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A very special 2011 edition of Johnnie Walker's classic blend, Black Label. Double Black was originally released to the travel retail market, and it combines the rich, malty flavour of Black Label with slightly peatier whisky and casks that were more heavily charred. The result is a toasty, smoky whisky with Johnnie Walker's usual rich, malty core - very good indeed.
Nose: Slightly smoky and almost medicinal on the nose, it offers up hints of vanilla, a little tar, a touch of barbecue sauce, citrus and malt.
Palate: Good body and very creamy with a sublimely malty core. It offers up a surprising level of peat smoke which works really well. Creamy sweetness, hints of soft wood smoke, salty butter, custard and cereal grains.
Finish: Good length with notes of malt, boiled sweets, black pepper and cool smoke.
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It's just ok to me. Personally I do prefer Black Label. The smoke flavour can be overwhelming and for some a cause of nausea, as it appears not natural.
10th April 2017
Fabulous!!! My new favorite!
13th March 2017
I'm a big fan of JWDB. I enjoy its complexity mixed with peaty smoke. It is smooth, flavorful, has an enjoyable longer lasting finish, and is inexpensive. Highly reccomended.
10th March 2017
I like this for a simple weeknight scotch. I'm primarily an Islay or Bourbon drinker. Not usually a fan of strong floral or citrus flavors. JWDB is a really nice balance of smoke and floral notes though. The nose can bring a surprisingly pleasant burnt toast note, but its definitely subtle and competes with young grains. And it actually does maintain the toffee/caramel/maple syrup notes that regular JWB has (others disagree). Smooth on the palate with a relatively short peppery finish and still plenty of that subtle complexity of the floral/citrus/peat mix that characterizes JW blends. I actually prefer this to something like a Talisker DE single malt. Its not as powerful and it certainly doesn't have a strong single identity, but it offers more flavors to mull over than most single malts, and it goes down easy.
3rd March 2017
24th February 2017
It has a little more smoke than standard JW Black but at the expense of complexity and finish. Not really the peat bomb I expected. Better with a few drops of water. Won't replace JW Black in my cabinet.
12th February 2017
31st January 2017
Its very smooth
9th January 2017
I love it
4th January 2017
Love this lable
27th December 2016
Best one after Blue Label.
8th December 2016
7th December 2016
I found this Scotch to be creamy with a hint of caramel and slightly smoky. For those who can't withstand the Smokey nature of Lagavulin this is a good starting point. It is a nip that is addictive. My advice for beginners is a little more ice than usual. Overall it is a decent Scotch that isn't standard and will test a novice palate.
2nd December 2016
I love it read reviews and some whisky snobs abound, but I choose my own opinion and love it I normally drink blended whisky with a mixer but this is great straight which really surprised me, try it for yourself if you like smokestack peaty flavours, :):):)
23rd October 2016
Not a big fan of the smoky whiskeys. The regular black is far better.
3rd October 2016
I have taken double black once. then onwards I am taking only double black.
17th August 2016
more smokier than jw black 12yr., scents are lovely strong on the nose. people who drank with me received nasty headache including me. it feels like receiving hang over from red label with better smell and taste. the age is also not presented here. i believe its one of them cheap blend claiming it came from jw black 12 yr.
12th August 2016
9th August 2016
Cant get n good whisky down.Just marvellous.
1st August 2016
Let me tell you the truth about it. This a good whisky blend and you would hardly find better in its price category, in the sense it successfully combines tastes that can easily go wild and spoil a drink (smoke, peat, char, tar...). The best way to appreciate its quality is to compare with simple black label: I remember a little disappointment at my very first drinking of JWB, because of too much talisker-like whiskies in the blend making the finish too peaty, à mon goût. Adding water was also no good idea with JWB. No such thing here, smell and taste are well-balanced all along the Double Black experience, with or without water, even though a little more length and less intensity would have greatly emphasised the finish. Particularly good with dark or milk chocolate.
23rd July 2016
Received this as a present, being an Islay man, i was skeptical. However, I was pleasently surprised. A little smoke and a little medicine. I prefer a Lagavulin or an Ardbeg, but this is worth a try. Also, it is a bit cheaper ;-)
16th July 2016
21st June 2016
Never been a big Johnnie Walker fan.... but Double Black brings Johnnie on par with some of my favourite single malts.
12th June 2016
11th June 2016
Un blend bien balanceado, algo de humo y turba, pero sin exagerar ... Es un buen inicio hacia los whiskies turbados como talisker, ardbeg o lagavulin ....el precio es muy favorable!!
29th May 2016
28th May 2016
24th May 2016
A rich tone with a well fashioned body of malt..keep walking !!!
30th April 2016
Disappointed in this as I'm a fan of Johnnie walker gold and black label , a cheap medicinal taste from this like cough mixture cut with red label and a smoke bomb Standar Black label is far nicer to drink
28th April 2016
27th April 2016
15th April 2016
Job for the best
29th March 2016
I'm a novice scotch drinker. Have tried several types and for some reason this is just really smooth and easy to drink for me. Love it.
11th March 2016
My all friends love this whisky
5th March 2016
This is one of my favorite scotches!!! The only thing I like better is Blue and Gold.This is my celebratory Friday night on the rocks scotch!!!
18th February 2016
Not a fan of this one at all. The only way I can make this one passable is using it in a whiskey sour.. and even then it bothers me.
23rd December 2015
didn't like at all, way to smoky for me.
22nd December 2015
Anyone who tells you this is their favourite whisky is an eejit! It's the kind of whisky that appeals, one assumes, to the gullible and easily impressed. So, I bought a bottle. It was on offer at £25, down from £40. I read the blurb, got taken in by the sexy packaging, and now I have 65cl of practically undrinkable dram. It tastes of smoke. No, it tastes of charred packing crates. And that's it, really. One trick pony in a bottle, so it is. There's a few almost completely obscured hints of lemon, banana, and plywood. But it's 99.9% charred wood. It's now December. I confidently predict that this bottle will lay, untouched, in my kitchen cabinet until summer. Then, I'll use half of it in marinades for meat destined for the BBQ. And I'll tip the rest down the throats of the guests AT the BBQ, those I don't like, that is. Lovely bottle, though. I might leave it out on display until summer, come to think of it.....
12th December 2015
I bought this out of sheer curiosity after discovering JW Black this year and falling in love at first dram. I'm a fan of the smoky Islay single malts and so (I hoped) JW DB would sit nicely between JWB and my Talisker/Highland Park. Not the case. I was quite surprised by how un-smoky this is, and, while pleasant to drink, it's less complex than JWB and (contradicting the box blurb) less rich and intense. If JW DB was priced between Red and Black, then I wouldn't be so disappointed, but the fact it costs slightly more than JWB makes this a definite one to avoid.
28th November 2015
A bit smokier than regular Black Label. Not as complex. Smooth, creamy and good. Regular Black is better and costs less but don't take my word for it. If you like Black Label you can drink this no problem.
17th November 2015
I did not like the nose of drying fishing nets and the excessive wood- smoke first time round and believed it was not as good as the standard BWB. I did not expect to buy another bottle but was given this one. Second time around, I have become less critical and now consider it a interesting alternative. It still has JWB character in the background but has more robust and flavoursome top notes of peat smoke.
4th November 2015
Very smooth, nice smoke from nose to finish
31st October 2015
Yes, as title says.Smoother than black, richer than black cheaper than gold.If you are fan of black or gold. then, you should try it.
30th September 2015
Awsome Taste,Pure Blended
26th September 2015
While not at all a bad dram, I prefer the original Black Label as it just has a richer flavor for my palate. This is good, but the smoke is a bit overdone at the expense of the malt.
24th September 2015
A lot of headache
13th September 2015
much better than the standard black. there are better blends on the market though. this one and Dewars 12 (blue box) are my favs
21st August 2015
Is a very soft to the palate. smoked scotch, reminds me the good green label, this blend is for neat or with ice.
16th August 2015
Well, I wasn't as taken with this drop as I thought I might be. It's certainly a step up from JW Black, but I didn't really enjoy the burnt taste in the finish. It just tasted like a bush fire if I'm honest, and although I finished the bottle, I doubt I'd buy it again in deference to the Green Label.
6th August 2015
- am I crazy or does the smoke seems like an afterthought add in that doesn't belong? It's very drinkable but in the end it's a somewhat flawed blend.
22nd July 2015
It's been years since I had a drink of Johnnie's juice, but when I saw this one in an airport duty free, I had to try it out.What a great and pleasant surprise. A friendly smoke caresses the nostrils. As the whisky get to breathe, I also get some nice, rough liqourice and some tar. In the mouth it is smooth and rich but not heavy at all. Not the slightest alcohol burn. The finish is short. Much shorter than I would have liked. The smoke goes first, the liqourice and tar last a tad longer. But it's an very very drinkable and enjoyable blend.
3rd July 2015
Marvellous blend something very unique with smoothness & richness.
30th June 2015
Overpriced for a such young blend. On the other hand good quality, balanced smoky blend. Maybe the second best smoky scotch blend. However hugely overpriced, try Black & White, that's the best smoky blend I know.
2nd June 2015
افضل من البلاك. الطعم سلس وحلو. لا تتردد تجربه
28th February 2015
my grandmother was a GORDON & I love J W Double Black a fine drink on a cold Canadian DAY OR NIGHT. Keep up the good work. I am going to try J.W. BLUE next. THANKS G.D. Smy.
21st February 2015
What is the age of double black?
20th February 2015
Double black is great...Tks to JW
18th February 2015
I really enjoy the smoky flavor of this JW series. It has a pleasant finish similar to many of the single malts. WIll definity add this to the collection. Glenlevit 12 is still #1 but this is right up there.
10th February 2015
1st February 2015
this blend offers sweet complex smoke, not heavy peat not heavy char but a delicate combination of both. Double Black is oily, sweet, smooth, smokey and sweet - simply fantastic!
20th January 2015
Tasty and smoky. Smoky is on the top overpowering other flavor but overall is smooth so you can easily finish a bottle with friends in a couple of hours.
1st January 2015
I have over 20 scotchs in my collection and was looking to add another, so I picked up a bottle of JW double-black. I usually stay with single malts, but decided on this blended scotch because of the smokey flavor profile. This scotch surprised me since I am usually not a fan of Johnny Walker. It is very smooth with complexity. The finish I felt was short compared to Bowmore, Ardmore, Talkisker, but still tasted great. I usually start with this scotch, then work my way to Laphroig and Ardbeg to finish the night. Also, I found this on the internet: "Caol Ila is unique in this space because it straddles the line between hidden distillery and a scotch whisky brand. 95% of what Caol Ila produces is used in Johnnie Walker’s blends, most notably for Johnnie Walker Black and to an even greater extent Johnnie Walker Double Black."
27th December 2014
I drink Whisky most nights and I've tried to learn as much as I could over the years. For a long time I believed that singles were what I was supposed to be drinking. Double Black has many of the strengths of the smokey, peaty single malts I enjoy. It has an easier beginning than some, so it's a nice whisky for developing an understanding if you want to know more. It has the depth and smoke that allows you to explore the complexities of whisky. It is certainly a whisky to keep in the cabinet. Good deep whisky with consistency.
21st December 2014
The first time I drank Double Black it was Divine with that smokey flavor. I was like ooooohhhh. I have asked for a couple of bottles more.
11th December 2014
A definite must keep in the bar.The best taste & value for the money.Cheers,Greg
6th December 2014
Being a Scot would it surprise you that my very first flirtation with whiskey was at a comparatively young age...(not including when my teet was dipped in it....(some time before Calpol). It was a half bottle of a blended variety which was downed at a school disco, (seemed like a good idea at the time). The immediate after effects put me off Scotch for a considerable number of years.However, having matured somewhat my next brush with a finer variety was of Irish descent, in particular a "Black" model. Not as heavy as it's Scottish cousin and certainly more refined than its "white brother"I was sure I would only drink with the "Irish" from that day on. Until, visiting a small isle off the West coast of Scotland with I stumbled upon the isles own malt. Light, like honeyed spring water and golden as sun cast raindrops, the sweetness melted on my tongue and I swore I'd only ever drink the isles finest export.Until recently.A friend introduced me to Mr Walkers double black, albeit I had some reluctance due to the dark, peaty overtones that I perceived would overpower me. As I reached for the proffered glass I was contemplating my excuses to the host as to why I could not indulge beyond a dutiful sample.My surprise was plainly visible. Maybe I have matured and if so, I've now found a Whiskey which matches me, its complex, earthy, sweet and lingering. To be savoured and long lasting. Well that's what I tell my wife, as I lock me and Mister Walker in the shed. Again.Please drink responsibly.
8th November 2014
Just been given x2 1 litre bottles. This is such a palatable whisky, not to be mixed with anything, just alone!
29th October 2014
Grabbed this in Duty Free before heading abroad as it seemed like a good price at £27 for a litre (and I was initially planning on just getting really drunk on it really fast). Everybody that tried it was amazed at how much they liked it, as was I. I love smoky whisky so was pleasantly surprised with a good value blend that I really enjoy. Even for the price here it's still work it if you really like pronounced smoky flavours.
20th October 2014
Used to drink black label for a Long time, this is my first experience with double black and really like that. Medicined vanilla, smokey and woody smell on the nose, creamy sweetness on plates and malt and peppery body and good length finishing in the end .
3rd September 2014
Tastes Like TWG Tea 100% Smoky Earl Grey with Alcohol.Water and Ice Ruins It. Dinkable neat Only.
29th August 2014
this stuff is not for me at all
14th August 2014
Firstly this is like a magnified (double?) version of JW Black in the sense of being thicker, slightly more viscous and smokier. But it also has a few different markers than 12 YO JWB which is more maltier. If you've tasted Talisker then I'd bet this contains a fair bit of smoky peat from that malt and for the price, this as a poor person's Talisker is great value. It does have some cheaper grain notes on the nose but it is 2/3 the price of Talisker. Although the bottle states heavily charred casks are used, the smoke flavour is not off-putting. The rich sweet entry is pleasant and brown sugar carry through with a touch of vanilla and raisin fruit cake intensity filling out the picture as the smoke billows out and gently fades. 94/100 = very good value
25th July 2014
First of all, I'd say this is not a 12yr old whiskey...every 12yr old I've ever seen says so on the bottle, even regular Black Label. Secondly, the flavor is thin, it lacks a balanced smoke and it's way overpriced. I'd sooner buy regular Black Label, or better yet, Pinch.
6th July 2014
This does not have the subtle skilled blending of JWB nor the 12 year ageing that ensures such a smooth and satisfying dram. I agree it is astringent as the smoke is mainly derived from charring the casks and not from additional peaty Islay whisky. Diageo should not be charging more than the standard Black for this over-hyped and inferior product.
2nd July 2014
It's a nice compliment to the standard black label.
8th June 2014
I have no idea why so many people have said that this isn't much different from standard black label - it's VASTLY different. It is much peatier and less of a smooth sip. I'll be completely honest, neither the standard black label, not this are my favourite JWs but, if I had to choose, I would say that the standard black label. I think it's a more well-rounded drink in general and the double black has a slightly astringent, unpleasant note to it (in my opinion). I prefer the gold label to both, which I am surprised about because, in general, I'm a big fan of smoky whiskies
14th May 2014
Obviously, if you like Black Label, you should like this. It's pretty much a real smoky version of B.L. After adapting to this, regular B.L. just seems bland and weak, and a little more fruity. It is my all time favorite, but I like to venture out to try new tastes. I have not found one yet. I'm sure there is $100 whiskey out there that can beat it, but I can get this at BevMo for $45. Boom.
12th May 2014
I have not had any other JW more than this. Example i have not had JW Blue, Platinum or Gold etc. So i dont know how JW Double Black is compared that. But compared to JW Black JW Double black is more smoother. But i felt it has a little bit of a sweeter after taste. I did not like that. For me the intention of this drink looks like to capture women or Americans. Because both of them prefer sweeter drinks. I am only referring to the majority here. For that i prefer JW Black which has a bit rough after taste. Feels manly :)Anyways, i would go with a JW Black than JW double black.
11th May 2014
аромат достаточный интенсивный, без сивушности, вкус и послевкусие с нотами Лагавулина-во как!
2nd May 2014
I've been given a bottle of this from my college buddy as a graduation gift.I haven't tasted much, but I think this is one of the (for the lack of a better term) "manliest" drinks I've ever had.Now, my dad and I have some of this whenever we grill some porkchops.
31st January 2014
I always have double black as a regular drink. Love the smoky flavour. However, on a rather special day, I would still go with Talisker...my favourite whisky. Nonetheless, JW Double Black has to be the best blended whiskey I've ever had (and which is quite many).
18th January 2014
If there is, I can't really tell. Perhaps I should get both bottles and taste them along side to tell the difference. But that won't happen any time soon, as I don't feel like making that much of an investment on a JW bottle that is below Green. Which is way too expensive anyway... so yeah. I guess I'll leave it up to the experts to tell me. Taste-wise to me, its pretty much interchangeable with the Black and a huge improvement over the Red.
13th January 2014
I bought a bottle on the plane while traveling overseas . I was pleasantly surprised of the taste and how smooth this double black is. Upon returning home I rushed to store and bought a few bottles. I think this the best JW has produced, I like it even better than the blue
21st December 2013
i'm a serious whiskey/whisky drinker. I've been a fan of the Black label and Gold label [blue is a bit overrated for my liking] for years but double black is my all time favorite. love the tones, the woodiness and i'm not a religious person but by god...drink this with a quality Maduro cigar and i think I've gone to heaven :)
22nd November 2013
Found that my bottle-o up the road still had around 5 od bottles of Green label. Really liked the double black so I compared the two side by side. Even made the wife try both.Green was every so slightly smoother. The double black I preferred the taste of though - its stronger. But to my palette roughly neck and neck. They were the same.In Australia the Green sells for around $80. The double black around $50 to $60.All in all I think this the over all best for value. Id be very interested in lining it up with the normal black label. But after not drinking scotch in a while I remember being suprised at how good the double black was.
13th November 2013
Tried the double black label this evening. Found that there was not much of a difference in taste from the regular black label, but, what a difference in price. In addition, my favorite Johnnie Walker, green label, has been discontinued, so now I have less of a selection amongst the JW whiskies. Lately, I've been trying various blends of Glenlivet and have found a new love. Since, my favorite, green label is gone and double JW doesn't do it for me, I find myself leaning toward the marvelous taste of the Glenlivet's single malts.
9th November 2013
The marketing is annoying as it is not much like Black Label at all. Once you get that out of your head you realize that what it is is a very unique and sexy blend. Smokey in both a scotch/peated sense and in the character of bourbon, which is new for me in a whisky. The texture is oily and smooth, and the finish is malty and quite sweet, like with all JW whiskies that don't have a red label. The other fun thing about this whisky is the cinnamon/clove spice that comes after the entry.Just a very entertaining and complex experience.
6th November 2013
Nice whiskey, not personally as good as standard black as looses some of the profile and smoothness of black due to the added smoke.That said on its own its a decent drop, has that smokey, peaty tone but not overly harsh (it's not an ardbeg but not that price point) Not sure worth the £10 hike over black label and for the money a few decent peaty single malts drop in like carol ila, Tobermory and some of the bowmores maybe a tailisker 10 on a price promotion day.Nice but not sure another bottle will join the collection once this ones done.
12th July 2013
This is an excellent price point to get into a lovely Talisker-like whisky at half the price. It has the standard raisin fruit cake characteristics of normal JW Black but definitely magnified. It is richer and oilier in texture. A very good whisky.
7th June 2013
Only a shadow of the Black label, very young indeed. Worrying trend after discontinuation of the Green label.
4th June 2013
It's a little bit smokier, but the difference to regular JW black is fairly small. Which means it's still great stuff (JW Black remains my favourite of all blends), but I'm not sure if it's that much better to warrant the significant price difference.
2nd May 2013
As I started to familiarize myself with scotch, I was pleasently introduced to JW Double Black. A great whisky for those who are relatively new to the craft and enjoys a smokey flavor.
15th April 2013
I have to say, I like Double Black better than all other Johnny Walkers (I have yet to try the Gold Label). If you like smokiness/peatiness, give this one a try.
12th April 2013
I have induldged in whiskey drinking for 20 or so years perhaps dabbled is a better description. Tried JW Black label only the other month and after that first dram have become a firm fan of Johnnie Walker whiskey.I thought I knew the basics of a good dram and thought I was familiar with some of the brands that were masters of the art ! how the ignorant learn ! when I discovered Johnnie Walker ,where have you been all my life ..with what years I have left I will celebrate them with a glass of Johnnie Walker whiskey as my companion ....
10th February 2013
I recently invested in a bottle of JW Double Black. Damn fine whiskey !!! I am purchasing a couple of cases so I will have it on hand, Great job JW,
1st January 2013
I LOVE this whisky. I am admittedly new to whisky, and the Laphroag quarter cask beat me up. This dram is the PERFECT amount of peat and smoke with none of the "rubber" taste of Laphroag. I love it....Dk
2nd May 2012
As Austen Powers would say I only really tried this for sh**s & Giggles.I usually favour a higher strength single malt, but thought lets try it at 40% and see hat its like.There is little i would add to the notes already listed by MOM, they seem rather conclusive and exhaustive; really BBQ sauce?! Really?! :PFor me this whisky might actually fill quite an important if not bizarre niche; to become my regular accompanying dram whilst i play COD online!Alas my trusted Talisker 10 may finally be retired from this honourable charge.All, in all i have to say it really isn't a bad whisky. As much as i should, i cannot compare it with too many blended whiskys for the simple reason i tend not to drink them, but as a stand alone drink it not bad.My fave whisky so far this year though is the Bunnahabain 19 years (murrary McDavid bottling) thats fantastic!
16th January 2012
My recommendation is always Johnnie Walker
25th December 2011
Over the years I have been an imbiber of Scottish whisky and even JW Blue label. I have experienced Double Black only as a traveller and I can only say I think this is the best J.W. I have experienced, as value for quality I have ever tasted better. Full points to J.W. for giving the world a magical experience at an affordable price. When will this gem be available in the retail stores? I can't wait as I don't travel every week.
24th December 2011