Ultimate Beverage Challenge 92 points - Complex savory aromas abound, not unlike a dry-aged steak. Also bacon fat, peat smoke and dried sage blend with stewed peach. On the palate it is rich and delicately honeyed with white pepper, campfire smoke and just the slightest hint of tropical fruit. Elegant finish. (Apr 2014)
Wine Enthusiast 92 points - This blended Scotch, ’matured in deep-charred old oak casks’Ě features intensely smoky aromas and flavors, although honey sweetness and mellow almond peek through. Golden in hue, with a silky feel. (Sep 2013)
Johnnie Walker Double Black is the newest addition to the Johnnie Walker family of Scotch whiskies. It was formerly only available in global duty-free shops, but itís just been released, for a limited time,
to the mass market.
Double Black starts with the Black Label template, and from there, it adds peatier malts and malts aged in heavily charred oak barrels Ė the result being a smokier dram than the original. And while the Black Label is aged for 12 years, Johnnie Walker Double Black carries no age statement.
On the nose, Double Black offers aromas of peat smoke, oak and dried fruits. Take a sip and notice more of that smoke, plus some pleasant tropical fruit notes, vanilla and spice. Itís quite drinkable, with an easy-going mouthfeel and a dry finish, but itís a bit heavy-handed on the oak, with lots of char coming through.
Johnnie Walker Double Black is certainly no substitute for peaty Islay whiskies like Laphroaig or Bowmore, but it should appeal to fans of Johnnie Walker whoíre looking for a whisky with some moderate peat smoke. Itís different enough from its Black Label cousin to warrant sampling, but not so different to alienate drinkers of the original.