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Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old

Peated Old Rum

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@mystycreekReview by @mystycreek

2nd May 2017


  • Nose
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I was tasting some miniatures with my younger brother a few days ago, we were sharing some ideas and my brother said he doesn't get that why everybody is drinking Johnnie Walker and it's overrated. So I opened a JW Black miniature from the 90s and gave it a chance to speak for itself.

This miniature is JW Black Extra Special, bottled at 43% and it's a plastic bottle.

Nose: Big, sweet and slightly smoky. Coffee beans, caramel, plum and sugarcane.

Palate: Quite thick, a lot of sherry and wine cask flavors. Plum, cinnamon, peat, leather and sea salt.

Finish: Cream brulee, licorice, earth and dark chocolate. Slightly bitter in the end.

Balance: Very subtle, would have guessed double the age if tasted blind. Very ripe sherry and wine cask flavors, with some peat and smoke hidden in the background. Almost perfect.

Thoughts: What a great blend. Imagine Ron Zacapa aged for 20+ years with Talisker's peat and smoke. If only every JW Black tastes like this nowadays.

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Nozinan commented

And that's the thing... it's nothing like that now...

4 years ago 0

Ol_Jas commented

Maybe thanks in part to O(P)BE?

4 years ago 0

Alexsweden commented

Thank you for the review. I've only had the red, not a favorite...

4 years ago 0

mystycreek commented

@Nozinan JW Black today tastes way too grainy, the peat and smoke are barely sensible and the big sherry and wine flavors are gone. What a loss.

4 years ago 0

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