Johnnie Walker Double Black

70cl / 40%
  • Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Double Black
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Customer Rating
An interesting twist on Johnnie Walker Black Label, Double Black was rolled out for general release in 2011 after a successful launch in travel retail. Double Black adds to the normal Black Label profile by including more Islay whisky and casks that have been heavily charred, giving a more intense flavour with a greater emphasis on smoke while keeping true to the sophisticated Johnnie Walker style.
Country
Scotland
Colouring
Yes

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • Apple Apple
  • Tar Tar
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Honey Honey
  • Oak Oak
  • Sultana Sultana

Johnnie Walker Double Black Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes by Billy A

    Nose: Fairly light but oily, with dry oak, honey and gently stony smoke.

    Palate: Fuller bodied than the nose suggests, moving from sweet smoke and floral honey to cracked stone, tar and old bonfires.

    Finish: Medium length, with soft smoke, woody spice and charred oak.

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Palate: The flavour is full bodied and complex with the signature Johnnie Walker peat smoke shining brightly through rich raisins and sultanas. Apples, pears and orange zest bring freshness while creamy vanilla and spice bring a softness and sweetness to the tongue.

    Finish: The long warming finish combines spicy oak tannins and lingering smoke.

  • Tasting Notes by Simon Difford (Diffordsguide.com)

    Appearance: Deep amber with bright gold flecks.

    Aroma: Flinty, orange blossom honey with a slight whiff of struck match and linseed oil.

    Taste: Starts sweet and quickly turns dry. At the beginning it’s honeyed with a touch of smoky bacon then dries with tar, hint of bonfire and charcoal, moving to honeycomb.

    Aftertaste: Smoky notes waft around the finish which has a touch of dried apple sprinkled with black pepper.

68 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    23 November

    It's damn good for the price. It's worth the money!

  • 4
    12 November

    First off...if you are saying this is better than Blue- you're nuts. Blue is blue, if you're a fan of blends there's not much that touches the complexity of blue. It's unfair to DB to compare the two. That being said double black may not have the complexity but DAMN does it have the smoke and an unreal sweetness that just works. I live in Canada- DB is hard to get a hold of, pretty much only get it at duty free shops. I got a 1L bottle as a gift from a duty free in Dominican. I can't stop drinking the stuff, it's the best blend in the price range and beats green, Johnnie 21 and even more expensive blends like Royal Salute. Props to Johnnie Walker for having multiple elite blends that fit in as a family AND stand alone as great individual offerings.

  • 5
    11 November

    Truly fantastic easy drinking and memorable for the keen but new to whisky.. a must try

  • 5
    2 November

    For a really smokey scotch like this it's so smooth , it's was my first scotch. it's above average ,well balanced ; as it's smokey as it's sweet and woody , it's too strong for any cocktail it's for drinking in peace and relaxing.

  • 5
    26 October

    Slightly smoey, but very delightful.

  • 5
    14 September

    Really strong smokey flavour but very smooth, for the price it's a great whiskey, too good to drink with mixers, it should be neat or on ice

  • 5
    9 September

    Smoky.

  • 4
    21 August

    Good whisky but I prefer JWB to this.

  • 5
    26 June

    Liked it. Worth it's price.

  • 4
    15 June

    The nose is superb: peat and smoke hover over aromas of orange, wood and ginger. It's the smell of a beach bonfire the morning after - superb. To taste, smokey peat mingles nicely with honey and caramel notes, a touch of spice appears to usher in the long, persistent finish. The mouthfeel is luxuriously smooth and beautifully integrated. I bought this on a bit of a whim - what a surprise! It's far, far better than I anticipated. It noses and tastes far better than the stated 40% abv. This vanquishes several single malts in the same price range - excellent!

  • 3
    3 June

    Superb. Talisker on Lapsang Souchan steroids.

  • 4
    4 May

    Retirement gift from a good friend. Now he's a better friend! Smoky- smooth finish. Couple melting rocks with a good splash has me melting into my comfy chair. with a grin.

  • 5
    14 April

    Lovely daily whiskey, interesting and very smooth combination of sweet and smoke. Rivals Talisker Storm at a more affordable price. In a phrase, very nice to come home to at the end of the day.

  • 5
    18 November 2016

    Bought a bottle few days ago beautiful taste is amazing not to strong not to sharp just right will be buying again I think it's better then red label

  • 5
    16 November 2016

    Excellent stuff. This has much better mouth feel than most single malts in the $40-70 range. Not saying it's as complex, but the mouth feel is sublime. I'd get it again without hesitation. An easy going delight!

  • 4
    23 October 2016

    As someone who typically only moves to whisky after a few beers (i.e. It a connoisseur by any stretch) I think this is great. It has a welcoming initial sweetness and the smokey finish is very subtle. Smooth and easy for an amateur like me.

  • 5
    4 October 2016

    Usually do single malts. My mate had this at a party so I bludged a couple of drinks off him. All I can say is yum ?? Please when comparing this whiskey compare with others in the price range.

  • 3
    20 September 2016

    After sipping my way through a couple of bottles, I think I'm done with this one. Good but not great. Teachers is rougher, but more satisfying. Regular JWB is more complex and interesting.

  • 3
    9 September 2016

    I got this one from the supermarket because it was discounted, and (as a mostly single malt drinker), I was curious because it's advertised as being "smoky" and got some favorable reviews as one of the better offerings in the Johnnie Walker range. I found this one rather sweet, caramelly and with just a hint of smoke and that syruppy grain whisky flavor that's typical for a blend. Far off in the distance, I thought I could recognize some Talisker, but perhaps that is because I already know it's one of the main components of this blend. All in all I found it rather unoffensive and palatable but also very light and lacking in real flavor and depth. Some would label this as "smooth" and consider it a good thing, but it's not really what I am looking for in a whisky. For an experienced whisky drinker, I would not recommend this. At this price point there are much better single malts, like Talisker 10 or Laphroaig 10. If you're new to whisky, I'd at least recommend this over bottom shelf blends like Johnnie Walker Red.

  • 5
    23 July 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, ? mon go?t. No such thing here, smell and taste are well-balanced all along the experience, even though a little more length and less intensity would have greatly emphasised the finish.

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