Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
John Walker & Sons (JW&S)
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
United States United States
Added on
17 jan 2014 7:20 pm by Nezzer

Average value

€ 40.37

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Whisky reviews for Johnnie Walker Double Black

10 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 79.31 points.

  1. erogers scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

     An interesting alternative to Johnnie Walker Black Label, but certainly not a replacement.  It is intense, but smooth.  Basically this is an “amplified” version of Black Label, with the charred wood smokiness intensified.  Still, I noticed a distinctive youthfulness in the grain whisky, and Double Black confirms this by not having an age statement, unlike its 12 Year Old famous sibling.  It’s good, but not worth $45.
    • Nose
       Intense smoke and charred wood, with some spicy notes.
    • Taste
      Very smoky, with more peat and charcoal.  It’s like they doubled the smokiness of Johnnie Walker Black Label, but this variation significantly diminishes the sweetness of JWBL.
    • Finish
      Lingering smoke with some spiced oak.  Very pleasant and rich.

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  3. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Not bad actually.. soft peat and some sweetness

    if only they increase the ABV
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. cloudyweedram scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A very fine blended scotch whisky loved by so many people for a reason.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Faint but nice smoke, roasted almond, lemon oil, orange sponge cake... then fresh cut grass, sunflower cooking oil, with icing sugar on top. A bit weak, but not bad at all. A deep, hard inhalation would be rewarded by some minty, sweet scent. A nice bonus
    • Taste
      80 80
      Mellow mouthfeel. A little burnt toast at the back. Keep on chewing and there's the milk chocolate. The grain whiskies hide themselves very well. But it feels a little too monotonous. It's tasty, but not flavorsome, and could use more complexity. That said, it's still surprisingly good.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Nice citrus-y refreshing aftertaste. A little meaty. Another bonus. It is until now the grain whisky elements revealed themselves.

  5. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Mild smoke, fruit, light peat, honey, some freshness. Soft nose.
    • Taste
      Soft sweet peat, dark honey, fruit, light smoke, light spice. Soft but complex and rich palate.
    • Finish
      Sweet and slightly smoky finish. Medium long. Quite nice.

  6. Danileo scored this whisky 74 points Newbie

    Good, but not one of the best smoked whisky

  7. thebonewolf scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    This is better than Black Label, particularly if you like smokier character, but it’s still very much in that vein. I’d much prefer if this were the bottle most bars had rather than the standard, but it’s not something I’d want to order other than when I’m forced to order Black Label based on lack of options. I don’t know that I’ll buy this again unless I find myself wanting to stock some options for guests not as into whisky as I, but still have it be something I would drink. Letting it sit a while increases the smokiness a good deal and would bump the score up a few points.
    • Nose
      72 72
      Cherry, brine, smoke, oak, tea.
    • Taste
      76 76
      Thin, oak char, molasses, bit of smoke and spice.
    • Finish
      73 73
      Malty, charred wood, pepper.

  8. Floor scored this whisky 65 points Member Senior

    Like Black it's whiskey... but this time it's Double

  9. RazvanGheorghies scored this whisky 79 points Member Junior

    77 – 79 (C+) = Average – not good, not bad, just is
    There might be some minor flaws, all-in-all it’s not offensive, but it might be boring. There’s just nothing at all noteworthy about this whiskey.

    Note: looses smokiness half way in the bottle
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  10. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Medical smoke, but not overloaded. Some caramel. A light citrus note. Liquorice with a hint of pepper. Overall, pretty soft.
    • Taste
      Smokier than the nose pretends. A little lemon and an intense hint of licorice. Slightly bitter with this hint of pepper. A touch of vanilla.
    • Finish
      Medium. Smoky and a bit bitter.

  11. drkrylov scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  12. drkrylov scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoky and slightly medicinal, hints of citrus and a sweetness.
    • Taste
      Rich and full. A slight grain note, black pepper comes through with a peated edge.
    • Finish
      Short, sweet. Fades quickly.


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