproti Chivas Regal 12 a Loch Lomond rozhodně krok kupředu v rámci dnešního večera..

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