Johnnie Walker is a benchmark for the entire industry, and you should find out why.
Johnnie Walker is one of the most recognized Whisky names in the World. The brand was established in 1860 by John “Johnnie” Walker, when he started blending Whiskies from his grocery shop in Ayrshire, Scotland. During the Victorian Era, success came when his son Alexander exported around the British Empire, establishing the Whisky early as one of the first truly global brands.
Today, Johnnie Walker’s famous square-shaped bottle—with the label set at a jaunty 24 degrees—is THE most popular blended Whisky in the world, selling more than 130 million bottles per year in nearly every country on the planet across their wide range of ages, special editions, and finishes.
Johnny Walker Black is the benchmark premium blended Scotch Whisky by which all other are judged. They make a fairly wide range of blended Scotch identified by variously-colored labels, but they have built their reputation and marketing campaign on the famous “Black label” for years. The blends are individually balanced, often using dozens of different Whiskies, but each has its own signature character — a few stand-out ingredients to set it apart from the others. For the Black label, all forty Whiskies included are at least 12 years old, and the two stand-out single malts are Talisker and Caol Ila.
What does Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old taste like?
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Scotch Whisky is almost never aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation, while many times ageing process and flavor finishing is concluded in various wine casks, such as sherry or port.
JW Black gets a bad rap solely for being the next step up from JW Red. JW Red is truly a terrible whisky, but JW Black is a very pleasant, balanced 12 year blend, especially for the price. I generally enjoy far more complex whiskies, but this is a nice one to have around if you're looking for something smooth and predictable. Light smoke and wood on the palate gives way to a silky smooth fruit finish.
Don't let the haters steer you wrong. For the $30 range, this one is hard to beat. There are far better scotches out there, just not for the price.
My go to, daily whisky drink with a cube of ice. Consistent, well priced. Great flavor
Great for mixed drinks, Rob Roy, Old Fashioned
Among the best budget blended wiskey
Smooth, medicinal tasting
Before I had tried Johnny Walker Black, I assumed it would be a mundane whiskey because it is readily available and inexpensive. Boy, was I wrong. It has some nice vanilla, smoke and oak notes on the nose. On the palate, it has some nice spice and peaty flavors, which are some of my favorites with scotch. The more I drink JW Black, the more I like it!
Good for price
My go to blended scotch.
Smoke and nicely priced
Reliable, solid go-to.
Reliably very good.
The go to for the price
When I drank Scotch, my go to!
My scotch of choice in college, also my first exposure to smokey flavor.
Too much smoke
This is my go to Scotch. It's always good and what I've based pretty much everything else on. "Is it worth X as much as a bottle of Johnnie Black?"
Still distinctly Johnnie base with spice and citrus. Long finish. Step up from the red though
Not a big fan of Johnnie Walker Black, the smokey taste overpowers any whiskey flavor.
Good starter Scotch. Distinct Highland backnotes. Very strong burn.
I love the deep smoke flavor. Like smoked cheese.
Brought over by a friend. Fine for a standard issue whisky I suppose. Strong on the peat flavor for me, but a good example of what a scotch can taste like. I prefer my whisky more nuanced. I would not buy this given most any other option.
One of the few scotches I enjoy, very oaky with a little sweet that cuts the edge.
As smoky as they come! This is one of my go to good scotch wiskys.
A little too smoky but tasty nonetheless.
I’m going between 6 and 7 so maybe a 6.5 here. On the nose I am getting the smoked whisky along with some sour apple and pepper. Initially the leathery pine smoke hits the palate and develops into a vanilla oak spice. It lingers long on the palate like an English tobacco (Latakia and Turkish). Have to drink slowly to enjoy. Price point is average so no overall complaints.
Solid. This was my gateway Scotch way back in the early 90's. Very consistent. Goes great on the rocks. Big, bold flavor.
A good and well priced entry level scotch. Not something for special occasions, but an after work 2 dram a day bottle.
A representative, benchmark Scotch with everything you would expect - smoke, sweetness, a bit of a zesty/spicy finish - but not terribly more than that. I’d have liked a bit more complexity/character, but would definitely still drink again.
Rougher in taste
Hint of the Oak barrel, smooth no harsh bit. Very Good!
I was let down, it reminds me of a wine cooler. It lacks flavor, other then a smoky finish.
Hits the nose with smoky sweetness and Lemon zest,
Clear taste from the charred barrels and of both vanilla and toffee but a little light for my palate,
Finish with taste of more zest,
Solid working man's everyday scotch. Smooth enough to sip neat, powerful enough on the rocks...just a good versatile scotch.
Nose: sweet peat, some vanilla
Taste: balanced taste of smoke, vanilla, light butterscotch flavor, pleasant light sweet aftertaste
The “go to”.
Smoky taste wasn’t for me. I did detect a bit of caramel on the finish and it was very smooth.
love the smoky wood flavor that is so smooth
Very soft to the tongue. A nice feel as well
Better than the red label. But not a smooth as I prefer.
I absolutely despise Walker. All smoke, no flavor, feels like im licking the inside of a fire pit.
I bought Walker Black after i heard good things about the brand. I feel bamboozled.
Smooth deep and roasted. The scotch that got me into scotch/whiskey/bourbon. My gateway drink, if you will.
Harsh burn. Most prominent flavors are vanilla, apple, and spices, slightly smoky.
My go to scotch. Definitely Smokey with a slight bite and medium finish. My palate isn’t that refined yet but you get a little sweetness at the end. Just nice.
Looks like bourbon, tastes like scotch. Johnnie is at least a very consistent bottle to find in my state at almost every grocery store or liquor store. Won't break the bank, but won't blow you away. If you can't afford Blue and you can't find any more unique scotch, this exists.
Sorry, i'm just not a smoker.
I was always a single malt man until a late night in a bar with only Johnnie Walker black to represent their scotch line up. I've been in love ever since. I still prefer my Highland and Speyside single malts but this is a great blended grain scotch. The green label is delicious as well if you can find it.
A little too Smokey for my taste.
Not my favorite, but passable and inexpensive.
Smooth, peaty and easy! On ice.
I didn't like the past taste
I love it, it's smoky and smooth, does not disappoint
Just a great balance of malt and smoke.
It’s a good scotch for the price
I really enjoy the black but it has to be watered down a little. I mixed it with sprite once and it was delicious. I will get it again
One of the first scotch whiskeys I ever tried, still have a fondness for it. More neutral when compared to other Walker whiskies.
Truly terrible. No dimension, notes of lighter fluid...
Front of the shelf, all-purpose, classic. So good and so reasonably priced that it's easy to take for granted.
Good, very good Whisky for little money
Nice everyday choice when in the mood for peat.
Nice tasty blend. Accidently drank whole bottle while sitting on my backyard patio watching the sun go down.
Very smokey, from starting nose to the down the gullet finish
Love the peat!
I’m generally not a big fan of blended whiskys but this one is decent. Semi complex caramel flavors with a nice spicy finish.
It is an outstanding, rich, blended Scotch with a dense birth, complex life & long death!
Delicious in a glass with some ginger ale, my favorite whisky drink.
Smokey and easy to drink. A good scotch.
My go to scotch
The go to
This is my go to. Can't go wrong with a black label.
Great party drink.
I love but green is way much more smoother
Good everyday staple. Love the Smokey sweetness, neither of which is too overwhelming. Picked up on the smoke and Apple but the vanilla and caramel are evading me. Definitely getting the sweet undertones though.
smoother than the red but with more of sweet vanilla
A very nice flavored Scotch that has become a staple.
Normally I'm not a fan of blended Scotch, but this is my "everyday" Scotch. Reasonably priced but not cheap, goes down easy. Perfect for just kicking my feet up with a couple fingers of JWBL on the rocks.
This is my staple and favorite scotch of all time. My go to and preference. The BEST!
My go to scotch for a good price
I'm new to this game. So far JW black is my Fav.
Smokey, peaty, bit one dimensional and easy to drink.
My standard that I got to for a daily drink.
Amazing taste. Mixes well with anything. It’s the anytime drink.
medium smokey and oakey with a bite
It is a very good, robust, Blended Scotch with a long & zesty finish.
Smooth neat. Opens up with some water. Smoke and peat immediately up front. Taste sweetness and dark honey.
Serviceable house whisky. Smokier than I remembered. Good go to.
Not too off putting for those who are new to scotch and always a great taste.
Actually found this quite enjoyable. There seems to be some kind of imbalance on the palate. Plus it's too thin. I would purchase this if it was on sale for 30% off.
It's smooth, good caramel and vanilla flavors.
You get what you pay for
If you are looking for an every day whisky, this is a flagship and you will never go wrong
My go to, try and find a better scotch for cheaper... dose not exist
M standard drink
My go to for company
Smokey and sweet - honey
A good, solid, end of the week drink - plenty of ice to take the edge off...
Way overpriced even worse if you include shipping and handling
Flaviar price is high on this. At a local liquor store, it's a great value. Smooth with a superb oak finish. I'm a beginner to scotch, but this is the best I've had on my way up the charts.
My go-to beverage at any bar even my bar at home. Unique rich taste, smooth finish please only drink neat or with one cube to enjoy it completely.
Een stuk beter dan JW Rood. Prijsverschil meer dan waard
Delicious and cheap enough to regularly use in mix drinks, such as The Godfather
Makes the perfect gift
My go to on a budget. Never disappoints.
Delicious, but nothing compares to JW Blue Label.
Over priced for what it is. You can buy better whiskey/scotch for the same price or less. Better as in, smoother, flavor, and all around more enjoyable.
Was drunk. Don't really remember drinking this. I guess it was good, I ordered like five of them.
It is a good whisky for parties and celebrations.
Smooth oaky flavor.
There are smoother blended and single malts at the same price
There are many good single malts that can be had at the same price . I would never choose this over any of them.
Decent but doesn't compare to Oban
Just meh. Underwhelmed for a blended whiskey of this caliber but I'm admittedly not a blended Canadian whiskey guy.
In this price category this is a classic one, decent, always good with the smoke and aftertaste for just € 30 with a worthy end. I always say a perfect Poker whisky, even if your mind is far away, it's never bad. A day earlier I drank Dalmore 18 and in quality, depth and smoothness the BL is absolutely no match. BL is simple, but it has character and in my opinion you should always have a BL at home. And because I drank the Dalmore and BL within two days, I can say this: don't buy a whisky that is 3 or 4 times more expensive without tasting the differences.
Nosing is quite good at first. After the second taste it starts to get dull and too bitter. Nothing that makes me want to come back for more.
Excellent first scotch experience.
Smoother then Red Label
Kinda hard to go wrong with this. Solid, everyday sipper. But you already knew that...
I love this, it's my go to! Two fingers before bed!
Great bottle for during the week
Excellent for the price!
A decent blended scotch. I prefer single malts but this one does a decent job adding some variety to the daily drinkers.
A very good blend available all over the world. An easy go to when my favorite single malts are not available.
Not for me- tasted IMO very ''chemical'
Lekker voor tussendoor
Great with Coke
Great whisky for a great price. Second best blend right behind green.
For that price absolute good.
The staple drink of whisky drinkers; the first whisky drink for most people - this is an evergreen whisky that suits all occasions. Goes well with all kinds of soft drinks.