Johnnie Walker Double Black

70cl / 40%
  • Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Double Black
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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.

101 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    12 April

    This must be what the gods drink

  • 4
    18 January

    Doesn’t quite have the signature Black Label fire, really it's more smoke than flame, so lacking something. However, for folks who like it smoother and sweeter than the usual it’s a nice dram.

  • 4
    11 January

    Super

  • 5
    9 January

    Bought for my brother as a Christmas present. He liked it and was thrilled with the personalised label. The bottle arrived next day or the day after if I am not mistaken – as usual, the deliveries are always quicker then expected. Well done.

  • 2
    6 January

    The idea of a Double Black is clever and could have been brilliant if they had just stuck to the 12 year old formula with additional Caol Ila and Talisker bottled at 46%. But this offering is all about charred oak using some young and uninteresting basic whiskies. Clearly a much cheaper to produce alternative. Not good enough Diageo!

  • 1
    2 January

    Horrible nosing, awful palate - so thin. Just a hand full of smoke! Avoid.

  • 1
    25 December 2018

    Very strong smell and unpleasant lingering taste. I will stick to normal Black or Red I will never buy this again

  • 1
    20 December 2018

    If this was a car, it'd be a 1984 2.8i Ford Granada. Brutally designed and takes skill, experience and respect to master and enjoy. Love it to bits.

  • 4
    8 December 2018

    My first sip tasted like the inside of an ashtray. After that it improved as I got used to the shock of the tar. It's nice and smooth. I like it.

  • 5
    8 December 2018

    Great.

  • 4
    7 December 2018

    Really smooth. Strong smoke smell. My go to scotch.

  • 4
    7 November 2018

    Very enjoyable so far from a rookie Scotch drinker. However very similar to Johnnie Walker Black.

  • 2
    31 October 2018

    Highly charred casks produces wood smoke galore. Cloying sweetness is unpleasant and there is little else in the flavour department.

  • 5
    30 October 2018

    Bought for the first time. Very good. Very smooth. Enjoyed more than the higher priced single malts. Will definitely be buying again.

  • 5
    12 October 2018

    Bought as a 50th birthday gift for my brother. Delighted with personalised label and delivery very quick. Will definitely use the whisky exchange again.

  • 5
    2 October 2018

    I think this is a quite fabulous blended Scotch. Finished off my first bottle in such a short time that my girlfriend was almost getting a tad concerned. Highly underrated. Yes, there are likely some young whiskies in here, but the intensity is a very pleasant one, as is the sweetness and smokiness (which is not overdone at all IMO). Perhaps not as easy to drink as the regular black (and in fact so different from it that the two really don't have much to do with each other), but I could drink this all day (if that wasn't a fairly bad idea, of course). Have only tried it neat so far, and but I will try it with a few drops of water (don't see the point in adding ice here). I really can't think of a better blend for the money, and I also prefer this to many single malts that cost more. I did not expect that at all - in fact my expectations were fairly low. Two thumbs up. One of my favourites.

  • 5
    29 September 2018

    Simply superb

  • 5
    13 September 2018

    A very solid blended scotch, warming and smokey with complexity if you're willing to look for it. Citrus and apple are there along with honey and raisins. The finish is darker taking me back to bonfires with treacle toffee. Overall a wonderfully drinkable whisky and one I'm sure I will purchase again

  • 5
    2 September 2018

    Very smooth and smokey flavour – love it.

  • 4
    14 August 2018

    Was my fav blend until I had Green Label! JWDB is a fantastic whisky though and more flavour than Black Label. It's a bridge between the more pungent and powerful Islay monsters (which I love).

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