Blended Scotch - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
What's in a name? Johnnie Walker Double Black whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Johnnie Walker Double Black whiskey, rather than whisky.
Nose: Slightly smoky and almost medicinal on the nose, it offers up hints of vanilla, a little tar, a touch of barbecue sauce, citrus and malt.
Palate: Good body and very creamy with a sublimely malty core. It offers up a surprising level of peat smoke which works really well. Creamy sweetness, hints of soft wood smoke, salty butter, custard and cereal grains.
Finish: Good length with notes of malt, boiled sweets, black pepper and cool smoke.
I've been given a bottle of this from my college buddy as a graduation gift.
I haven't tasted much, but I think this is one of the (for the lack of a better term) "manliest" drinks I've ever had.
Now, my dad and I have some of this whenever we grill some porkchops.
31st January 2014
I always have double black as a regular drink. Love the smoky flavour. However, on a rather special day, I would still go with Talisker...my favourite whisky. Nonetheless, JW Double Black has to be the best blended whiskey I've ever had (and which is quite many).
18th January 2014
If there is, I can't really tell. Perhaps I should get both bottles and taste them along side to tell the difference. But that won't happen any time soon, as I don't feel like making that much of an investment on a JW bottle that is below Green. Which is way too expensive anyway... so yeah. I guess I'll leave it up to the experts to tell me. Taste-wise to me, its pretty much interchangeable with the Black and a huge improvement over the Red.
13th January 2014
I bought a bottle on the plane while traveling overseas . I was pleasantly surprised of the taste and how smooth this double black is. Upon returning home I rushed to store and bought a few bottles. I think this the best JW has produced, I like it even better than the blue
21st December 2013
i'm a serious whiskey/whisky drinker. I've been a fan of the Black label and Gold label [blue is a bit overrated for my liking] for years but double black is my all time favorite. love the tones, the woodiness and i'm not a religious person but by god...drink this with a quality Maduro cigar and i think I've gone to heaven :)
22nd November 2013
Found that my bottle-o up the road still had around 5 od bottles of Green label. Really liked the double black so I compared the two side by side. Even made the wife try both.
Green was every so slightly smoother. The double black I preferred the taste of though - its stronger. But to my palette roughly neck and neck. They were the same.
In Australia the Green sells for around $80. The double black around $50 to $60.
All in all I think this the over all best for value. Id be very interested in lining it up with the normal black label. But after not drinking scotch in a while I remember being suprised at how good the double black was.
13th November 2013
Tried the double black label this evening. Found that there was not much of a difference in taste from the regular black label, but, what a difference in price. In addition, my favorite Johnnie Walker, green label, has been discontinued, so now I have less of a selection amongst the JW whiskies. Lately, I've been trying various blends of Glenlivet and have found a new love. Since, my favorite, green label is gone and double JW doesn't do it for me, I find myself leaning toward the marvelous taste of the Glenlivet's single malts.
9th November 2013
The marketing is annoying as it is not much like Black Label at all. Once you get that out of your head you realize that what it is is a very unique and sexy blend. Smokey in both a scotch/peated sense and in the character of bourbon, which is new for me in a whisky. The texture is oily and smooth, and the finish is malty and quite sweet, like with all JW whiskies that don't have a red label. The other fun thing about this whisky is the cinnamon/clove spice that comes after the entry.
Just a very entertaining and complex experience.
6th November 2013
Nice whiskey, not personally as good as standard black as looses some of the profile and smoothness of black due to the added smoke.
That said on its own its a decent drop, has that smokey, peaty tone but not overly harsh (it's not an ardbeg but not that price point)
Not sure worth the £10 hike over black label and for the money a few decent peaty single malts drop in like carol ila, Tobermory and some of the bowmores maybe a tailisker 10 on a price promotion day.
Nice but not sure another bottle will join the collection once this ones done.
12th July 2013
This is an excellent price point to get into a lovely Talisker-like whisky at half the price. It has the standard raisin fruit cake characteristics of normal JW Black but definitely magnified. It is richer and oilier in texture. A very good whisky.
7th June 2013
Only a shadow of the Black label, very young indeed. Worrying trend after discontinuation of the Green label.
4th June 2013
It's a little bit smokier, but the difference to regular JW black is fairly small. Which means it's still great stuff (JW Black remains my favourite of all blends), but I'm not sure if it's that much better to warrant the significant price difference.
2nd May 2013
As I started to familiarize myself with scotch, I was pleasently introduced to JW Double Black. A great whisky for those who are relatively new to the craft and enjoys a smokey flavor.
15th April 2013
I have to say, I like Double Black better than all other Johnny Walkers (I have yet to try the Gold Label). If you like smokiness/peatiness, give this one a try.
12th April 2013
I have induldged in whiskey drinking for 20 or so years perhaps dabbled is a better description. Tried JW Black label only the other month and after that first dram have become a firm fan of Johnnie Walker whiskey.
I thought I knew the basics of a good dram and thought I was familiar with some of the brands that were masters of the art ! how the ignorant learn ! when I discovered Johnnie Walker ,where have you been all my life ..with what years I have left I will celebrate them with a glass of Johnnie Walker whiskey as my companion ....
10th February 2013
I recently invested in a bottle of JW Double Black. Damn fine whiskey !!! I am purchasing a couple of cases so I will have it on hand, Great job JW,
1st January 2013
I LOVE this whisky. I am admittedly new to whisky, and the Laphroag quarter cask beat me up. This dram is the PERFECT amount of peat and smoke with none of the "rubber" taste of Laphroag. I love it....
2nd May 2012
As Austen Powers would say I only really tried this for sh**s & Giggles.
I usually favour a higher strength single malt, but thought lets try it at 40% and see hat its like.
There is little i would add to the notes already listed by MOM, they seem rather conclusive and exhaustive; really BBQ sauce?! Really?! :P
For me this whisky might actually fill quite an important if not bizarre niche; to become my regular accompanying dram whilst i play COD online!
Alas my trusted Talisker 10 may finally be retired from this honourable charge.
All, in all i have to say it really isn't a bad whisky.
As much as i should, i cannot compare it with too many blended whiskys for the simple reason i tend not to drink them, but as a stand alone drink it not bad.
My fave whisky so far this year though is the Bunnahabain 19 years (murrary McDavid bottling) thats fantastic!
16th January 2012
My recommendation is always Johnnie Walker
25th December 2011
Over the years I have been an imbiber of Scottish whisky and even JW Blue label. I have experienced Double Black only as a traveller and I can only say I think this is the best J.W. I have experienced, as value for quality I have ever tasted better. Full points to J.W. for giving the world a magical experience at an affordable price. When will this gem be available in the retail stores? I can't wait as I don't travel every week.
24th December 2011