Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old

70cl / 40%
  • Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old
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Johnnie Walker Black Label's iconic square bottle makes it one of the world's most recognisable Scotch whiskies - and it's also one of whisky critic Jim Murray's favourite blends: 'If there is a silkier delivery on the market today, I have not seen it: this is sublime stuff...one of the world's most masterful whiskies back in all its complex glory'
Age
12 Year Old
Country
Scotland
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Yes

Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Nose: Rich dried fruits from the European oak sherry casks. 

    Palate: Hints of smooth creamy toffee linger on the tip of your tongue.

    Finish: A sophisticated, smoky finish - the signature of all Johnnie Walker blends.

  • Tasting Notes by Mark Gillespie, World Whiskies Awards 2012

    Nose: Soft and complex with touches of toasted oak, honey, coconut, and figs.

    Palate: Spicy with a nice allspice note on top and caramel syrup sweetness underneath.

    Finish: Hints of lemon-lime citrus develop later, and last through the long finish.

106 Customer Reviews

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  • 3
    3 days ago

    I have a sealed 2009 Black Label and bought a 2016 bottle last month, both duty free. On opening it, I did not get the familiar pleasing aroma associated with this Blend. I used a Glencairn glass, but the expected glorious nose was missing. It took about 9-10 minutes of patiently waiting for something to happen, when at last I got a whiff of honey-dried fruits and sherry. I swirled it around a bit in the glass and that was when I nosed some spices, faint smoke and a tinge of citrus. The palate was disappointing, to put it mildly. Yes, it was a bit treacly and smooth, but nothing else. The familiar Havana smoke was glaringly absent in the finish. I couldn't locate any Talisker or mild peat. I went down the road to the coffee shop and returned an hour later, opened my 2009 bottle! It took me back to the world of JW Black Label instantly. The present blend is a sad reflection of the depths JWBL and Red Label have fallen to.

  • 5
    8 days ago

    the best blend ever it's so consistent and reliable it will never let you down

  • 3
    14 June

    I was recently served this on a transatlantic flight and was impressed enough to pick up a bottle. The nose has pronounced wood, with honey, spice, some briny smoke and red apples. To taste, smooth, mild wood gives way to caramel, cocoa, and a slightly peppery finish. It's very good.

  • 4
    8 May

    Great blended, always a good go to for the price.

  • 5
    18 April

    Nose: Oak giving way to soft malt and wet peat with just a tiny puff of smoke Palate: Honey, wet peat, silky smooth malt then spice and fruit and back to peat Finish: Rye and more fruit fading away in a very thin haze of peat smoke then an incredibly tiny note of menthol and a little more smoke. This stuff is actually worth the price point, I was actually pretty nervous about buying a blend in the single malt price range but this really is a damn good whisky. I am very pleasantly surprised after a very dissatisfied with Red Label.

  • 3
    30 March

    For someone new to smoke/peat, this may be a good option to try it. This may also be a great whiskey for a first-timer, as this whiskey is very smooth, which means it won't burn off your tongue the first time. That being said; I've been drinking whiskies for 2 months now. In those 2 months I've had everything from The Glenlivet 12 to Highland Park 10 to Laphroaig QC. Johnnie Walker Black Label is a very watery whiskey. The nose is excellent and smells of oak, chocolate, salt and pepper, orange peel, red grapes and apples. The taste is by far the worst part of this dram... It tastes like water with a hint of oak, nutty creaminess, and spices. The finish isn't terrible, but definitely not anything great. More oak, peat and smoke on the finish... This would be something decent to have at a party or if there is nothing else to choose from. Otherwise, there are many, many other whiskies I'd rather purchase for the price. Johnnie Walker Black Label would be near the bottom of my list for this price point. Giving this one 3 stars, as it is "ok". Nothing great, but not exactly horrible. It being so smooth really helps.

  • 5
    20 March

    It took me forever to try this, partly because I thought 'it's so ubiquitous and also affordable; how good could it be?' Now I lament the lost years and misspent money. This has a pleasant, well-rounded, sweet/smoke balance and will be my go-to casual dram for as long as they keep this formula. 4.5 stars for taste but a solid 5 for value!

  • 2
    16 March

    Unpleasant saltiness which I put down to overdominant grain alcohol. I used to like this but now it lacks class.

  • 2
    5 March

    Better than Red label...but that's not saying much.

  • 4
    5 March

    Pleasantly surprised! Really enjoyed this scotch.. I normally like heavily peated malts (Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig being my favs) but thought this was a very smooth blend, slight smoke and fruits.. lovey whisky! if ever under ?25 (British) then grab a bottle and enjoy! Don't add any water or ice though as it will dilute all the flavour..

  • 5
    18 February

    A truly delicious dram with toasty smoked nutty notes with a fruity crossover. For a blended Scotch there is whisky little this doesn't offer those with discerning scotch taste.

  • 4
    31 January

    It's very tasty, smooth . I like it. Nice one.

  • 5
    18 January

    Black label..is a good whisky

  • 5
    14 January

    Unique flavour

  • 5
    6 January

    I've tested single malts like Cragganmore, Glenlivet, Singleton and they all stands after JW black for me. All of them smells good, but with poor taste. JW black is nice to drink

  • 5
    2 January

    Quality par excellence...

  • 4
    27 December 2016

    U can taste the talisker influence. Fantatsic.

  • 5
    21 December 2016

    the best blend ever it's consistent and available anywhere around the world. It's worth every dollar

  • 5
    18 December 2016

    Very nice.

  • 5
    15 December 2016

    Second only to Monkey Shoulder in my opinion. Very easy to drink, not peaty and not harsh (unlike red label). Highly recommended

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