Liquid Gold Award - 2014
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
Scotch Whisky - Blended - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Premium Blends - 2014
The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Scotch Whisky - Deluxe Blend - 2013
Blended Scotch - to 15 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
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.
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Keep it handy in your bar when the single malts run out.
28th May 2015
Question: How do the guys at Johnnie Walker manage to produce millions of litres of exactly the same quality of Black Label each year ?Answer: Of course they don't manage to do this. How could they ?Indeed, I have come to love Johnnie Walker Black Label at home (Germany) as a standard drink of very decent quality and great value. But many times when I am travelling, I come across JWBL drams which I hardly recognize. For instance only recently when I bought a 0,5l plastic bottle at the travel value shop at Frankfurt Airport. If my favorite bottle shop at home had sold me such an un-peaty uninteresting bottle, I would not have looked at the stuff again.I have a feeling that the 43% version of JWBL is the minor one. Anybody know the difference between the 40% version which I like and the 43% version which disappointed me ?
25th May 2015
This is the "go to."Laphroig, Lagavulin, Talisker, Cardhu ( certainly tasted in JWB) are great, so are the Sherry, etc.(I.e., MacCallan)(not really Scotch but great), but JWB is the price point and the quality to which all should be measured.Hitchens was "dead on" on this one.
14th May 2015
As a former single malt snob, I've now seen the light and keep a couple of excellent blends on the shelf: the BNJ for smooth, sweet fruitiness and Johnnie Black for a little bit of smoke. I first discovered it while on the hunt for a lighter peaty dram to start with before working up to the Highland Park and Talisker. Couldn't believe how good it tasted for the €22 it cost me, so I started reading up on it. Imagine my delight when I found a clip on youtube of the late, great Christopher Hitchens describing it as "the best blended whisky in the history of the world" and so I'd have to agree - after all, who would dare argue with Hitch?
6th May 2015
Gold label 18 seems to have disappeared also. Double Black tastes weird, probably grain in the mix since it has no age. Blue is noticeably better than Black - for 4x the price ! Black 12yr is still reliable, always satisfying with a dollop of water in a proper glass.
27th April 2015
From a neat pour, exactly what I would expect from a blend; soft and silky smooth, and not too complex. There's a prominent peppery dryness that plays well with some of the sweeter notes, but the smoke is quickly lost amongst the spice. I found a bitter, grassiness that developed in the aftertaste let the experience fall flat.To each their own, as this has some good qualities. However, if given a choice in a blended whisky at this price point, I'd prefer a Dewar's White Label to this.
25th March 2015
After the sad demise of the much loved Green Label, this is now their best blend. IMO it is better than all other JWs up to and including Blue Label. A very consistent and beautifully balanced blend. It's hard to believe that it contains 40 malts but Mortlach and Cardhu are prominent contributors with Talisker and Cardhu providing a little smoke. A word of warning - be careful when adding water (ice) as it quickly breaks-up. The 12 years maturation makes all the difference - Lovely stuff
12th March 2015
The go-to Scotch. Complex, caramel, smoky. Johnnie Black never disappoints, and great value to boot. Drink it neat!In the words of Christopher Hitchens: "Mr Walker's Amber Restorative. Breakfast of champions."
10th March 2015
I love this drink, as complex and good as anything under £50 (tho I do have a soft spot for lavagulin and laphroaig) this is my go to, with the smokier varieties a special treat. Smooth, creamy, with a lovely hint of toffee, this should be in everyone's bar. And it's great for guests who won't appreciate your more expensive malts!
4th February 2015
I nearly always have one of these in the cabinet. There's something very comforting about JW Black. It's not overly complex but has a beautiful balance of sweetness and smoke. It's like an old friend you can always rely on.
9th January 2015
As the title says. This is the house scotv
8th January 2015
..a bottle of this stuff in my cabinet. This is one of the best bottles of whisky money can buy. Come back to it when you tired of trying other single malts and compare it and decide which way you want to go next...
5th January 2015
I was never a great fan of the blended though this is a master class. Smooth to drink and I have to say one of my now favourite tipples. Great body, good smoke, though not too much. All in all a Silky fruity number with a hint of spice. Superbly balanced with no bite - an truly amazing whisky and this is from a stalwart single drinker. If you have not tried then I wholeheartedly recommend.
29th December 2014
The smoke hit quick and overpowered everything else for the duration. I guess some people like smoke, I don't.
19th December 2014
I've started at the premium end of the JW range (Ryder Cup special, Blue, and Spice Road) but realised I hadn't tasted their entry level blends. And I'm so glad I now have - spicy, smoky, full of taste - a real treat for this incredibly low price and should be a staple in any decent whisky collection. Next I will try the Red.
13th December 2014
JW black is the first blended scotch I've ever tasted. The immediate smell and taste of the smoke was incredibly tasty and the hint of toffee was delicious. I liked this way more than the glenlivet 12. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a mainstay in their home bar.
7th December 2014
Tasted fake smoky to me. Sharp bite. Just ok.
27th November 2014
Very good taste. A litte bit smoky, sweet. Enjoing every day after hard work.
20th November 2014
I have tried many kinds of blended and single malt, this is good for the price. I always have it in my collection. Must have
15th November 2014
I rank this good for a blend and for a 12 year old. in fact the best in the category.
11th November 2014
Complex, the smokiness and the sweetness blend in very well. and the slight woodiness enhances the flavour as well.. by far the most complex blend i've had. if one is looking for a refreshing blend and easy to drink one. JW black is not one for you
9th November 2014
it has more complexity compared to other blends.. the smokiness and the sweetness really blend in well
Easy to drink, smooth and great taste. Bang for the buck. Don't believe the single-malt snobs, posers I'd you ask me.
23rd October 2014
The first taste I had of Johnnie Walker Black Label was 1963 when I was 7 yrs old. (My father had a policy that I could "have a taste" of what he was drinking at a party.) I will never forget it. I took a tiny sip, thinking it would be terrible, but found that it tasted VERY good. I then took a large mouthful and savored it all the way down. My father vocally lamented the point when I told him in the presence of his neighborhood friends, "Dad. That is some great stuff!" I have always had a bottle available since I was old enough to buy it, for when I would like a wee nip of some excellent blended scots whisky. It was my first, and is still my best.
13th October 2014
I am enjoying JW Black. It is smooth no harsh burn just a nice warm feeling, perfect for chilly Canadian nights.Has a smokey smell but not to overwhelming.I would recommend to anyone but especially to someone new to drinking scotch.Time for another, cheers.
3rd October 2014
This summer I visited San Blas on my vacation to Panama and bought a bottle of Black Label Whisky on the airport. The bottle stayed in my suitcase until I reached San Blas since I just knew this was the perfect place to drink a delicious blended whisky. Imagine a full moon, illuminating squid in the Caribbean Sea water and stars everywhere. Let's not forget about the perfect temperature and at that moment the Black Label was openend. PERFECT! If you don't know what I'm talking about take a look at these pictures http://sanblas-islands.com/pictures/ and imagine yourself with a bottle of Black Label on the beach at night :) Cheers
13th September 2014
I have had Johnnie Walker Black and Blue Label 12 year, and I must say these two have flavor but are overrated especially for their prices of a blended scotch. I think people consider this good just because other people say it is,they are not experienced in drinking different scotches and because of its high price and strong taste for a newbie. There are many other scotches to choose from with smooth and rich flavors that are inexpensive both blended and single malts. Too much hype for what it really is, even the bottle is nothing to rave about. To me, only the pretentious believe in the Johnnie Walker set of Labels' power. These are what snobs are; the pretentious.
16th August 2014
Black Label is available in almost every bar, so that's what I usually drink when clubbing, but I way prefer Haig & Haig Pinch for about the same price. Pinch is 15 years old, and a better balance of fruit and smoke. The extra 3yrs of aging makes a difference. If you really search, you can find Famous Grouse, an excellent 8yr old that is almost as good as Black Label. Or try some Oban 10yr old or any McCallan for a treat.
6th July 2014
Its been my fav sincd I could afford it. Best ever
31st May 2014
27th May 2014
Always have a bottle of this one at home. My "weekdays" drink. Buy one, than you won't walk alone.
10th May 2014
smoky, sweet and slightly peaty. it definitely has slight complexity of a single malt.
nihonjins and Thais love this tipple. ain't bad as a mellow cup, or perhaps mixed with coke while in a meeting. versatile. proletarian.
3rd May 2014
It's the highlight of my day and I have a full life. Just 11 hours to go! Delicious!
15th April 2014
Though not a peat freak, I find Black Label to be an eminently drinkable blend. Quite creamy, smooth and fruity, but with just the right smoky edge. Quite a classy nose, and very easy to drink, even by a fairly new convert to whisky, still finding his way, like me.
22nd March 2014
This is just so well balanced and consistant that I can't help always keeping it in stock. I would love Diageo to offer a 46% version - it would be the bees knees. I strongly advise very little water and deffinitely no ice. Other higher priced Johnnie Walkers might have more finnesse but this one provides the best value.
17th March 2014
This is smooth, more refined than say Jamesons, It has a sharp citrus beginning with a mellow peaty finish. I really enjoy this, until I can afford Blue that is lol.
5th March 2014
I've been bouncing around trying many different Whisky's predominantly of the Scotch variety.Recently I decided I'd give this one a try, and while I didn't really know what to expect going in I'd have to say I'm neither disappointed nor excited by it. I found that it finished on the tongue a little too quick for my liking, but in that regard I like that it makes it easier to sink. While I found it has mild characteristics of almost every Scotch I've tried, I can't say anything jumped out at me to give this much character of its own. Thus I say it's a good starter for people curious about Scotch.I can't say I'll be going after this one again, but that's simply because I have other Whiskies that are more to my taste in this price point. I am glad that I got a chance to try this, and may keep a bottle in my cabinet to give other curious parties a taste of a nice entry level Scotch.
3rd March 2014
Having decided I didn't like scotch a few years ago, I recently decided to give this a try for no other reason as Hitchens planted curiosity.Tried it with a splash of Perrier and have to say it's not all that bad. None of the overpowering burn I used to get and quite a nice toasted, sweet flavour. Fruity after taste.I decided against any ice, so it remained really aromatic. I shall buy a big bottle of this, as I just tried a miniature to start with.Hitch will be happy to know he was, yet again, quite right. Although I'm sure he knew that already.
2nd March 2014
The old stand by. Even if you don't like blends it still satisfies. Always bet on black! Yeah!
22nd February 2014
I MST say this is lovely I don't like peat until Now this is amazing and when it is on offer well worth it at full prices hmmmmmmmmm
19th February 2014
great blend, great price. only thing better is the JW GOLD or blue.
14th February 2014
I have just recently gotten out of my teenage years and my college buddy gave me a bottle of this and double black as a birthday gift and graduation gift, respectively. Although I did have my share of (cheap) scotch back in high school and college, I never really went out of my way to buy a bottle with my own money. So this was my first time to actually take my time and enjoy Black.(For me, at least) It was amazing, no burn at all, went down my throat like cream, and nothing about it was overpowering. This, along with Chivas 12, became the gateway for my interest in scotch.-M.G. (MNL, Philippines)
31st January 2014
But too expensive
22nd January 2014
A huge improvement over the Red Label. It's an ok whisky I guess. But I never seem to remember anything special (good or bad) about it after I've drank it though. So there's that.
13th January 2014
A nice blend with an interesting nose. Smokey and peaty and sweat at the same time. Tastes Smokey fruity with a hint of creamy toffee. All in all an enjoyable blend.
12th December 2013
Sweet and smoky. Complex and easy. highly recommended blend.
10th December 2013
"I've 5 of black labels bottles since over 25 years ago ... I wonder how it taste like or how much it cost now"It'll taste exactly the same as the day it was bottled! Whisky gets its flavour from the barrel.
29th November 2013
A sweet blend. After drinking only single malts for several years, off-and-on. I decided after reading reviews from various sites including this one, to get a bottle of JW Black at the local Sams Club last night. Only $31.00 with a coaster set gift box. A decent 2013 price. Now I also have some nice coasters. I have to say I like JW Black, but to my palate, it is very sweet. To me, it's the Crown Royal of scotch. But it's good and enjoyable and easy. If you like Crown, I think you'll like this. I will keep a bottle in the supply chain from now on. I love the color, and as described by other reviewers above, it has lots of flavor, although it's a bit sweet for my preference, but it is good, and can be used as a decent and tasty example when sampling various scotches, especially for beginners. It's forgiving and friendly and smooth. If you are a beginning scotch enthusiast, it wouldn't hurt to start with this and move into single malts. If you are a scotch veteran, it would never hurt to have this in the collection just for the heck of it.
8th November 2013
I've 5 of black labels bottles since over 25 years ago ... I wonder how it taste like or how much it cost now
18th October 2013
When I was very young I never liked any whiskey,now though I'm forty five,still a novice I've tried other whiskeys but only AFTER trying JW,like others maybe I was curious to try it after the late great Christopher Hitchens had said it was his own particular favourite,I love it,the smokiness the richness the peat,I'll try others but right now this is for me,and I know nothing of the blenders art,but thanks to you and of course The Hitch.
9th October 2013
The jump from the red to the black and the price point is the best bang for the buck. Beyond the black is a classic case of diminishing returns. The green, blue, gold and platinum are all amazing, but oye! The cost! The black is right in the pocket.
5th October 2013
bang for buck best blend on the market. never leave home without it
28th September 2013
Just superb in every way... for the price I feel it's unbeatable. Perfect on the rocks and never disappoints.
13th September 2013
Churchills dram of choice apparently...Great everyday drink, not to complex, good flavour profile good on its own or with a cube of ice, good one to start an evening, before moving on to something more complicated.Stable for the cupboard and good one to start friend on the whiskey road.Good value, single malts at this price point tend to be disappointing good alternative so some of the supermarket bargains.
12th July 2013
A nice smooth start but far too much peaty taste for me. An acquired taste!
very sad to say no not for me might try the green next not bad but noting to remember
21st June 2013
Visited the Scotch Whisky Experience and picked up a couple of miniatures to try, among them was a JW Black 12 in a cheap nasty plastic bottle... put off trying it for a couple of months then thought "what the hell"... next thing I know, I'm finding out where to buy a proper sized bottle. Excellent balanced whisky for anyone but especially for beginners like myself
11th June 2013
I could suck this back all night.
20th April 2013
ONE OF THE BETTER 12 YEAR OLD BLENDS.BEST ENJOYED WITH WATER.AV RAMPERSAD/TRINIDAD/WEST INDIES.
15th April 2013
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 .
14th April 2013
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.
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
12th March 2013
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.
7th March 2013
Had it in Poland for just 89 Polish zloties (ca. GBP 17,25) a 0,7l bottle!
1st March 2013
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.
4th February 2013
Great great value for money, easily blended, or can be enjoyed on it's own. Pretty much the staple for JW.
21st January 2013
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!
25th November 2012
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).
21st November 2012
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.
14th August 2012
For this price you'll not find a better blend of scotch. Although if you have twice the dolla, Ballantine's 17yr is unbeatable.
31st January 2012
It's a complete whisky. Great taste..
25th December 2011
A great whisky, not the best, but probably the best in this price range.
21st December 2011
kir tush khord pahlush
8th November 2011
I can drink this like water.
25th October 2011
26th May 2010
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.
7th March 2010