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Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old

It grows with you

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@jfpilonReview by @jfpilon

7th Apr 2011


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This is definitely my favorite blend. And honestly one of my top whisky as well. It was the first blend I truly enjoyed and is still my go to whisky in most less stocked bar. I even had the chance to participate in an official tasting with a band ambassador once where we explored the different single malt that comprised it.

I still remember my first nosing. To me, it was all about the smoke and the wood. But with some help, I was able to get some sweet white fruits. Now, I find that vanilla cake and barley sugar mixed with a wood smoke that is quite enticing.

The arrival is cool malt sweetness. Barley sugar for sure. Then a spiciness followed by vanilla. Sherry like notes comes after, Leaving on the tongue brings a far off echoe of salt and some nice iodine that evovles again in some slight floral fruitiness.

The finish is quite fruity: pear, soft pineapple. But with heather honey. And then the grain whisky becomes present. good grain. Old grain. But it evolves again: creamy soft milk chocolate. And a waxiness that lasts until the next sip.

Unbelievably well balanced, complex and generous.

Love it.

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drinix commented

Love your review! In my opinion the Johnnie Walker Black Label deserves more attentions. It's a very nice whisky, which can put up a fight (and often win) with most of the entry level malts. I sadly finished my bottle but still have a 20cl bottle of the Blue Label. I can only say that the enormous differnence in price does not reflect in taste. This one is a true bang for you buck.

9 years ago 0

jfpilon commented

I agree about the blue: my brother aranged a vertical tasting and yes the blue is good but not enough to justify the price.

But more attention? It's the #1 selling scotch in the world! I guess you meant within single malt snobs. Then, yes, maybe. Although most reviewer agree it's one of the best. With teacher's and ballantine's 17 yo. The latter is just so expensive where I live.

Have you tried té bheag? Great blend with good peat. Talisker seems to be part of it, just like jw black. I'll review it when I get the chance.

9 years ago 0

drinix commented

Yes that's what I meant...whithin malt aficionados and particularly within connosr members! I just think it's drinkability and value has not been highlighted enough on this website :). Anyway, never tried the té bheag, but I will as soon as I have the chance, especially if talisker is a component.

9 years ago 0

Hogshead commented

Green and Black are where it's at!

9 years ago 0

jerryclyde commented

I just finished my bottle of Black Label and was going to write a review, but after reading yours I really can't think of anything worthwhile to add. A spot on review! And a hell of a blended Scotch.

4 years ago 0

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