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Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old

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Johnnie Walker Black Bottling Note

A much-loved and respected 12 year old blended Scotch, Johnnie Walker Black Label is one of the world's most famous blends. Born in 1909, Black Label is a blend of around 40 whiskies(!), with a distinctive mellow smoky note. It’s even one of Jim Murray’s favourites, and his opinion as we know is worth its weight in (liquid) gold, with the whisky winning Best Blended Scotch (5-12 Years) in the Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2019.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Winter spice and treacle, hints of white pepper and a little citrus.

Palate: Rich and full with notes of wood smoke and dry spice, hints of barley and cereal with creamy toffee and a distinct herbal note.

Finish: Quite fruity and long with a note of sultanas and mixed peels.

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Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old Reviews

not what used to be

Bought it from Bulgaria, Kaufland. Terrible.

31st August 2020


I think this is one of the best variants of JW. The price is very according to the taste. Enjoying it neatly tastes very good, what's more with the addition of ice cubes, it tastes much more!
You can also enjoy it with the added ginger ale.

12th August 2020

Enough to entertain, not quite enough to dazzle

There are a few easy drinkers that I turn to for familiarity, and this is one of them. I don't know all the tasting jargon, but I know what I like. This is nice and smoky, with a sweet peppery tail end, and is fine neat with a salty aged meat or mellowing out over a wedge of brie.

24th July 2020

Truth to be told...

I have Abi 66, a good JDSB, Livet 15, woodford, martel vsop, livet 12, devils cut, chivas 12 (barely drinkable) and now JWB12. I was scared to buy it, because last few bottles in the last couple years were utter garbage. I had to struggle to get threw them. I never mix. So this is a problem. Need sipper. I will not say it is the best of my current 9 bottles, but I will say it is my current favourite! L8206cc002, 00056234. I know...It is fake. With all this fake sugars, but this bottle has a rally nice mix of malts. I just bought it because I was curious. Yup. Hard to believe. But it is a sipper. At least this my batch.

19th July 2020

Underestimated in 2020 with the decline in the quality of prostituted single malts

A blend highly underestimated for its popularity and its price. 30 years ago single malts were the holy grail, today after big companies like Diageo, etc, ... have prostituted an endless number of distilleries and there are few resisting, this 12-year-old blend continues to trap me, perhaps it is that Johnnie walker black tag hasn't changed and the others went down a lot. Anyway, whiskey is very good 92 pts out of 100. Price / quality is a great purchase always.

14th July 2020

One of the 'best' blends out there

Well, it comes down to preferences for this one. For me, the flavour profile is just perfect for a dram here in cold Iceland.

The palate is smooth, creamy with deep notes.. smoke, little bit of cafe but also vanilla. I love it.

There are 35 different whiskies in this one, according to what I read. The malt is most likely higher than grain %. Well, if you're looking for a great blend without flat palate or alcohol burn, this is it. It only comes down to preferences, at least it's a tea in my cup.

Stay safe, stay strong. <3

2nd July 2020

Great as long as you don’t expect too much

For a “cheap” blend this is great tasting. I think the problem is people expect too much from a budget drink such as this. First impression is that it’s really tasty, nothing like it’s little brother Red Label, which I can only assume has dog turds in the recipe somewhere. This actually reminds me of Jura Origin.

1st July 2020

Brilliant for a beginner

Underrated drink and doesn’t deserve any of the bad rep. As a beginner, it was my favourite drink. As I’ve tasted more whiskeys, it’s not as nice to me anymore, as it’s very thin and watery. That said, I still enjoy a nice dram of this.

22nd June 2020


Good taste

9th June 2020

Criminally underrated

Bought an airplane bottle of it to try because my journey is a young one. Took me three minutes to get the god forsaken cap off since I fractured my wrist in a violent altercation with a 6 foot 9 fellow on PCP. I jest not.

Anyhoo once I got past the stiff cap gatekeeper it pours a beautiful dark copper. Looks great next to the bacon and eggs I’m making at 7 in the morning. It’s going to be a beautiful day!

Earthy notes in the nose. Brings to mind time spent in the woods, which is my favorite. Smoke and tobacco come to mind also.

Lighter in the mouth than I expected. Spiciness hits up front, then the smoky oakiness comes rumbling up the middle like early 2000’s Jerome Bettis. An underlying sweetness of honeysuckle permeates the flavor, and that nice earthy finish brings it in.

Johnny Walker gets a bad rap because it’s popular. And the Red isn’t the best. But Black is good. Flat out. It’s a good sip for the price. Shave your hipster beard because contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t make you more manly, and pick up a bottle!

31st May 2020



9th May 2020


The best budget blended scotch I got so far.

2nd May 2020


good whiskey but not very good & a good price

1st May 2020

don't waste your money

tastes like band-aids

16th April 2020

Simply The Best

Drinking Black Label for 50 years as it was my Father’s favorite blended Scotch Whiskey. We both like it better than any single malt and I believe we have tried every single malt - many no longer made. Simply the best.

13th April 2020

Divine water

Divine water , this introduced me to world of alcohal ,whiskey,scotch and i am proud of this divine water, it is best when drink on the rocks , the blends make it diff taste every passing time and leaves with smokiness

if you have to define scotch its JW black label

5th April 2020

My go to whisky

4 stars for JW Black, no doubt. But I don't see why alot of people don't get the vanilla note?

Anyways, the only flaw about JW Black is that it lacks body.. it's a bit thin. But the flavour profile is well balanced, or at least for my cup.

25th March 2020

Diageo, you're going to hell!

This gets even worse every time.
Damn Diageo to hell!!

15th March 2020

Easy drink, not much depth.

As summarised it's an easy whisky to while away the time.

22nd February 2020

Da Best

Best blended Whisky period. Now stop whining casual whisky drinkers.

22nd February 2020

A whisky for the ages.

I will only quote the worlds pre-eminent whisky expert Jim Murray from his 2020 review. And I agree. "If there is a silkier delivery on the market today, I have not seen it: this is sublime stuff with the grains singing the sweetest hymns as they go down, taking with them a near perfection of weighty smoke lightened by brilliantly balanced barley which leans toward both soft apple and creme brulee; those reassuringly rigid grains re-emerge and with them the most juicy Speyside malts imaginable; the lovely sheen to the finish underlines the good age of the whiskies used; here it is: one of the world's most masterful whiskies back in all it's complex glory." Now if you know more about whisky than Jim, I suggest you profit off it by producing your own annual whisky bible.

6th February 2020

Seriously overpriced for what it offers

Very little going on in terms of arrival, it's the very definition of "smooth" - lacking all character and distinctive flavor. The 12 years of aging make sure the grain alcohol in the blend is subdued to the point where it's not offensive. There is a bit of a peppery tang and some pleasant smoke in the finish but there's very little flavor outside of that. A drop of water doesn't do much apart from intensifying a little what you've already tasted.

For something that costs so much and still shifts such crazy volumes, it's a prime example of a product that sells on momentum, perceived status and overly expensive branding. If it didn't cost as much as it does, it would be at least 3 stars, but for the very poor flavor to pricing ratio, I can't really do more than 2.

22nd January 2020

Much better than older versions (2017 bottle)

I used to dislike Johnnie Black as I thought it was harsh, cheap and oily tasting. I must say that the bottle I got for my 40th birthday (personalized engraved bottle from 2017) was much better than previous experiences I’ve had with Johnnie Black. I will acknowledge that this might be because it appears that as mass production continues and continues as nauseum, what they’ve added in terms of sweetness and smoothness, they’ve probably removed in “character” of the older batches of Johnnie Black. Either way though, I like the newer batches as it is a welcome change from the more complicated bottles of Johnnie Black that I’m used to.

Water/Air: A few small drops...not too much, literally 7-8 drops. Aired it out for 12 minutes, one for each year of aging.

Nose: Raisin, honey, toffee, caramel, a bit of wood and smoke, tiny bit of mint/menthol

Palate: Thick syrupy caramel, burnt sugar, tiny smokiness and wood, very a melting thick creamy feeling

Finish: Much less bite and spice than earlier Johnnie Black, a bit salty, continued toffee and caramel

I think it’s much better tasting than what I’ve experienced in the past, but for those that are nostalgic and enjoy the really complicated older scotches are going to be disappointed.

5th January 2020

Every bottle a little different

Some bottles are great, some are too briny, some are not smokey enough. Each time is a little different but when it's good, it tends to be really good and a terrific value if you can get it for around $30 or less.

20th December 2019

Very average whisky

Very ordinary whisky to get drunk quickly, not the one to enjoy sip by sip sitting relaxed at sofa. Any even NAS single malt I’ve tried has much more taste and character. Sorry, JW fans...

13th December 2019


Pre-80s bottle were a different animal all together. Now I rather spent a wee bit more for Monkey S.

3rd December 2019

Not what it used to be

Not smoky anymore and the grain whisky bitternes makes it almost undrinkable neat

24th November 2019

Benchmark blend destroyed

It's gone downhill. Used to be more-ish and finely balanced. One drop of water would unbalance it.
It was tantalising. One more sip and maybe it would reveal itself.
Now the only mystery is, how did they go wrong?
Not even a good mixer because the fragility is still there, while the quality is gone.

24th October 2019

Recent batches are not very good

Not so good. recent bottles are not very good bland and too sweet lack the flavors of previous versions.

9th September 2019

Reconditioned casks ruin it

Still unwanted charcoal flavor in the background. Less sweet vanilla woody notes than before around 2016-17. Heres why, they even admit to reconditioning tired casks up to three times! It shows. Roast a barrel three times and you get an inferior product. Please compare to older bottles and you will see how the quality goes downhill so fast.

26th August 2019

A legendary blend.

On the nose it is peaty, peppery and citrusy. On the palate rich with oaky, peaty, citrusy and spicy nuances. Finish is long with peaty, fruity and caramel notes. It is one of the best 12 year old blended whiskies in the world and my personal favorite. However it does not smell and taste as it used be around 10 to 15 years ago. I think they use less Talisker in the composition now as the whisky is much less peaty. In addition the manufacturers seemed to have used older whiskies in the blend earlier as Black Label always felt like as if it were more matured than 12 years. But now the company have Green Label which is 15 years old vatted malt without any grain whisky in the blend. I think it is the reason more matured malts now go to the Green Label. However good whisky Black Label can be it is still distiguishable that it is not exactly what it used to be. Still I personally love it and think it deserves its reputation.

12th August 2019

Damn those yanks

Re: “Whence The New Peat”, I have just bought a new-batch bottle of JWBL and maaaan, the peat is through the roof compared to previous renditions. I consider this a heavily Americanised blend, designed specifically to compete with the abomination which is American IPA. A few years ago, this whisky was...affordable but very well-balanced, sophisticated even. Now, it tastes more like bourbon than whisky. This does not happen by accident. I suspect that some heavily-charred oak is responsible and some millennial trans-atlantic focus group has wreaked havoc with a Scottish institution. First Grouse, now this. It is an absolute disgrace!

15th July 2019

So good

Beautiful smooth scotch. I picked up in my local shop this is the first time I've tried it an I love it.

9th July 2019

Surprisingly good.

I picked up a bottle on a road trip. I was looking for something else but the selection was limited. I didn't care much for the last bottle I bought over a year ago, but here I am. I will say this bottle is not bad at all. The flavor is more complex than I recall and the finish was pleasing. Maybe I lucked out. I may try another.

24th May 2019

Good blended whisky

hmmm this is so good blended whisky it's spicy and smoky i love it :)

21st May 2019


I don't understand why this is so popular. For price I think it isn't well balanced, and neither does it have much character. Better blends for less money. Spend a bit more and get green label or if you like a bit of smoke and peat go for double black.

17th May 2019


I had a mini bottle of it that I picked up at a party and to be honest, it stinks. I feel like if you want to drink to get sloppy drunk or angry then yes go for it. but if you're looking for something to sip on while you work on that project, grab a beer or something else instead.
I guess for me, i'm not a whisky guy although I am trying to get into it, I just can't with this stuff. i don't care if it gives you the same type of buzz. I want to enjoy my beverage.

16th May 2019

One of my favorites.

Really, I’ve read two reviews on this Scotch and both were different so here’s my honest evaluation from a novice Scotch drinker. The taste reminds me of the smell of an old box of bandaids from my childhood. Ah memories. The second glass is so tasty it’s hard to stop. It’s just pure mellow peaty.

29th March 2019

Add water

I added a few drops of Fuji water and everything improved

1st March 2019

There's something "right" about it...

Smooth, medium peaty, drinkable, satisfying, reliable blend. Understated, not showy. Good for every day. Perhaps a little sedate in a world of new super peated young malts and the like, but not worse for it. I give it five because there's something "right" about it and I keep coming back to it.

25th February 2019

A good yet slightly forgettable whisky

Very overrated product, but it is still good and reliable quality. I would easily prefer a single malt scotch over this again. But for this price, when bought on offer, Black label is very drinkable and a good solid whisky. Just don't expect to be surprised or particularly enjoy it, enormously. It is simply a good quality, reliable whisky.

11th February 2019


I am consuming this whisky since 10 years but I am feeling very disappointed with the current batch of black label. It's missing the wonderful romance of Talisker and Caol Ila which I enjoyed a lot. It's more grainy and less peaty. Smoke character is reduced and I think content of Speyside malt n grain is increased significantly. Some problems for sure with 2017-18 batch.

6th February 2019


I can't help noticing the plethora of content-free rave reviews from people who know nothing about whisky. This is extremely suspicious

1st February 2019

Buy something else.

I have bought many bottles of Black Label in my time as you knew what you were getting; quite complex, consistent and worth paying a little extra for. I have just opened a bottle after a hiatus of a couple of years and there is a bitter graininess which is tainting the experience. The blenders have been very clever; there are all the distinctive notes I expect from this whisky, the mouthfeel is excellent, the colour and legs are the same. But the heart has been ripped out of it. This is a sophisticated con job, which is exactly what we have come to expect of The Scottish Whisky Industry these days. A few psychotic CEOs have taken the world's most respected product and turned it into a travesty of itself. I bet they were hoping that no-one would notice. Well we all did. You disgust me.

31st January 2019

A great disappointment

In the past I came close to worshiping JWB. Recently, because my bottle was nearly empty, I purchased another (at a State store in Idaho, USA). Last night (Christmas), in the grips of the celebratory spirit, I tasted from the new bottle. I must say that I was greatly disappointed. "Kerosene" comes to mind. What on earth has happened? Some reviewers say that batches are inconsistent. Whether this is true or not, I will be very reluctant to buy another bottle in the future. This is a great tragedy. Might the distillery respond with a reassuring report?

27th December 2018

nothing special

Many people recommend it, but I don't really see anything special in it. Just not very bad.

18th December 2018

Excellent for daily consumption

I had the opportunity to visit the Kilmarnock factory, now closed, and feel the smell in the blending shed. It was unbelievable.

1st December 2018

Honestly? Johnnie Walker Black is a good whisky.

Yeah, I know it's become fashionable to rag on this product, as happens with ALL popular products, and yes, the quality is sadly not as consistent nor quite as good as it used to be. But if you're not unlucky with the batch, JW Black is a tasty, drinkable and dare I say highly enjoyable dram. It easily beats the Chivas Regal 12 year old, and anyone who compares it to the Red Label is an absolute idiot. I think most drinkers would actually prefer this over many single malts as well, and not just due to its "drinkability." It actually tastes nice. Sure, you can get better whiskies, but in this price range there's not much that beats it. And it's available anywhere. Definitely a classic in my book.

29th November 2018

A great daily daily drinker

I'm a big fan of Johnnie Walker Black Label. I often have quite a few bottles of some mid-to-high end single malts on hand depending on my mood and what my mouth is craving, but good old Black Label gets poured in my house more than any other. It's always the right blend of smoke, light peat, good aroma, and a wonderful finish that seems to empty my bottles quicker than I mean to. You just can't go wrong with this classic. It never disappoints.

22nd November 2018

Great!! Dessert dram

Beautifull blend expression stands up to higher priced whiskies don't listen to the snobs.

21st November 2018

Benchmark Blend without the usual harshness

Medicinal on the nose with some orange and raisins. Viscous and a little watery in the mouth with a hint of Grain. A mild alcohol burn kicks in and intensifies a little in the back of the mouth. Ends with a little bitterness which masks some of the dark fruit and spices at the finish. Clearly a benchmark blend, a notch above the supermarket shelf bottlings and their usual harshness, due no doubt to the decent amounts of quality Single Malt they put in. Subtle Grains are ever-present giving it a richness but blended mouthfeel.

27th October 2018

Reliable Choice

Got used to single malts bottled at higher proof, but this is reliable to drink at your average bar or restaurant when anything better will cost too much or is just not available. A little sweet, some Islay peat, smooth finish, but the 80 proof is a little soft and light for my grown up tastes hahaha Fair value. I haven't noticed the inconsistency others have mentioned but maybe I don't drink this one often enough.

17th October 2018

Ok taste, great for value

The best scotch bang for buck, and second best whiskey bang for buck out there, eclipsed only by Woodford Reserve (bourbon). Cheap and readily available enough you don't feel guilty going through a bottle quickly.

11th October 2018

Love it! Great value

I am a whiskey and bourbon fan, Tried JW black for the first time and really like it. Unbeatable for the price. A beautiful drink. Thanks.

8th October 2018

Funny car-fueled ecstasy ( and not much more, but who needs it?)

The initial burst of high octane funny car fuel is moderated by a hint of nutmeg and flame-blackened white oak barrels. Accented by remnant of Eagle Scout campfire, the finish is pure '50s-style ethyl.

In a word--invigorating!

Or as Stan Lee of Marvel Comics fame might say,
"Excelsior! Refuel me again!"

Stan's assistant to his *own assistant:
"Write all this down, Smedley. Stan's newest Marvel Superhero is going to drink this s*** for breakfast."

6th October 2018

The Whisky Standard

Just recently revisited a Bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label bought in 2018. My previous experiences with this blend have been favorable, due to the smoothness and mild peat character of the blend. Upon nosing this blend large citrus notes, with vanilla and a slight iodine note become apparent. On the palate there is no heavy oak of the cheaper red label (as expected for an upscale blend), but a fine balance of fruits, nuttiness and a mild charcoal peat smoke. The finish continues with peat smoke, heather, honey and citrus touches from the body. Not peated as I remember but still impressive. Johnnie Walker is a perfect sipping whisky that even single malt aficionados respect. I recommend this to everyone as a measuring bar for drinkability for both blends and single malts. I give this an 87/100. Great accessible way to enjoy Islay flavors for those unfamiliar with peated whiskys or Scotch in general.

29th September 2018

A Timeless Classic for Scotch Lovers

I have had, and still have several, of the most popular and expensive single malt whiskys available. My choice for a delicious, smooth and accessible evening dram is Johnnie Walker Black. It’s a classic for a reason! The only people that would refer to it as a bad drink are “Scotch Snobs” that use an expensive single malt as a social status.

26th July 2018

whence the new peat??

Awfully nice (complex, smooth) but way smokier / peatier than in the past, same as Dewar's, wonder what marketing person thought this accent was important ... for younger drinkers? To associate w/ single-malts? Weird and a little excessive, to my mind, and experience of drinking JWB for over 50y.

Ignore all comments that call it mass junk, etc. Ignorant.

10th July 2018

Better than the red

But that's not saying much. It's mass produced inconsistent and chances are if you don't like Johnnie red your not going to like black either.

25th June 2018

Nothing better on any ocassion. It fits the bill time and time again. THE BEST!


21st May 2018

Good but inconsistent

Affordable blended scotch but there are inconsistencies between batches. 9 months ago I took a liking to JWB 12 yo due to its smoothness, relative smokiness and sweetness. Fast forward 3 months ago I bought a 1 litre bottle and the taste was indifferent-blandness and decreased smokiness. I wasn’t sure what to make of it-was it me or the 1 litre bottle. Unconvinced, I bought the 70cl bottle from a different shop and felt the same. I am very sure it was batch inconsistencies which is unfortunate. My guess is more grain whiskies were used to substitute malt whiskies. I could be wrong-after all, who am I to challenge the master blenders.

24th March 2018

My preferred blended Scotch.

I've drank a lot of single malts from 8 to 40 yrs old. JWB is better than some of the cheaper malts that are less than 18 yrs old. It's definately a top blended scotch but a little expensive. Needs to be taken neat and sipped.

13th March 2018

The best affordable Johnnie Walker

Not as good as Green or Gold label, but much better than Red. (If you like smoky taste)

14th February 2018

Very dissapointing

New bottle, new day. The problems with inferior quality are still there. Nose is good. Arrival is ok. Charcoal flavor from reconditioned casks dominates the short finish which used to be much longer and richer. Diageo has gone too far by boosting production to make profit. This once iconic whisky is dead in my book which is a tragedy. Ill never buy it again.

9th February 2018

Reconditioned cask

This is let down by the signature charcoal flavor of reconditioned casks. Probably from the grain whiskies. They should stop over inflating the marketing and concentrate on keeping a consistent quality. Otherwise the more serious whisky fans will just stick to single malts.

9th February 2018

Okay for the price, sippable, not that smooth.

I get a lot of smoke in the nose and in the taste. But it isn’t pleasant medicinal type smoke, it’s more bonfire smoke. I believe this is the Caol Ila coming through quite strong. There’s an aftertaste resembling if I’d chewed on a piece of bark. I’m afraid this is ok for the cost but there are better age statement whiskies out there if you save $5-10 more and pay the cost for a higher quality whisky/whiskey.

18th January 2018

Johnny Walker Black - Brilliant! (How was I so wrong?)

I have never been a big Johnny Walker Black fan. I always thought there were just better Scotch Whiskies for the money. My son bought me a bottle for Christmas and I poured myself a dram and I almost fell off my chair. It was nothing short of brilliant. I drink Teachers for my daily Scotch, but love my single malts. I have tried many Scotchs in the $50-$75 range with Macallan being my favorite. I absolutely fell in love with the Johnny Walker Black! It was smooth with a big taste, maybe huge with a wonderful finish. Everyone can laugh at me, but I just fell in love with JW Black! Man is this stuff good!

7th January 2018

I don’t get it

I don’t know how this bottle continues to get publicity and fame because it is the most overrated whiskey in the world. The only reason I have a bottle of it is because I know other people are dumb enough to like it.

Johnnie Gold on the other hand, now you’re talking about good whiskey...

6th January 2018


The best go to scotch on the market. Smooth and inviting like an old friend.

4th January 2018

Class in a glass

Great blend ,smooth from start to finish one of Scotland's finest looks good tastes good and does you good

13th December 2017


I was given a bottle of this whisky as a birthday present recently, and I was pleasantly surprised at the wonderful taste of it
Was always a malt whiskey fan before, but I love this stuff with a few drops of water

21st November 2017


I think that's the best here.

13th November 2017

A go-to whisky

Didn’t like the 1st time (30 years ago) but now it is my daily tipple. Great value for money. Top marks for taste and peatiness. Although not as complex as malt whiskys but it has more than enough going on to justify its price. A go-to whisky after a day’s work.

3rd November 2017

This I believe is a good scotch bordering with many single malts.

This whiskey is a complicated taste that is best drunk neat. I like ice covering it as the brings out the origin of whiskey to the mind; warmth to the core often drunk in the cold. Not a sweet drink but definately not a dry boot. Some leather and pepper with a hint of char.

21st October 2017

The blue has always my first choice, try the black and love it

excellent. Love the double black

8th October 2017

One of life's simple pleasures

I consider myself more of a bourbon man. Although this is a mighty fine drop
First smell of the nose, very appealing. Taste is very smooth and pleasant.

22nd September 2017

smell and taste rubbish

I thought it didn't smell good like whiskeys should. This bottle is so bad i'll either give it away to a fan or pour down the sink.

18th September 2017


Very Good taste price value

6th August 2017

Gets better and better

Just a stunning whisky. It may be a bit of a cliche and a bar room staple everywhere, but it's an absolute classic for a reason. I must have had 30 bottles of this over the last few years - and each one is subtly different but wonderfully familiar too. Smooth, fruity, sweet and woody, sometimes more smoke than others, it slips down beautifully and is one of life's rare guarantees that will never let you down.

1st August 2017


The last bottle I got is terrible.
Cheap grain and coloring.
Compared to Teachers ( 1/3 of the price) very inferior.
Was very good - not anymore.

28th July 2017

The Finest Blended Scotch Money Can Buy

Every discerning adult must needs develop a lifelong friendship with at least one mass-produced spirit of reasonable price. Such a friendship will provide relief and solace in any overseas bar or questionable tavern, and allow one to glide through duty-free shops, friend in hand, without dithering. Johnnie Walker Black Label is among the most charming candidates. Available absolutely everywhere following Diageo's incessant pushing of the brand, eminently affordable, and most importantly, entirely delicious. Savour this whisky on the front palate for luxurious caramelised date character, milk chocolate, and orange peel. Sip it with all the daintiness you can muster, as this is a masculine whisky, and it will singe your back palate if you gulp it too greedily. Malts can be wonderful, and transcendent, but as a loyal companion - through fair weather and foul - there aren't many that can hold a candle to old Johnnie Walker Black.

26th July 2017


I love this black lebel,

14th July 2017

JW black label is the best whisky in the world

The best whisky in the world and the best selling in the world

12th July 2017


JW Black is proof that single malt snobbery doesn't pay. This truly is wonderful stuff. Luscious caramel and vanilla more than make up for the thin graininess on the palate IMHO. Talisker fans, in particular, should give Black Label a try.

25th June 2017

)strong brand but good blend

Its a whisky with a bit of everything in it. I got my bottle for £15 and can comfortably and enjoyable drink it neat or with ice on a hot day(it is a blend after all). Sure there is a grain whisky texture to it but it does take you on a taste journey. Buy it when its on offer or if you cant buy affordable malt where you live. I much prefer their green label 15 blended malts bottling at 43% and if you want a diago malt go for lagavulin 16 if you like the tcp medicinal smoke side of things in a stronger hit.

23rd June 2017



13th June 2017


Paid £15 on special offer from ASDA. Taste like a cheap bottom shelf grain heavey blend. Am not bothered because I only paid £15 but iv seen this stuff sold for £28 a bottle and thats scandalous. Has abit of smoke to it but so does Teachers and famous grouse black and it's hardly any better than them.

23rd May 2017

Very Very Good

Best whisky in my opinion I love the slight salty notes I get from it.

16th May 2017

An Improved version of what Red Label should've been in the past (maybe?)

It's a very good whisky indeed, nice peat and smokiness finish on this particular blend ,still it's very expensive and not a good price x quality if you know what I mean. Save some more and you can even buy a Single Malt.

If you wanna try this, give it a shot, it's a very good whisky. A bit watery, if you put a teaspoon of water or add ice cubes, it justs ruins it and it fades very quickly so, try to drink it straight.

This blend is one of those available anywhere in the world and all of then tastes the same, it's a good whisky for ordering anywhere such as restaurant, pub, parties, dance clubs and etc.

These are on discounts every time, grab a bottle on the discount, don't pay the full price of it, it's not worthy.

4th May 2017


Good to drink - perhaps too much sugar in it , good addition or alternative .

16th April 2017

Smooth, like water... (tastes like water too)

For someone new to smoke/peat, this may be a good option to try it. This may also be a great whiskey for a first-timer, as this whiskey is very smooth, which means it won't burn off your tongue the first time.

That being said; I've been drinking whiskies for 2 months now. In those 2 months I've had everything from The Glenlivet 12 to Highland Park 10 to Laphroaig QC.

Johnnie Walker Black Label is a very watery whiskey. The nose is excellent and smells of oak, chocolate, salt and pepper, orange peel, red grapes and apples.

The taste is by far the worst part of this dram... It tastes like water with a hint of oak, nutty creaminess, and spices.

The finish isn't terrible, but definitely not anything great. More oak, peat and smoke on the finish...

This would be something decent to have at a party or if there is nothing else to choose from. Otherwise, there are many, many other whiskies I'd rather purchase for the price. Johnnie Walker Black Label would be near the bottom of my list for this price point.

Giving this one 3 stars, as it is "ok". Nothing great, but not exactly horrible. It being so smooth really helps.

30th March 2017



17th March 2017

Strong finish of low quality grain whisky.

Distinctly cheap tasting blend with some nasty grain alcohol. There are better blends available than this... This used to be good but I just bought a half bottle of this muck and now I don't know what to do with it. Might use it as cologne or a skin disinfectant. For me its no longer 'drinkable'. The JW party is over.... but will anyone actually notice that they're drinking 70 percent grain whisky with a token of single malt flavouring..

As one guy here noted, the hangovers are bad...yup, that's poor quality grain spirit for you.

16th March 2017


1st time need to testing

23rd February 2017

One of the very best

I have been drinking Johnnie Walker Black Label for 25-30 years, one of my top favourites Whiskeys and goodies of life....

20th February 2017


Great deal

3rd February 2017

Not for me but perhaps for thee ?

Very smooth but has a strong wet newsprint aftertaste on my palate which took hours to go away. Ill be looking for unpeated drams methinks

1st February 2017


I enjoy the Johnnie Walker Black very much so. It's good taste & smooth.

25th January 2017

five star

very nice

16th January 2017



10th January 2017

Prem P Malhotra

I just love it.

9th January 2017

If you haven't tried this, YOU MUST

From nose to the finish this one is just amazing!

30th December 2016

Sohail Ahmed

Love this lable

27th December 2016

For me

I love it

24th December 2016

Second to none

Yes! there are a lot of awesome scotch wiskies out there- I have had them all!!! Black label just happens to be a fast go to and enjoyable blended scotch.

8th December 2016



25th November 2016

Not for getting blasted

This whiskey does have many subtleties that I did not notice. My friends and I brought out a 5th of this and drank it in one hour. Shot for shot, while the whiskey is smooth, it has a tough flavor that even ginger ale could not make nice. The next day was migraines for us. Yet, 2 handles of Jack and we only wake up with regrets. I'll stick to my cheaper stuff methinks.

24th November 2016



16th November 2016


nice whisky

15th November 2016


i like the taste of black label whisky , past 10 years im buying only this in airport duty free shops.

3rd November 2016



3rd November 2016

Whiskelicious !

Mother's milk !

1st November 2016

I forgot how great JWB 12 is/was.....Old friend is back again.

I have bought Dimple 15, JWB 12 and four of those small 0,05 L Chivas 12 miniatures. I was running low on cash for 3 whole 3 new bottles. Anyways...I knew Dimple 15 is great bang for buck. You get almost a quality of Chivas 18, for almost 20 euros less, and even when I had both in a cabinet, I could rotate this too easy. both 10/10. Chivas 12 is my "everyday", but I skipped it this time, because I wanted to go to JWB after a 1-2 years. And damn...This stuff is excelent. I dont know whether this was because it was a while, or is this a better batch, or what? Color wise not as dark as Dimple 15, but way darker than Chivas 12. I dont know if Chivas 12 has gone to the non/less E150 coloration now or if the casks are worn out, because last couple years they are very light.
JWB 12 surprised me with forgotten sweetness, smokiness and also smoothness. i alwasy find it harsher than Chivas 12, not this time. Nope. I am realy digging JWB 12 right now. And the presentation was a classic bottle in black box, no glasses added. I went with the cheapest for 29 euros.
P.S. Do not be mistaken. The JWR NSA is garbage...Total garbage. I made a mistake buying a bottle half a year ago.

22nd October 2016


It's the whisky I like the most.

19th October 2016

Over the top

This whiskey got me from the balls , i don't dare to see it anywhere without asking for a sip.

19th October 2016


Why spend to much money JW Whisky it's smooth and has excellent flavor.

19th October 2016


I believe, whoever blended this, is/are genius, as I have attempted to replicate the taste and have
failed miserably!
All the essential nuances of aroma, taste and finish that absolutely are integral to a premium Scotch are here.
Multinationals have the scale and scope to obviously trounce their competition.

7th October 2016



5th October 2016

Johnnie Walker Black Label 43% (Old bottling)

Probably the generic benchmark for Scottish blended whisky. Simple, straight forward and not complex enough to be not pimped out by the mixed drinks industry. Having said that, if the proprietors have any business sense whatsoever, they will return the Black Label to its original strength.

10th September 2016



22nd August 2016

A solid whiskey that never dissapoints.

My cabinett is full of various rather fancy single malts and I appreciate them all. However I never get tired of having a dram of Johnnie Walker Black Label. If I only could choose one whiskey, it would be it.

20th August 2016

very well put together

i think the master blenders of this whiskey didnt leave anything a whiskey consumer love not putting it in this whiskey , amazing

19th August 2016

It's good


1st August 2016



29th July 2016

Great stuff

This is great stuff, can drink it everyday

6th July 2016

Million dollar Whisky

Its unfair to see blue label superior to this GREAT whisky !!

5th July 2016

A go to!

I've got a bunch of whiskeys in my cabinet right now: Scotch, Japanese, Bourbons, single and blended; and so I enjoy all kinds of whisky. But I must say that whenever I come back around to this dram, I am always impressed! I forget how good it is because its not a flashy single malt scotch or Japanese. This is a great entry point period to the world of whisky. I will probably always have a bottle in my cabinet somewhere waiting for me to "rediscover" how good it is. Its not about the pedigree, its about the taste and Johnnie Walker Black has plenty of it!

5th July 2016


The best drink ever

28th June 2016

Can't be beat for its price

This is one of the truly best spirits available, it drinks like a much more expensive libation. Smokey, peaty, leathery, sweet, with notes of toffee and dried fruit. Best sipped neat or with a small chunk of ice. Absolutely smooth, tangy, peppery finish.

21st June 2016


Love Jim beam but jw black label has a smoothness that cannot be matched. Great with coke.

19th June 2016

I gave a use one time

very good quality

8th June 2016

cant be any better !

i crave it all the time .. equally like water !!

7th June 2016

One of the best in the range

A day to day drink smooth and tasty , not for single malt snobs ,highly rated in many whisky guides regardless of it fairly cheap price , I've drank green red gold and blue , this is still my favourite for the taste

2nd June 2016

Pretty damn good

I got into Scotch about 5 years ago, via single malts. Still love the single malts, but I confess to having been pretty snobby about it. Then one day I ended up with a glass of this just because there was nothing else to be had. Went and bought a bottle the next day. Some smoke, some sweetness, smooth and a nice long finish. JW Black is now a staple in my cabinet.

23rd May 2016

the fairytale that never ends

When I place my glass on my sink after multiple glasses of JWBL...the smell of the residue takes you on a journey of the fine constituents of the blend...Beautiful.

17th May 2016

My go-to whisky

I own several single malts and blends. I find JWBL to be very rewarding. Never disappoints, and always has a place on my shelf. When you want very specific character and depth of flavour, and expensive single malt is appropriate. When you want breadth of flavour, a quality blend the choice. And I chose Black Label.

14th May 2016


Its a very smooth whiskey...
I ideal for family get togethers..

13th May 2016


nectar of gods !

8th May 2016

Energetic & blood & body cleanser

Superb, excellent whiskey in universe.

7th May 2016

Good times ahead

One of the finest whiskey

1st May 2016


Very good

1st May 2016

no wonder its the best selling in the world

I had Johnnie Walker Red, Green, Gold, Blue, Chivas Regal 12, Grants, Bells, Dewars , Ballantine, J&B, Monkey Shoulder, Jameson, Bushmills, Glenmorangie 10, Glenfiddich 15, Laphroaig 10, Lagavulin 16..etc. JWBL is Head, shoulders, knees and toes flying above all of these blends and single malts! Its everything of everything.. it’s THE whiskey when you Really want to enjoy a glass of whiskey to sip.. Its famous.. masculine.. tasty.. smooth.. soft.. punchy.. peaty.. smoky.. oaky.. sweet.. luxury.. addictive.. not expensive.. not cheap.. available everywhere.. It’s a masterpiece to enjoy ONLY neat and of course responsibly! Only if you are an expert in whiskey or whiskey aficionado you will understand my opinion! Even Ralfy can’t deny it!

26th April 2016

burnt offering

My taste buds must not be performing as they should because the overpowering nose note for me is burnt bush. Even the palate is mainly burnt bush. It is smooth, but I think I will give it a miss in future.

25th April 2016

It's fine

I have used it only once

16th April 2016

Burnt tires

I recently purchased a magnum of jwbl and was completely disappointed . If you ever smelled a tire on fire burning this is the essence. Maybe my bottle is bad or something but I dread drinking the stuff.

15th April 2016


A solid blend.

11th April 2016

Haters will hate

I found the nose quite shy on this one. A bit flat on the arrival, but after letting it roll in your mouth the magic starts to appear.. the finish reminds me of the dark chocolat mochaccino. Creamy and smooth.

For the price/value, you just can`t go wrong with the black label.

Try it before judging.. this blended malt deserves its place between the single malt snobbism.

27th March 2016

Harsh, but drinkable

Not a single malt, but good for the price

25th March 2016

One of the best

Better than most single malts, a safe bet. I always have this one in the shelf besides my single malts.

24th March 2016


Good taste

16th March 2016



14th March 2016

Johnnie Walker whisky is very famous and good

Beautiful whisky of Johnnie Walker

13th March 2016


Excellent blend

11th March 2016


Taste is fantastic...

10th March 2016

good taste

Good taste

2nd March 2016

Not bad, but odd finish...

JWBL is an odd Scotch to me; the nose is interesting, with sherry notes and hints of smoke. The palate is equally good, with a sweetness that's almost a little synthetic tasting but, never-the-less, pleasantly transitions into toffee and more hints of smoke. It's on the finish that JWBL falls apart: beneath the smoke there is an unpleasant acetone sweetness that transitions to bitterness as the finish is falling-off. While this doesn't render JWBL at all undrinkable, it dampens what is otherwise a pleasant whisky and one of the better blends I've tried.

27th February 2016

To go to backup

When you want a scotch and you have a cold, this is where to go.

27th February 2016

Very good

A good whisky for a fair price. This is a really good stuff.

23rd February 2016


It's better than not having any Scotch. But I'd much rather have a bottle of Highland Park 12 for another $10 or some Aberfeldy 12 for the same price or even cheaper than this stuff (locally)... Maybe I just prefer the single malts. As far as cheap blends go, this isn't bad. The popularity is lost on me though... Marketing?

18th February 2016

One of my favorite blends.

This is money well spent if you want a whisky for those non special evenings, if you know what I mean.
It has excellent balance and has a spot on taste. Perfect for those moments you want to lay back and relax after a hard days work and just relax. Haven't tried the double black though, looking forward to that.

10th February 2016

Excellent taste.......


9th February 2016

Snobs nightmare

Listen, forget the over hyped and mass produced stigma this product has. It is simply the best go to drink around... Find comfort in knowing you can order this at just about any corner bar or restaurant.. It's fairly priced and has such a great classic flavor. Place your bias on the steps outside and enjoy this for what it is!

6th February 2016


The best of all blends!

5th February 2016

A very good blended

A well balanced blended whisky. Treat it like a single malt- just few drops of water. You will be never disappointed.

9th January 2016

Its a Johnnie Walker, you can't really go wrong.

Rich, smokey, smooth, blend.
Very easy drinking, with the distinctive Johnnie Walker smoke finish.
A very nice whisky, that never fails to deliver.

4th January 2016



30th December 2015

Great regular drink!

Should be a staple of everyone's whiskey cabinet! Although it's not the most refined of complex of Scotch, it's fine after a stressful day, or if you just fancy something easy. You can't buy a single malt this good for the price (In my opinion!) and most other blends are like drinking battery acid. Only beaten by blue, which unfortunately I cannot afford that as often as if wish, so black will do just fine.

23rd December 2015

Awesomeness in a Bottle

This was my dads drink of choice and now it mine! Smooth and yet it does carry a bit of a bite Without the burn.

23rd December 2015

Bright orange and tastless.

Very disappointing.

15th December 2015

It's the nice smooth and drinkable

13th December 2015

Best Value in the scotch world

You just can't go wrong with it. While the "upper" colors like green, gold, double black, and blue seem like overpriced hype (green is quite drinkable, regardless), this is the value leader in the world of scotch. So satisfying, never disappoints.

21st November 2015

No need for snobbery--it's a good drink

Yes, I know, single malts are "the thing." They've been the thing since they came on the scene in the 80's. But I have to say, over years of drinking scotch as "the whiskey" I absolutely love Johnny Walker Black. It's great over ice with a splash of water. It has decent body, sweetness and it's smooth and silky. It's not exciting or different or in your face, notice my peaty smokiness. It's just a good after work drink and well-made. I've once had the Blue--very nice but very pricey. I'm happiest with this as an affordable luxury. This is what I keep in my decanter as my "house whiskey."

19th November 2015

A masterpiece

I admit to being a bit of a snob when it comes to blends as I prefer the rawness and honesty of a good single malt. However, when a blend is this good it just can't be denied. In my opinion this is a masterpiece - delicately balanced and silky smooth but with enough rough edges to keep it interesting. This will satisfy any whisky lover, veteran and newcomer alike, not only on the nose and the pallette but also in the wallet.

23rd October 2015

Makes me happy

"When Johnnie comes marching home again (...)".

A rich and smooth whisky. Light smoke and toffee. A clear touch of maturity. A long, sweet and gentle finish. One of the best whiskies in its price level. Enjoyable.

14th October 2015

I like it

J.W Red is hideous. J.w. Green is OK. J.W. Gold & Platinum are over-rated and over-priced. I haven't had Blue Label yet. Johnnie Walker Black and Double Black are the BEST of the lot. I prefer Islay whiskeys and I've read that JWB is mostly blended with Caol Ila and Talisker. I love this whiskey and drink it regularly. You just can't go wrong for the price. Best value out there, for sure. Cheers!

4th October 2015

Mmm polémico...

Francamente esperaba mas. Cumple pero no nada mas. Es como que llega al 6/10 para ser benevolente y aprobarlo. Yo por el precio no lo recomiendo, pero no puedo decir que es malo como si lo creo de J & B y Ballantine´s.

23rd August 2015

Real good neat

Tonight I am sippin neat in between bites from a granny smith apple.

Try it if it sounds good. It is.

I love this whisky.

5th August 2015

Good and priced fairly

Its an excellent blend, one of the best out there. Very complex but its hard to pick out certain things because all the flavours is so evenly distributed. The only downfall i have to say for this whisky is that it doesn't have a lot of body or richness often found with highland whiskies, this is the only negative thing i have to say about it.

Compared to other things in this price range ($40), it beats many entry level single malts such as glenlivet or glenfiddich

29th July 2015


I love my Islay single malts and have over 50 in my collection. I decided to finally try JW Black because no restaurants serve any good Scotches around here. I was very surprised how good the black was. I also tried the Blue and felt the black was better for the price. I agree with the review below...JW Black tastes like what you would think a scotch would taste like. Now we just need to get restaurants to not charge $7 a shot when the bottle runs $32.. :)

26th July 2015

Tastes like scotch

Too many scotches try to taste like something else (sherry, fruit, candy.cognac). This one tastes like scotch whiskey. Like old leather and pipe tobacco. The finish lasts forever.

20th July 2015

johnnie walker double black

I recently was given by my wife a bottle of johnnie walker double black(normally I take and prefer Johnnie Walker Black Label)but I'm sorry to say that it was not up to the mark, and, I felt not only cheated but also this was a waste of money.

29th June 2015

Unusual test of it.

I bought the 2 Lt. of 12 years J.W black label from Chicago airport duty free.on 16th. April 2015. I was surprised with the bad test of the whisky, I still have not opened the second one ,which is still with me.
I wish I have an explanation for that, as it is my Favorite for the last 40 years.
Thank you


Fuad Garabet

2nd June 2015

King of the whiskeys

i tried jameson .. tullamore dew .. ballantine .. chivas .. red gold blue double black label .. Black label is the top of all of these whiskeys .. The king kong of the whiskey world !

29th May 2015

Staple blend

Keep it handy in your bar when the single malts run out.

28th May 2015

Black Label is not the same as Black Label

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

Johnnie Walker Black

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

Breakfast Of Champions

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

Since Green Label is no longer available here in Thailand, Black is it.

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

Not bad, Not great . . .

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

Best of the Bunch

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

Old faithful

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

Best for the money

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

The "Go to"

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

House scotch

As the title says. This is the house scotv

8th January 2015

There will always be...

..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

So silky - I never thought this would taste this good

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

Too smoky for me

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

just ok

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

The best so far

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

The best blend so far

it has more complexity compared to other blends.. the smokiness and the sweetness really blend in well

9th November 2014

my go-to brand

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

First and Best

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

First time walking

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

Drinking Johnie on a tropical Island

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 and imagine yourself with a bottle of Black Label on the beach at night :) Cheers

13th September 2014

Just Hype

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

well johnnie walks with me

Its been my fav sincd I could afford it. Best ever

31st May 2014

F____ing awesome!

that's it

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

considerably good

smoky, sweet and slightly peaty. it definitely has slight complexity of a single malt.

10th May 2014

love it in japan

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

ummmmmm....why do I love this so much

It's the highlight of my day and I have a full life. Just 11 hours to go! Delicious!

15th April 2014

Very Drinkable

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

How do they do it?

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

Ideal for Wednesdays

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

An Acceptable entry into Scotch Whisky

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

First whisky I've enjoyed

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

not a peat fan

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

Dee lish

great blend, great price. only thing better is the JW GOLD or blue.

14th February 2014

Good for newbies

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

Not horrible. Thank Goodness.

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

Very good product

Sweet and smoky. Complex and easy. highly recommended blend.

10th December 2013

RE: 25 years stored

"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

My first blend taste

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

25 years stored

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

Thanks Hitch

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

one of my favorites

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

$hits the bomb

bang for buck best blend on the market. never leave home without it

28th September 2013

Unbeatable in it's price range

Just superb in every way... for the price I feel it's unbeatable. Perfect on the rocks and never disappoints.

13th September 2013

Great every day dram, great blend.

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

Too Peaty

A nice smooth start but far too much peaty taste for me. An acquired taste!

12th July 2013


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

Like a hard horn

I could suck this back all night.

20th April 2013



15th April 2013

Expensive for a blend

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

A workhorse

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.

14th April 2013

Consistently excellent!

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

Don't let snobs fool you

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

Search for it on offers

Had it in Poland for just 89 Polish zloties (ca. GBP 17,25) a 0,7l bottle!

1st March 2013

My day to day drink

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

value for money

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

My favourite blend

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

The go to Scotch

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

Sexy blend

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

King Of The Whiskies

It's a complete whisky. Great taste..

25th December 2011

Great value

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

Blend of reference

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

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