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Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old

An Every Day Dram

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@VolksReview by @Volks

24th Jan 2013


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Johnnie Walker, the most recognised and most popular whisky brand in the world. This is the Black Label, the 12 year old. One step up (in terms of price) than the entry level malt, Red Label. This goes for around 50AUD.

  • Nose: sweet toffee hits you then goes, quite sharp, citrus fruits, definitely some peat and smoke, and some foost. With water fruitier spicier and sweeter

  • Pallet: honey, BBQ smoke, a dash more peat, some salt, wood sap, then some sweetness, just light fruit, a bit of nuttiness, brown butter. With water nut is more prominent, again it is sweeter, but the peat and smoke put up more of a fight, that’s good.

  • Finish: that little bit of foost comes back, bit dry, very savoury finish. With water more interplay of flavours, peat and smoke last better, some of the fruit notes linger around to give balance to the finish.

  • Mark – neat 7.8, with water 8.3

This blend requires taking your time and (i think) a little water, i added 2 teaspoons and it was significantly more balanced, the nose wasnt as good but the rest was better. Its good good, easy drinking, dare i say it, every day blended scotch whisky. Good value and some interesting flavours. Solid all round

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