Price – 750 ml – 42.99 (local)
Method – Two Ice Cubes*
Rating – 88-100
As someone who isn’t a huge fan of the standard Johnnie Walker – Black Label, I was understandably cautious when purchasing a bottle of the Double Black. I always found Black Label a bit too smokey and the finish a bit too harsh, and since Black Label is the standard fair for Johnnie Walker, I was admittedly a little turned off by the brand. Thank God I looked past that prejudiced and bought the bottle of Double Black. The glass was decidedly less harsh, and while the smoky quality was still very present throughout the glass, once the ice melted a bit, and the alcohol truly opened up, it was an enjoyable experience to be certain.
The box is actually a good looking accent piece when sitting next to the original box. The wood grain makes it pop rather well, and once you pull out the bottle and see the smoked glass it sets it apart from the traditional Black Label in only good ways.
The burn at the outset is pretty bold, however the finish is where this whiskey really shines. It wouldn’t be a black label without that signature smoke on the follow through, however the smoke is mellowed by a heavy wood flavor that fills your whole mouth rather beautifully. JW does label this a limited release, but I cant think that after the whiskey community gets a taste of this exceptional dram, that they will allow anything short of a regular spot in the JW lineup. Overall I rate the experience pretty high, I would buy another bottle where I wouldn’t buy another bottle of regular Black Label, and would recommend it to anyone who either loves or hates the original.
*note. All methods reflect two fingers of alcohol in a standard 8 oz. rocks glass
Official Website: http://www.johnniewalker.com/en-us/doubleblackblend/
Taking cues from the unparalleled flavors of Johnnie Walker Black Label, Master Blender Jim Beveridge struck out to craft a blend that would take the intensity of Black to unexplored territory. He started on Scotland’s vast shores, rediscovering the powerful west coast and subtle east coast scotches integral to today’s world-renowned Black Label.
After hand-selecting a number of whiskies defined by hints of smoldering charcoal, crisp ash and burnt timber, we barreled our blend to mature in deep-charred old oak casks. The result is an unquestionably smokier, more intense experience, but with deep, dark roots in a rich blend that changed the world: Johnnie Walker Black Label. Simply put, it is Black, amplified.