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Johnnie Walker Black Label

Johnnie Walker Black label

Tasting Date: 2020-12-11

Region: Scotch whisky – Speyside

Type: Blended – made with whisky from the distilleries of Cardhu and Glendullan at its heart

Age Statement: 12 Years

Size: 50ml

ABV: 40% ABV

Cask Type: Aged in oak casks no bigger than 700 litres

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 luxurious scent of rich and tropical dark fruits with hints of sweet vanilla.
PALATE: Savour the depth of flavour developed from maturation in oak casks, combined with creamy toffee notes that come from grain whiskies.
FINISH: This iconic whisky delivers a smooth and warming smoke finish, characteristic of all Johnnie Walker whiskies.

Johnnie Walker Discover Collection
Johnnie Walker Discover Collection

Colour: Straw

TransparentSmoke Review: This is the whisky my Grandma used to drink… Literally! She made earl grey tea with a shot of Johnnie Walker Black Label, a teaspoon of lemon and a spoonful of honey. I still buy Johnnie Walker Black Label in 1.75 litre bottles for that exact same purpose.

Doing the research for this post it surprised me I had never made the Cardhu connection before. I guess I find it surprising that Cardhu is a major part of Johnnie Walker Black Label because I love Cardhu. and, other than the hot toddies, I didn’t have a very high opinion of Johnnie Walker Black Label.

I’m not sure if it was the “blended” connotation or if maybe it is so integrated with American culture I subconsciously thought it wasn’t a true scotch. But I never gave it a chance until I sat down with this discover pack just before X-mas.

Johnnie Walker in American Advertising

Each Johnnie Walker held it’s own charm, but I was most impressed that Johnnie Walker Black Label was my third favourite and a surprise to me how high I rated it drinking it neat.

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: 81/100

Bottles on Hand: Open bottle on hand