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.

Featured in our Johnnie Walker Collection


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • 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 (

    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.

52 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    4 October

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • 4
    15 July

    I agree with Kevin in most parts. This is a masterfully crafted blend, but obvious weaknesses show up early. Johnny Walker do a big business, meaning they do compromises not the best whisky they could craft with their knowledge and considerable resources. That's the curse of 40 % volume blends.

  • 3
    1 July

    Fairly low viscosity. Oily with fairly slow running legs and thick beads. Nose is light initially, but peat smoke intensifies with time, orange and apple, tar, a bit licorice, background vanilla. Palate full bodied, a little briney, low level smoke, licorice, a hint of vanilla Finish, I agree with Billy A, medium length, gentle smoke, tar, a little spice As someone who doesn't drink blends usually, this is the one I would choose. I have rated it against malts, but if rating against blends I would give it 5

  • 5
    11 June

    Taste better in my opinion then blue , awesome

  • 5
    3 June

    High quality whisky . .blended softly with smooth taste. .contains that taste of old good quality of whisky . .highly made which make it the top whisky one would wish for.

  • 4
    17 May

    "Nose" (undiluted) Sophisticated but subtle. Kinda like Miles Davis using the mute on his trumpet early in his recording career. Sweet. Seaweed, iodine and fishing nets drying in the afternoon sun. Pinewood fires. "Palate" (undiluted) Smooth Lapsang souchong tea, sweet Ceylon black teas, pine needles and a smoking camp-fire at dusk. "Finish" (undiluted) Unmistakable Islay finish of wood smoke, Atlantic ocean salt, gingery green seaweed, and a subtle sherry warmth spreading across the chest. A feeling of heat and safety envelopes you. Great length of flavors on the finish.

  • 5
    25 April

    Amazing. Sweet enough, but still has a nice bite. My new favorite

  • 5
    21 February

    Absolutely outstanding. Was not aware that it was on the market until a friend introduced me to it. I have always been a scotch or vodka martini lover but after tasting this soooo smooth whiskey with a smokey aroma and taste, sorry vodka but you're taking a back seat for now. Also have bottles of green, blue and gold which I received as gifts. Nothing like having great friends. Johnny Walker....keep producing great products.

  • 4
    3 February

    Nice enough, with a richer flavour than I expected, but nothing exciting.

  • 4
    25 December 2015

    This is a real gem of a whiskey, I too think it starts of really good and ends a bit hard, but what whiskey does end with sugar and spice. Sit back take a wiff and a puff.

  • 3
    28 November 2015

    As a recent convert to JW Black (and Green) I was dying to try this as I love my smoky Islays. Pretty disappointing! Pretty crazy that this NAS costs more than the 12yo straight black, and I found it overall less rich and complex than JWB. Definitely a decent dram, but pales in comparison with the original JW Black, and cost more...

  • 3
    22 November 2015

    Better than I expected as I'm not a massive JW fan. This has a great initial taste and is smoky and smooth, it starts off like it's going to be a fantastic dram. But for me the end is too strange. The finishing taste isn't what you'd expect and it's not a nice surprise. It's the soft medicinal character that's in a Talisker or Laphroaig nose, that comes through in the after taste. And it's like a down turn from the initial taste.

  • 5
    17 October 2015

    Smooth scotch not too rough in the throat

  • 5
    6 September 2015

    Very Interesting.

  • 5
    4 July 2015

    Best Whsiky I?ve ever had!

  • 5
    3 July 2015

    Friend of mine went to the store, bought this cause it was on special. Decent price for a scotch around here. We cracked it. Slight smokey in the nose, no water no ice, too a sip and it''s beautiful. Smooth, easy going down. Brilliant scotch.

  • 5
    13 June 2015

    I bought this on a sale deal - bargain! I love this smokey blend. I only realised that that I already have a bottle when I got home... Oh well, all more reason to drink this then

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