What's in a name? Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old whiskey, rather than whisky.
The nose is quite full. There are notes of winter spice and treacle, hints of white pepper and a little citrus. The palate is quite rich and full. There are notes of wood smoke and dry spice, hints of barley and cereal with creamy toffee and a distinct herbal note. The finish is quite fruity and long with a note of sultanas and mixed peels.
This blend has a truly complex nose, with a bit of smoke and a juicy fruit. Oily and creamy in the palate, giving an opulent mouthfeel. Finish is quite long. In sum a respectable player in the Premier Blends League.
I can drink this like water.
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A great whisky, not the best, but probably the best in this price range.
It's a complete whisky. Great taste..
For this price you'll not find a better blend of scotch. Although if you have twice the dolla, Ballantine's 17yr is unbeatable.
Overpriced but always satisfies. Incredibly balanced, with a full rich body and the the perfect range of the flavors we've come to associate with most scotch whiskey. A scotch tour in a bottle. There are less pricey blends that are just as good though.
It's just the best package of everything I want in a scotch whisky, and in particular with a full, creamy mouthfeel. It's not cheap, but still pretty good value.
Comparing this with the Black Bottle, another very nice blend with a similar profile, it's "fuller" and more satisfying. And it's a lot more balanced than Black Grouse (which isn't that bad too, but just doesn't come close to JW here).
The Reason I vote this the full 10 stars, it because quite simply you will not find a whiskey so easy to drink and so nice for the money, I first drank this whiskey in a nice bar in London, and then made me buy a bottle within the week!
Great great value for money, easily blended, or can be enjoyed on it's own. Pretty much the staple for JW.
I dont have the most sophisticated palate but this hits me in on the right places and I enjoy it a lot. While on a more special occasion I'd like a single malt glass of Lagavulin or Laphroaig, I still enjoy the balance in this blend very much. Great smokiness balance with light peat and sweetness. As Hitches said, "Johnnie Walker Black, breakfast of champions, accept no substitute." Spot on.
Had it in Poland for just 89 Polish zloties (ca. GBP 17,25) a 0,7l bottle!
Ignore all the snobbery around single malts versus blended whiskies. This is a great scotch and deserves a place in every scotch drinker's cabinet. A great combination of a smooth taste and complex nose. Ignore Red Label, this one is in a whole other league.
I drink lots of single malts but sometimes I go back to this or get it at the bar, no ice, no water. It is well balanced, leaning towards smokey/slightly bitter-citrus, high quality, consistently excellent and never hard to find. 85/100
I haven't found a better every day whisky than this. Hitchens hit it dead on. A splash of Perrier makes this a drink you'll look forward to at the end of the day.
Not bad. But why buy an expensive blend when for the same price, if you keep your eyes open , you can pick up some of the best single malts? I've paid less for Highland Park, mcallan Jura and caol ila for example .
ONE OF THE BETTER 12 YEAR OLD BLENDS.BEST ENJOYED WITH WATER.
AV RAMPERSAD/TRINIDAD/WEST INDIES.
I could suck this back all night.