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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.

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

Smooth, pleasant whisky

Much better than I expected. This is a very nice whisky. Compared to some single malts such as glenlivet 15 or balvennie 14, which I find a bit harsh and 1 dimensional, this is very smooth, with nice elements of figs, toffee and smoke, with an underlying sweetness (treacle/raisins) being carried through and a nice hint of complexity.
There definitely seems to be an element of talisker coming through on this 1. Very easy to drink. At £30 it's hard to fault. In fact when you think talisker skye its self is £40, I would rate this higher than that.

9th October 2020

just doesnt stack up for the brand

I never really understood why this one can be found in many stores and yet the far better green not so much at all. And even the controversial (though fav of mine) new Gold reserve harder to find as well.

I never did get what JW was going for here. I really just beleive the successful and popular Black is the only reason this so called "double" version is so easily available. Its really just not so good. It is nothing imo like black and it cannot at all stand up to original black, nor the great Green nor the Controversial Gold.
This one imo is more of a gimmick than it is anything else. Imo its making its living simply by using the Black name.
Many folks (non Scotch drinkers) tend to buy this as a gift for thier Scotch drinking buddies or family members as though more a novelty thing. Its like ..."well I know he likes Black , so double black must be a nice gift". Sorry , but its

This is disappointing, too smokey, and not so pleasant to sip as others from JW. I just dont see why this took off and how its even still around and lasted as long as it has. Somebody still buying it so it must be working for someone. That being said,....somewhere is the worst Doctor and yet someone has an appointment with him tomorrow.

Sorry JW,...Im a believer in the brand with the exception of Red (but red is what it is) and this one should imo simply disappear. Much rather see more shelves with green and Gold on them next to the original and always delicious Black. This one imo just kind of a gimmick.

Ill give it 2 stars simply because its drinkable enough. But thats all.

4th September 2020


Let me start by saying that Speyside and Highlands are my favorite. I am not a fan of moderate to heavy smoke or peat. Taste is subjective and this is just me. THAT SAID, I am surprised at how much I really enjoyed this. I get a much fuller flavor than Black 12 and hardly taste smoke or peat. We all know this is not top shelf but it is there with my intermediate range. At 40 dollars this is a great everyday dram and even for guests. Defiantly better than more expensive ones I've tryed.

24th August 2020

Why 5 Star

Good for Everyday Whisky.
different people like different taste, if you like smoky and strong flavor.
this one is for you.

15th July 2020

Very good, especially in this price range

Probably the best whisky I’ve found in this price range. Very smooth and creamy up front with a medium about of Islay smoke on this finish.

4th July 2020

best for it's price range - smokey goodness

its my go to scotch, i go off and try others but always return home to my staple, never disappoints. i love Nikka a Japanese whiskey but at half the price its regular.

26th June 2020

Talisker and some laphroaig, bland.

Just sipped some of this. Immediatly Talisker.. i am 100pct sure there is talisker in this.. and also laphroaig maybe a tad. But i sense huge amount of Islay.

Reading all these reviews i hesitated but i am glad i bought a bottle. Smoke and a bit medicine.. if you love Islay.. this could be your new favorite blend

23rd June 2020

Great smokey JW

Very nice taste and smokiness. Only downside to me is that it seems too watery (similar to JW Black). Still a great drink.

22nd June 2020


Definitely sense the presence of Lagavulin or Caol - this is as “medicine” like as a blend gets. You will definitely feel like you’ve got something from Islay in your hand, mixed with something just a smidge sweeter than you’ll find in the Islay single malts. A great combination at a decent price point.

20th June 2020


A great excuse for a whisky. The black is not better just different. The DB richer, and smokier (as the box states). Much more like the Talisker.

18th June 2020

A lovely dram.

This is a class above the standard black. The black label is entry level to the world of malt whisky. The Double black takes things to up a notch in terms of taste. Not necessarily better but much more power. This isn't a whisky that many beginners would enjoy. Good value and great character.

17th April 2020


Sad excuse for a whisky. The Black is better. Too heavy in the smoke.

6th April 2020

I have one question

Where is the “smokiness”?? It WAS smoky .. now its red label!!

13th March 2020

Power of Double Black

On the nose it is rich with distinct peaty notes. Citrus nuances accompanied with vanilla nuances are also appearent. Shortly after faint iodine nuaces can be noted. Pleasant and beautiful. Presence of Talisker shows. Younger but stronger than Black Label. On the palate sweet with peaty/smoky nuences, bonfire smoke from the cask and a little saltiness can be noted as well. Finish is long with smoke and peppery nuances.

19th December 2019

I give it a 5*

The best Scotch I ever drink for the pass 25 years Johnnie Walker double black I enjoyed I a lot

1st September 2019

Nice flavours but flat

Nice flavours and it lingers long on the tongue, but it is lacking depth. No multiple layers of flavours.

18th August 2019

Not that great

In Sweden the double black goes for around 32 pounds. That being said, it is not worth it. I feel you get far more value out of the standard 12 year old Black label, which has a significent more depth to it. This has a more syrupy feel, that reminds me of cheaper whiskys.

30th June 2019

Great for the price

Good aftertastes

21st May 2019

Great. One to try.

Got this for £25 on offer, but would pay full whack. Great balance of sweetness and peatiness. Will get another bottle soon!

17th May 2019


I have always wanted a spirit that I love. And this is it. Warm, gentle, and full. Better still; the price. My bride gave a me a taste and I hated it. A year later, I was in love with this blended marvel. The whiskey equivalent of a warm fireplace on a cool evening. A perfect before or with a beef at dinner. IDK about being "the best"... but it's worth more than its $30 range. Feels like a friend. Love it.

18th March 2019

Smokey and perfect to have with a cigar.

If you don’t like smoke this is not for you. I never knew I liked the smoke until I tried it. This is one of my favourites in the Johnnie Walker range. A lot of whisky for the money. The only problem is that it is a bit tricky to get hold of as its not for general sale in Canada. Well worth picking up at the airport when you travel though. It is great when you let it breathe and add a little bit of water to it. Unlike some in the range it’s actually great value for money.

25th February 2019

Not worthy of the name.

I'm no whiskey expert but I like my black label. I tried this and it tasted like some made in china replica of the original

4th February 2019

Smooth and smokey all in

Smooth and Smokey

15th January 2019

A big disappointment

This is not good whisky as they have relied on more smoke by heavy charring the casks. They ought to have added more peated whiskies to the standard JW Black 12 that would have produced a much better result. Stay well clear of this one.

6th January 2019

Smooth transcendence

I tasted it "cowboy" with my eyes closed as it´s mouth-watering and I didn´t want any kind of "mix" at first. Then after adding some water, in a while I figure out how it oppened a smooth transcendence!

6th November 2018

Smooth and smoky

At first it "kicks hard", but when you add some water and let it be for awhile, then it really opens up. Light smokiness followed by splendid smoothness. Long finish. Like a gentle morning. (R)

3rd November 2018

Underwelming Blend

Smokey rather than peaty with a cloying sweetness that is guaranteed to get on your nerves.
On the plus side - lovely looking bottle and box.

31st October 2018

Smokey and delicious

Revisited after a year. Smokey and delicious. Definitely a unique blend that delivers.

28th October 2018

Nice find

The best of regional single malts blended into one—- perfect — peat and oaky smoke come through with balance.

22nd September 2018

Give it a chance

I was mightily disappointed with my first encounter of this as it was no where near as peaty and smokey as i was lead to beleive . I thought i was going to relegate it to the sacrificial coke and whisky shelf....however, after a couple of nights with this i actually realised i liked it for its own merits, it does have some background smoke, very very mild, nice hints of sweetness and oldy worldy oak/leather/cigar. Give it a chance and i think it is a wisky that you will grow to enjoy after getting over the disappointment of what you may have been expecting.

21st September 2018

Much to smokey for me

I never licked the barbecue. But i guess now i know how it would taste.

23rd August 2018

Smoke not peat

I was a bit apprehensive in buying this because of all of the reviews talking about the level of smoke in this bottle. I believed it would be similar to Ardbeg or Laphroag (I dont care for either). If you are thinking the same, let me put this to rest, it tastes nothing like those Islay scotches. That 'medicinal' band-aid flavor is nowhere to be found. Just delicious wood smoke with a nice dash of rich, sweet, honey goodness in the background. Absolutely delicious! Takes ice and water much better than regular black label. This is the best $30 scotch you will ever buy!

6th August 2018

Wasted $38.99 on this bottle.

I don't know what everyone else is drinking but Johnnie Walker Double Black is neither smooth, well balanced, or remotely enjoyable. The charred taste was overpowering and not a single one of the four friends that tried this whiskey with me found it remotely drinkable. If you like having the aftertaste your mouth experiences akin to that of chewing on a charred barrel chip then this is the whiskey for you, if that's not your cup of tea then stay far away from Double Black

21st May 2018

Sweet and Smokey all in one

Johnnie black 12 - like driving a well respected Golf GTI around a race track.
Johnnie double black - taking the same GTI around the track, except without wearing a seatbelt, switching off the stability program and cutting the exhaust in half.

Both excellent, one just feels a little more rough and dangerous. Like we sometimes need to be.

15th April 2018

A great new find for me

Very smooth

7th January 2018



16th November 2017

Tastes like smoke ham

Am I the only man who thinks this tastes like smoked ham ... and LOVES it?

16th November 2017

Doesn't keep

October 2017: Like regular Black Label, muffled by a cozy blanket of extra peat and sweetness. Quite a treat. Next evening, with 4/5 of the bottle intact, it was stale and syrupy with unwelcome bitterness. Regular Black would not have gone off like this. Stick with cheaper, superior, regular Black Label: It's not what it used to be, but it's reliable, rounded and pleasant. The remaining Double Black is relegated to 'The Woolworth' cocktails with a rinse of Islay and orange bitters, and a twist of lemon rind, to make it palatable.

3rd November 2017

Mellow and smokey.

Lovely dram, just didn't get any 'custard' in the palate.

24th October 2017

Who cares about NAS, this hangs with blue and green

Creamy smoky goodness..... not really peaty just a good solid smoke flavor blended with creamy malty goodness

27th September 2017


very good

8th September 2017

If I can't find it in Sweden. I will order.


25th August 2017


Want this

31st July 2017

the best

love it

12th July 2017

Whisky hater

Having started my drinking with ultra-cheap rot gut 'Indian whiskeys' (which are essentially whiskey flavoured industrial spirit derived from molasses) I absolutely abhor all whiskey. Bacardi and Absolut with tonic water are my preferred tipples. I have tried sipping single malts and the better blended whiskeys but never could get the rot gut taste out of my memory.

Was forced to try Double Black in the company of whiskey drinkers and what a revelation. That smoky, peaty almost mineral charred wood. The complex, beautiful lovechild of vanilla with Maple Syrup.

I ran away with the bottle..... And heresy be told just did a half and half with decaf coffee. I'm in love. I'm planning orgies that includes coffee, kahlua, Bailies and ground cinnamon.

Gotta go... There's a Scottish lynching party trying to break down my inn keeper's door!

15th June 2017

Black beats double black

plain black is much better
double black is more sedating

1st June 2017

30 5 2017

Iam satisfied

30th May 2017



28th April 2017

Prefer Johonny Walker Black.

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

Love in a bottle

Fabulous!!! My new favorite!

13th March 2017

My go-to scotch

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

good blend

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

Good taste


24th February 2017

Ok, but disappointing

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

Entry to Islay.

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

Smoking liquid gold

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

Did not like the smoky flavour

Not a big fan of the smoky whiskeys. The regular black is far better.

3rd October 2016

Superb taste

I have taken double black once. then onwards I am taking only double black.

17th August 2016

double nasty headache

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

Nilesh bhasme

It's good

9th August 2016

Best of the best

Cant get n good whisky down.
Just marvellous.

1st August 2016

Convincing. Waiting for Triple Black!

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

My first bottle of Johnnie Walker

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

Double Black

A rich tone with a well fashioned body of malt..keep walking !!!

30th April 2016



30th April 2016

Not so keen

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

Mycket god blend

Mycket god

15th April 2016


Job for the best

29th March 2016

Definitely a fan of this

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

I love it

My all friends love this whisky

5th March 2016

This is amazing!!

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

No thanks..

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

johnnie walker blund

I love it

22nd December 2015

Double bleuch!

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.....

22nd December 2015


Just marvellous

12th December 2015

Double Black = half as good

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

Not double good

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

Better Second Time Round

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 good

Very smooth, nice smoke from nose to finish

31st October 2015

Smoother than black, richer than black cheaper than gold

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

Taste Matters

Awsome Taste,Pure Blended

26th September 2015

Prefer the Std Black Label

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

Creamy smoked pleasure

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

Twice as Black

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

I want to like this

- 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

Smoke that doesn't choke

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

Beauty in its own

Marvellous blend something very unique with smoothness & richness.

30th June 2015

Double Red

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

Double black

افضل من البلاك. الطعم سلس وحلو. لا تتردد تجربه

28th February 2015

G.D. Smy UE

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

Sajeevan george

Double black is great...Tks to JW

18th February 2015

Just as good as a single malt

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

Double black

great taste

1st February 2015

My favorite JW!

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

Good Scotch

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

Single Malt V Blended

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

Claver Ferns

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

My Mainstay

A definite must keep in the bar.
The best taste & value for the money.

6th December 2014

I'm no whiskey connoiseur, but?

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

Irene Cordina-Wilson

Just been given x2 1 litre bottles. This is such a palatable whisky, not to be mixed with anything, just alone!

29th October 2014

Pour me a double!

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

Mr.mitch aksoy

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

Not a Gyp or over charred - very good value for money blend

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

A gyp

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

Over Charred Casks

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

Very tasty

It's a nice compliment to the standard black label.

8th June 2014

Nothing like standard Black Label

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

The best there is for the price

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

JW Double Black Vs JW Black

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

интересней просто Блэка

аромат достаточный интенсивный, без сивушности, вкус и послевкусие с нотами Лагавулина-во как!

2nd May 2014

From a newbie's point of view

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

Love the smokiness

I always have double black as a regular drink. Love the smoky flavour. However, on a rather special day, I would still go with 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

Is there a much difference between Double Black & Regular Black?

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

once you go double black...

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

Lined it up with the Green Label

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

Double black label vs. green label

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

Interesting and satisfying.

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

Good drop.

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

Absolutely Not young and not overpriced

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

Young and overpriced

Only a shadow of the Black label, very young indeed. Worrying trend after discontinuation of the Green label.

4th June 2013

Not bad, but not a huge difference to regular black

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

A great blend

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

Favorite Johnny Walker label

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

How the ignorant learn....eventually

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

What a great surprise!!!

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

Simply the Best

I LOVE this whisky. I am admittedly new to whisky, and the Laphroag quarter cask beat me up. This dram is the PERFECT amount of peat and smoke with none of the "rubber" taste of Laphroag. I love it....

2nd May 2012

good blend

As Austen Powers would say I only really tried this for sh**s & Giggles.
I usually favour a higher strength single malt, but thought lets try it at 40% and see hat its like.

There is little i would add to the notes already listed by MOM, they seem rather conclusive and exhaustive; really BBQ sauce?! Really?! :P

For me this whisky might actually fill quite an important if not bizarre niche; to become my regular accompanying dram whilst i play COD online!

Alas my trusted Talisker 10 may finally be retired from this honourable charge.

All, in all i have to say it really isn't a bad whisky.
As much as i should, i cannot compare it with too many blended whiskys for the simple reason i tend not to drink them, but as a stand alone drink it not bad.

My fave whisky so far this year though is the Bunnahabain 19 years (murrary McDavid bottling) thats fantastic!

16th January 2012

Very Impressive

My recommendation is always Johnnie Walker

25th December 2011

Dr.Glenn Worthington-Eyre

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

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