Johnnie Walker Double Black Label Blended

Johnnie Walker Double Black Label Blended

$56.00

  • Brand:Johnnie Walker
  • Categories:Scotch Whisky, Whiskey
  • ABV:40%
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Johnnie Walker Double Black Label Blended

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Indulge all of your senses with a smooth glass of Johnnie Walker Double Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky. Strongly influenced by powerful and peaty West Coast and Islay Single Malts, the intensity is immediately apparent with the taste of smoke and smoldering spices. An impressive blended Scotch to share, whatever the occasion. Simply mix with soda water, pour over ice and garnish with a lime wedge for a Highball cocktail. Johnnie Walker was recognized as one of the world’s top-trending Scotch whiskies at the 2020 Drinks International awards. The Johnnie Walker brand’s extraordinary knowledge of Scotland’s malts and its deep desire to create well-balanced blends of island malt whiskies led to the whisky brand we have today. Each batch is then carefully matured to perfection in quality oak casks. As one of the biggest whisky brands in the world, Johnnie Walker embraces a rallying cry for optimism through adversity as it challenges the world to keep walking. Please drink responsibly.

Tasting Notes

Color: Unlike Johnnie Walker’s classic Black Label, which comes in a clear bottle, Double Black is housed in a translucent black bottle, most likely to better differentiate it on store and bar shelves. In the glass, it’s the same golden caramel color as Black Label, perhaps just a touch lighter.

Nose: Light smoke predominates, more so than with Black Label, but just beneath the surface are powerful sweet notes of toffee, honey, ripe red apple, peach and melon.

Palate: As with the nose, the smokiness of Double Black is more intense (double the intensity, perhaps?) of Black Label, complemented by flavors of sweet apple and pear dipped in honey. The smoke, along with hints of spices like cinnamon and clove, lingers on the tongue the longest.

Finish: Both sweetness and smoke linger for quite a while, along with a touch of menthol; inhale deeply post-sip, and it’s a little reminiscent of a clove cigarette.

Our Review

Johnnie Walker is a rare beast, a wildly popular brand that’s found virtually everywhere Scotch whisky is sold, but it’s also widely respected, even revered, by whisky snobs who generally gravitate to single malts over blends. Johnnie Walker Double Black is a smokier, more Islay-centric variation on the brand’s classic Black Label expression. It was originally a travel retail exclusive before making its way to general release in 2011.

Johnnie Walker’s Black Label is one of the most beautifully balanced blended scotches, with a gentle sweetness tempered by light smoke. Double Black aims to crank up the dry smoky notes through an increase of peated malts in the blend, as well as with the use of heavily charred ex-sherry casks. The result is not just cranked-up smoke but cranked-up everything: a blended whisky for single malt lovers.

Or is it? While it’s surprisingly high-octane for a blend, it still lacks a certain intensity and regional specificity that defines the best single malts. And it may be a little too out-there for lovers of classic, lighter blends, including Black Label. That said, it holds together surprisingly well considering how easily it could have gone off the rails. It’s big and bold and goes great in cocktails; try it in a Whisk(e)y Sour or Rob Roy for starters. And sipping it neat or with an ice cube is also quite the treat.

While Johnnie Walker hasn’t disclosed which single malts are included in the Double Black blend, based on the flavor (and the brand’s ownership by Diageo), it’s a good bet that substantial amounts of smokier whiskies such as Caol Ila and Talisker are in the mix.

 

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