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Johnnie Walker Double Black

Johnnie Walker Double Black
Johnnie Walker Double Black

Tasting Date: 2020-12-11

Region: Scotch whisky

Type: Blended – Strongly influenced by powerful West Coast and Island whiskies

Age Statement: NAS

Size: 50ml

ABV: 40% ABV

Cask Type: Matured in heavily charred oak casks

Distiller: The Cardhu Distillery is listed as the home of Johnnie Walker by the Malt Whisky Trail

Location: Nestled in the Knockando hills, near Archiestown, Moray, Scotland

Bottler: Diageo plants in Leven, Fife and Shieldhall, Glasgow

Purchase Location: Econo Liquor 4313 167 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5Y 3Y2

Purchase Date: 2020-12-08

Cost: $44.95 including GST & Deposit (for the Discover Collection)

Tasting Notes From The Johnnie Walker Website:

NOSE: Take in the delicious scent of sweet smoke and cloves.
PALATE: Relish the unmistakably peaty taste – rich with raisins, fresh apples and a tropical orange flavour combined with creamy vanilla.
FINISH: Evolving to a wonderfully long, warming finish. The smoldering spice from oak-aged casks makes for a powerful and lingering smokiness.

Johnnie Walker Discover Collection
Johnnie Walker Discover Collection

Colour: Straw to copper

TransparentSmoke Review: This is the first time I have had this whisky. I don’t know why I have waited so long to try it. The smoke and peat open this dram up and their addition surprised me turning the Johnnie Wlaker Black Label base into something special. I have to honestly say I was hoping that the rest of the line-up was going to go further in this direction. I had not at the time of tasting, tried Johnnie Walker Aged 18 year or Johnnie Walker Blue label yet, so I had a couple of reasons to be hopeful.

It is said that they start with the exact same whisky as Johnnie Walker Black label and then “add more”. Point of note is that the labelling loses it’s 12 year age statement in the process. It also loses its’ Speyside regional designation and most sites are now calling it a Islay whisky.

Each Johnnie Walker held it’s own charm, but I was impressed that Johnnie Walker Double Black was my second favourite. I need to get a bottle of this of everyday sipping.

Johnnie Walker Discover Collection Tasting Results:
Johnnie Walker Black Label – 81/100
Johnnie Walker Double Black – 88/100
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve – 77/100
Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years – 78/100
Johnnie Walker Blue Label – 89/100

Our Score: 88/100

Bottles on Hand: Empty bottle - we have run out!