Johnnie Walker Black Label Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Johnnie Walker Black Label

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  • Distiller:

    Various

  • Bottler:

    Johnnie Walker

  • ABV:

    43%

  • Age:

    12 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: All in all, Black Label remains an entirely enjoyable whiskey. It isn’t likely to be anyone’s favorite, but just about anyone can enjoy it, and it still serves as an excellent baby step for those interested in tiptoeing into peated whisky.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The taste is complex and amazingly smooth with a clear smokiness, but also showing subtle hints of fruits and a slight tartness. The finish is creamy, long, and smooth.
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  • Raided Score: 84
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The Black Label is definitely known as the peated Johnnie, but what people don't discuss much are all the other goodies in the stocking.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Overall it’s not bad. It’s not the world’s greatest blended Scotch and for me it’s not a daily drinker, but it’s pretty good.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: It's inexpensive, surprisingly high quality and represents itself very well as a nice, mildly smoky dram.
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  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: While this is far from being my favorite whisky, the fact of the matter is that a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label has the tendency to empty more quickly than virtually any other single bottle of whisky in my possession.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: Conspicuously iconic, and the closest thing you will find to a complete whisky at this price.
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  • Intro:

    This is the ubiquitous Johnnie Walker Black Label, a 12 year old blend of various distilleries bottled by Johnnie Walker of Diageo.

  • Nose:

    Smoke, malty honey. Some oak and a bit of leather sweetness. Mild salt but mostly caramel and smoke. Inoffensive and welcoming.

  • Taste:

    Malty and smokey. Some honey and vanilla, but just barely. Generally inoffensive and smooth. I hate using the word smooth but theres no better word here. Its smooth and nothing in particular sticks out too much. Kind of boring but really not too bad.

  • Finish:

    Medium, a little prickly and smokey and then its off to another store near you. Doesnt stick around for very long.

  • Overall:

    For the brand that everyone loves to hate, Johnnie Walker isnt bad. Its inexpensive, surprisingly high quality and represents itself very well as a nice, mildly smoky dram.

  • Score:

    5

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