The Whisky Exchange
Aged: No age statement
Product of: United Kingdom
According to Diageo, "The Johnnie Walker Double Black blend is created using peaty West Coast whiskies to particularly emphasise the smoky elements that have made Johnnie Walker Whiskies famous.”
Launched in global travel retail in January 2010, Johnnie Walker Double Black retails at a price premium to Johnnie Walker Black Label but does not have an age statement. It shares the same square bottle and slanting label but with smoky grey coloured glass bottle to reflect its smoky flavour.
In 1820, John Walker, the son of an Ayrshire farmer, established the family grocer’s business at the age of fifteen in Kilmarnock and began selling Scotch whisky. His son, Alexander, joined the business a year before his father died in 1857, and by the time his sons joined the business, it was no longer a grocers, but a firm of whisky merchants.
John Walker’s grandsons patented the name Johnnie Walker in 1908 and launched a White Label, Special Red Label and Extra Special Black label whisky. The white was dropped, but the red and black in their easily recognisable square bottles with the ‘striding dandy’ became internationally successful blends.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 16/11/2011
Deep amber with bright gold flecks.
Flinty, orange blossom honey with a slight whiff of struck match and linseed oil.
Starts sweet and quickly turns dry. At the beginning it’s honeyed with a touch of smoky bacon then dries with tar, hint of bonfire and charcoal, moving to honeycomb.
Smoky notes waft around the finish which has a touch of dried apple sprinkled with black pepper.