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Johnnie Walker Double Black

(70cl, 40%)

Johnnie Walker Double Black
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Double Black Bottling Note

Originally released to the travel retail market, Double Black 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.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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Johnnie Walker Double Black Reviews

This is the stuff

I'm a relative noob to Scotch, but so far in my short journey it looks like JWDB is going to be my "go to". It's a little more than I'd like to spend for a bottle of whiskey, but it's obvious that you need to go another $20 to find something better.

I really like JWB, so I figured, "OK, if I like that, I'll probably like JWDB"! And, no great surprise, I was right. It's like JWB, but "more". Some smoke, a "chewier" mouthfeel, some nice sweetness without being a "sherry bomb".

So, now that I know that I like a bit of "peat", I figured it was time to "level up". I found something called "Aerstone Land Cask 10yr" for about the same price as JWDB, and it promised to be "Smoky". Game on.

Game "over". That stuff tasted like a campfire with recapped tires thrown on it. Awful.

Now, I don't know if that is similar to other "peated" Islay Scotch tastes, but if it is, no thank you.

I came running back to JWDB, I think that's going to be home base.

8th February 2023

A taste of Islay for the pyrophobic

Forty years ago I was introduced to Islay single malts and have metaphorically stayed on the island almost exclusively, aside from the odd sailing round the other islands and an occasional day trip to coastal towns on the mainland. Laphroaig and the now expensive Lagavulin are my preference (smoke, peat, iodine, TCP, seaweed, tar, the Full Monty) and I never, ever drank blends. And then.... a very generous friend bought me a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label. I sipped it suspiciously and discovered it to be a whisky put together with great skill although missing the smokey, peaty, medicinal elements I love. Then I stumbled across JW Double Black on this website, with its promise of Islay, and bought a bottle when it was on special offer. It is a very good and very drinkable weekday whisky. I'm not going to pretend that it tastes like the medicine cabinet on a deep sea trawler during a heavy storm in the Malin seas but it tastes of Islay, albeit in a less 'challenging' form, and has great balance. It has become a firm favourite of mine.

28th September 2022

Let it breath

I bought a bottle of this when it was first released and didn't feel it offered anything over the std JWBL. Last week I bought another and I let it breath properly.
This is an essential component of drinking whisky that is all-but ignored.
Now I can taste the richness of the increased single malt content and I like it very much.
I would even suggest that it is well-priced.

24th July 2022

Yeahhh.. Not So Much

Personally, I think it's over-refined. Mellow is one thing, but I feel JWDB lacks any real character & flavor and although it goes down smoothly, there's not any real character to it. I'll take plain ol' Black or Red any day.

14th March 2022

Love the peat!

If you like smoky/peaty Islay single malts then this is a cheap way to enjoy that. Either you like peaty whisky or you don't. I love nearly every smoky whisky i've ever tried. What I don't like is sherry finished/flavoured whisky. Yuk! We've all got different pallettes, yah. JW DB has a large dose of Caol Isla in it. If you enjoy the JW Double Black over JW Black like me, then you're probably/undoubtedly a peat fan. I suggest you splash out and try the single malts like Caol Isla 12, Talisker 10 or (highly recommended) Ledaig 10. All delicious. If you like those you can move onto the big guns like Laphroaig 10, Ardbeg 10 or Lagavulin 16. Enjoy!

13th January 2022

Nice for the extra peat, but now too much caramel.

It's pretty nice. The JW BL is perhaps a gold standard in terms of quality/price. This double black, around the same price as the JW BL where I live, seems slightly deeper, rosier in colour, nose and taste are smokier, peatier, which I like. However, there seems to be more caramel (toffee, sweet), nose and palette, which I don't like personally. It's also tangier on the tongue, which I also don't like particularly. I like this whisky, for its affordability and heavier peat/smoke, but will probably stick to JW BL in general, because I don't go with the extra sweetness.

8th March 2021

Decent! A bit of peat and smoke

If you like Islay whisky this is a good sipper. If you can't handle a little peat and smoke then definitely stay away. It's not overpowering in any way but it definitely let's you know it's mostly Islay.

22nd January 2021

Glenfidich anyday

Was like drinking tcp antisceptic

29th December 2020

It's just not for me because of the after effects

I like the flavor, but too much smoke after taste and it lingered far to long for me. And to make matters worse one drink gave me a massive headache. I've had other liquor do the same thing but not to the extent this did. I guess I'll stick Mccallen. I've had blue label before with no such I'll side effects lol

27th December 2020


Very much what it says on the tasting notes!

20th December 2020

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