Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky

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alc./vol: 40%

Proof: 80°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: 12 years

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

Introduced in 1909, Johnnie Walker Black contains some 40 single malts including Talisker, Cardhu, Lagavulin and a high proportion of Islay malts. Originally called 'Extra Special Old Highland Whisky', the name was changed to 'Black Label' in 1909 due to customers ordering by the colour of the label

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.

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.

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Product Information

Barcode UPC: 5000267024806
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Screw / Stelvin cap

More about Johnnie Walker Black Label

Produced by: Johnnie Walker & Sons
Owned by: Diageo plc
UK distribution by: Diageo Great Britain

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