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Johnnie Walk Double Black

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dReview by @drteeth

18th Mar 2012


Johnnie Walk Double Black
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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I picked up this bottle at the airport about a year ago for about 30 euros for a liter bottle. It was introduced as a more smoky counterpart to Johnnie Walker's core black label.

In general, I think that this is a good, but not great, whisky. It is very sippable (and good value for money), but lacks character in any dimension. Hence the title: while it does not lack significantly in any aspect, it never gets really interesting. Anyway, on to the review.

Color: light amber.

Legs: slow, short tears.

Nose: the first impression is raw alcohol; not very comfortable. After a couple of sniffs some nice smoke appears; mouthwatering. Maybe some fruit, but difficult to identify. Melon?

Palate: the whisky starts light and balanced, with some sweetness. Some spice kicks in after about ten seconds, and the mouthful gets oily and nicely chewable. Some oak creeps in too.

Finish: some peat, lots of oak. There is some spice in the mix too. Some wetness while the smoke disappears quickly and the oak goes on to make an enjoyable, lingering finish.

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