Johnnie Walker Black Label Review

This is part of the core Johnnie Walker range of blends – it’s the next step up from the Red Label in terms of price. It’s a blend of around 40 whiskies that were each aged at least 12 years. It’s bottled at 40% ABV.

Nose: Subtle vanilla with dominant citrus notes – mainly lemon juice and tangerine. Some pastry dough notes emerge after a bit, but otherwise the citrus reins supreme here.

Palate: Strong tangerine up front turning into subtle oak and vanilla with orange rinds.

Finish: Fades quickly leaving only slight bitter orange peel and vanilla.

Rating: 72/100 – I can see why JW blends make for a lot of people’s first scotch/blends as they are cheap, and easily drinkable. It’s not bad necessarily, but for a non-beginner, there’s not much here to get excited about.

Value for the money: This typically retails for $30, so I can’t really complain about the price too much. It’s good for someone on a tight budget, or maybe for someone who wants to try an approachable/inoffensive blend.

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