Aged: 12 years
Product of: United Kingdom
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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.
Johnnie Walker was Sir Winston Churchill’s favourite Scotch and his 1932 oil painting ‘Bottlescape’ features a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 29/03/2013
Clear, deep golden amber with burnished golden highlights.
Elegantly rich and pleasantly smoky with butterscotch, crème caramel, vanilla and mandarin zest with oily nuttiness.
Big robust flavour with light peat smoke and faint saltiness set against slight honeyed sweetness, vanilla fudge/toffee and dried fruit/fruitcake.
Long, lingering elegantly salty peat smoke and toasty malt with sultanas and sherry.
Big, robust and sublime.