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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old Reviews

    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old 79
    Based on 33 reviews.
    Rated on a scale of 50 to 99
    Distillery
    Johnnie Walker
    Style
    Blended
    Release
    Unspecified
    Age
    12 Years
    Alcohol
    40% abv.
    Region
    Scotland
    Bottled For
    Distillery

    The award winning Johnnie Walker Black Label remains as rich and smooth today as it was when Johnnie Walker's son and grandson were master blenders. It's been called "the Savoy, the Everest of deluxe whiskies" and outsells every other product in its category. That it has stood the test of time is a testament to the skills and determination of the Walker family and those who have inherited it's custodianship since.

    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by The Seeker

    6750/99
    Color
    Golden burnt orange.
    Nose
    Smokey and peaty but not in a way that's as alluring as the Islay single malts it's mimicking. A little toffee but not much in the way of fruit.
    Body
    Medium bodied. Nice oily legs.
    Palate
    Not enough smoke and peat to mark it out against the Islays, not enough fruit and sweetness to counteract the aforementioned. Jim Murray says it's delivery is the smoothest. I think it delivers something less than special with a rather unremarkable flavour profile.
    Finish
    Substantial in length but not as pleasant as it's reputation suggests.

    I very much looked forward to JW Black Label but found it's mix of flavours to be rather bland. It has too little peat and smoke to dominate proceedings and too little fruit to balance it. I can see how some like it but for me it's so run of the mill that it offers nothing to make it stand out. I find it tastes very similar to Black Grouse and for far less you can get Grants Family Reserve, a far more well rounded, better value blend in my mind.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by ChadDavis

    8250/99
    Color
    amber, even if its colored.
    Nose
    butter, cotton, menthol, mild peat, camphor.
    Body
    Thin legs that are slow to appear. It looks young, but its a 12 year old blend. Perhaps the thinness is owing to the grain content, I don't know. It doesn't feel overly thin or astringent in the mouth. It feels like so many other 12 year olds, Talisker, Glenlivet to name a couple.
    Palate
    It doesn't taste like Glenlivet, though. It has a mild oily taste along with a caramel sweet note, mild white pepper and sour mix. There is only a little peat present and it is reminiscent of Talisker.
    Finish
    Short and warm, with a tendency towards slight bitterness that lasts a few seconds. It remains in the mouth for several seconds after one swallows it, like the salty ghost of an Islay winter.

    Not bad at all. Too pricey for what it is but a good blend if one ignores the poor value. This is a standard expression at 40% ABV. Its balanced, smooth and easy to drink, not challenging at all. I think this whisky is overrated, in that it is wildly popular with the masses an ever present in bars. People who don't know much about Scotch often default to it because of its familiarity and popularity with celebrities. It is also underrated, because Scotch snobs, thumb our noses at the rank blend that the masses drink. I have to say that once one has developed a decent palate for Scotch, Johnnie Walker Black tastes just fine. There are no glaring errors here. It is a consistent and complicated blend, with a bit of sophistication. Now then, it comes from good single malts. No one knows what exactly they are, but Diageo, the company that owns Johnnie Walker, owns many high profile distilleries. Like the Green Label, I suppose that Talisker and Cragganmore figure prominently. "The Mystery," Caol Ila, does not seem to be present. This and the fact that there are lots of whiskies here, the majority of which are grain whiskies, are the major difference between the Black and the Green Labels. This whiskydates back to 1857 and has been called "Black label" since 1909. Johnnie Walker may be discontinuing their fine Green Label and Mediocre Gold Label, But the Johnnie Walker Black Label is an iconic Scotch that will be with us for years to come.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9250/99
    Color
    Tabac
    Nose
    Pleasant smoke, fruit, vanilla
    Body
    Full bodied, enveloping
    Palate
    smoke that is well balanced by cherry, caramel and vanilla
    Finish
    sweet smoke that just lingers

    Amazing for mass produced blend

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Mrpaulyb

    7350/99
    Color
    Artificial +10
    Nose
    Smokey, butterscotch, sweet, flint, light quality grain and malt
    Body
    Medium thick viscosity, velvety
    Palate
    A great balance of smooth butterscotch flavours mixed with the smoke and freshness of the grain spirit
    Finish
    Gentle smoke, inhibited slightly by the huge quantity of E150A used in this but to supermarket sweepers that deep brown is oh so important. Shame

    A pleasant surprise, very accessible all round easy to drink.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Travis

    7850/99
    Color
    Dark gold, copper
    Nose
    Nice balance, maple syrup, a little malty as well
    Body
    Medium
    Palate
    Smooth, balanced, nothing too exciting, but beats any other major brand blend.
    Finish
    Short, but enjoyable

    Good blend

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8550/99
    Color
    Gold
    Nose
    lemon-orange ,chocolate, smokey, some peat
    Body
    slightly oily
    Palate
    smokey, slight bittersweet, with a good balance, not to overpowering, not too weak.
    Finish
    slight smokey, not too strong, not too weak.

    JW Black is excellent stuff! This is well balanced, leaning towards more west coast flavors like Talisker.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    6050/99
    Color
    amber like
    Nose
    smoke
    Body
    medium
    Palate
    plain and unexciting
    Finish
    short

    DISAPPOINTED, I expected so much more since all the good reviews

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8050/99
    Color
    amber
    Nose
    rubbing alcohol and fruit
    Body
    medium and slightly oily
    Palate
    salty with just a little bitterness
    Finish
    middle of the road, not offensive in any way

    safest and most consistent common blend available. very good, better than most cheaper single malts. it would be hard to say something bad about this blend

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Pick

    7950/99
    Color
    Dark Smoky Amber
    Nose
    Fairly complex... I don't sense any smoke, but there's a hint of sweetness along with some hospital and freshly washed linen.
    Body
    Light to medium
    Palate
    This one is difficult... I feel like it's hiding something. It took me almost a full bottle to get to the point where I really enjoy it, but once there it's complex... with fruit, nuts, flowers, which could be described as the freshly washed linen I mentioned above. It is a pleasant Whisky.
    Finish
    Not too short... but definitely not a what I would call a long finish.

    Although not quite as smooth as Blue label... it's still impressive, and a much better value (a gave them the same rating), there's an ever so slight possibility my affection for this one is actually higher than the Blue. I could drink this one every day, but there are better ones out there... at the same time, this is one of the ones that should be around most of the time. It's also versatile (and most importantly cheap) enough to be used as a mixer if you run out of Bourbon :)

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9950/99
    Color
    I'm colorblind, I don't know.
    Nose
    Smells smoky, with a little hint of something sweet, that I can't identify, maybe it is orange peel.
    Body
    Smooth, is the first word that always comes to mind.
    Palate
    I always sip my whisky, and I enjoy the way Black Lable lands on my tongue, then quickly fills my mouth, then the slight burn going down.
    Finish
    I would call it warm and tingly, or a slight burn. I think it is wonderful.

    I have bought all the Johnny Walker whisky's. And my favorite by far is Black Lable regardless of price. Red Lable is a little harsh for me, Green lable is just tastes wierd, Blue Lable is good, but again, just doesn't taste quite right to me. But Black lable is PERFECT! I always drink it strait, and wouldn't advise mixing it with anything.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Burks

    8050/99
    Color
    Honey
    Nose
    Vanilla. Smoke. Sweetness.
    Body
    Smooth
    Palate
    Vanilla with hints of fruit and smoke
    Finish
    Warm, no burn. Medium length

    My first whiskey in the above $50 range. Big difference between this and bottom shelf. I won't look back, this is a good sipping whiskey. Wouldn't waste it on a mixer (use red label for that).

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8550/99
    Color
    e150
    Nose
    sweet peat, malt
    Body
    light
    Palate
    malty peat, honey, sweet jalapenos, salt, creamy brown sugar
    Finish
    mild peat but fades quickly

    great intro to scotch from irish, canadian, or american whiskey ... while it is a blend, it hides the grain whisky well and is very enjoyable, even though it lacks a finish

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Archibald

    7650/99
    Color
    Honey
    Nose
    Smoke, Fruits, Oak, some Rasin, and Honey.
    Body
    Smooth but a little watery.
    Palate
    Oak, ginger, mild fruit, flowers, very little malt.
    Finish
    Medium length that is warm and spicy.

    My go to Blend due to the availability of it at most bars and stores. Much better than the Red Label.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8550/99
    Color
    Hazy amber
    Nose
    Malty and sweet, caramel, dried fruits, bit of fresh cut wood
    Body
    Medium and oily
    Palate
    Sweet and mildly smokey, dried fruit and leather
    Finish
    Medium length, spicy oak, tobacco, black olives

    This is a pretty darn good whiskey. For the price it is nothing short of exceptional. Probably one of the most complex wiskeys in its price range. This whiskey is widely available making it a great everyday drinker. Definitely a must try.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by ApexAce

    8550/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    earthy,spice,smoke,wood,fruit
    Body
    well bodied, quite smooth, somewhat light
    Palate
    Spicy,some smoke,oak,peat
    Finish
    mild finish, nice warmth,has it's own character,lingering taste but is mellow, smokey and slightly fruity

    A fairly decent scotch blend, alot better than the Red label, smooth and has a nice taste. Good whiskey blend to begin with.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by El Capitan

    8550/99
    Color
    Deep amber. You can see the love
    Nose
    Nice smokeyness you can sniff for hours, light oak
    Body
    Heavy like your favorite gravy
    Palate
    perfection in every single way. If you don't like this your stupid, get off this sight and review seltzers water instead because your a freak
    Finish
    Its heavyness leaves a l-o-n-g finish. Not a single problem

    The greatess man-made substance in the history of humankind! Anyone tells you to only get the blue,green, or gold; do yourself a favor and distance yourself from them. Their much to fussy. This is perfection.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    6550/99
    Color
    Beautiful amber.
    Nose
    Silver tequila with underlying vanilla.
    Body
    Medium.
    Palate
    Light smoke. Not a whole lot going on.
    Finish
    Short and warm.

    Decent blend, but hardly anything to write home about.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Dark Corner Poteen

    7050/99
    Color
    dk honey amber
    Nose
    smoke,oak,vanilla
    Body
    thin smoke
    Palate
    watered down smoke and oak
    Finish
    warm quick finish

    expected a lot more after reading other reviews.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by AdmTom

    9650/99
    Color
    Can a whisky look smokey? This one does. Deep gold, almost brownish.
    Nose
    Smokey maltiness.
    Body
    Fairly thin and smooth, but coats well and seems to expand when it hits your tounge.
    Palate
    This blend has a very complex flavor profile to me. It almost moves East to West across Scotland. The instant it hits your tounge it is very light and sweet like many Speysiders. It then moves to more complex floral notes, reminding me of the Highland malts I've tasted. It finishes as a mild Islay, with noticable smokiness and a reminder that you're drinking serious stuff.
    Finish
    Long, smoky finish. A mix of Highland and Islay influence, with lingering earthiness and mild peat/smoke.

    Every time I try JW Black I love it more. At its price point it simply can't be beat, even by a single malt. The flavor profile of JW Black is amazing for a whisky that retails for under $30 USD. It has the most distinctive smokiness of any whisky I've tried, blend or single malt. There isn't a lot of peat in JW Black, but the smoke is big, but smooth. One of my absolute favorites.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    pale amber
    Nose
    Hospital smell
    Body
    NyQuil
    Palate
    Mentholatim mixed with whiskey.
    Finish
    The medicine taste lasts 20 seconds or longer.

    Tasted like cough syrup.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Sideburns

    8550/99
    Color
    Caramel. I wonder if it's natural.
    Nose
    Some vanilla and oak. A little smoke.
    Body
    Medium body. Not syrupy.
    Palate
    Peppery. Reminds me a bit of Talisker. As it goes down, I can sense a bit of raisin and vanilla. Also a bit of smoke/peat. I like the dryness (again). I'm grateful that it's not too sweet.
    Finish
    Medium finish. The pepper and malt lingers for a short while.

    So I'm doing JW Black right now. Not bad really. I wish it was peatier. I can taste Talisker. That peppery character. I like the dryness. Just more peat and I wouldn't drink anything else. It's a good "go to" dram. I'll drink this to prep for my Islays. Affordable.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Eye-lah Guy

    8550/99
    Color
    Medium to dark amber
    Nose
    Lively with hints of mixed fruit
    Body
    Medium
    Palate
    A bolt of fine grains, light oak, bananna almond, then oak char this particular tasting; somehow, this all balances out, becasue the master distiller knows his craft.
    Finish
    Long, warm, with heavier grains and sweet malt. Excellent dram for the money.

    A go to blend of 40 whiskeys; complex and exciting, with multiple required tastings. It's $10 less than some single malts and in many ways, on par.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Raybin

    7050/99
    Color
    amber
    Nose
    musty
    Finish
    finish leaves a "rust" taste

    not my favorite, not really a Scotch fan

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    7950/99
    Color
    Dark amber
    Nose
    Grass cuttings and nutshells from Talisker, ditto the raisiny fruitiness that increases as the dram settles.
    Body
    Eucalyptus oil
    Palate
    Nutshells, wood, peat, smoke, giving way to raisins and other preserved fruits. None of the brininess of Talisker remains, nor does the pepper finish.
    Finish
    Short and woody.

    The most famous whisky of all time and Winston Churchill's favourite drink. A standard-issue bottle to have, but surprisingly subtle when you get down to it.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Drunk&dangerous

    6950/99
    Color
    nice golden
    Nose
    sweet with small hint of smoke.
    Body
    oily, solid.
    Palate
    smooth with sweet smokey traces, really nothing special. at the other hand, nothing disturbing as well.
    Finish
    faints away quite fast

    black label is something i call benchmark scotch < solid foundation of good whiskey but bit dull and without attitude. 69 as its good solid whiskey to drink, but really lacks character.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Blablubb

    8750/99
    Color
    medium amber, orange
    Nose
    Light smoke,light Hospital smell
    Body
    Full bodied.
    Finish
    long smoky finish

    really enjoyable, stands out in this price range

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8850/99
    Color
    A bit of the orange side of honey
    Nose
    Light smoke, lighter earth, faint cotton candy
    Body
    Smooth but whole
    Palate
    Alcoholic, earthy and faint smoke. A bit of water brings balance. Sweeter on the next sip, and the next.
    Finish
    Short finish, smoke as you exhale, then clean.

    This was surprisingly good. Not a knock-out punch like Islay malts, but very nicely balanced and smooth. Also affordable. Very good default sipping whiskey.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8550/99
    Color
    Deep Gold, Chestnut
    Nose
    Caramel, smoke
    Body
    Full bodied, oily
    Palate
    Oiliness gives way to smoky peat, vanilla, toffee
    Finish
    Long and warming, spicy flavors

    Not quite Laphroaig but a very enjoyable blend.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by ColoradoDram

    8450/99
    Color
    Medium-light amber.
    Nose
    Oxidizing metal (like a handful of old coins), nondescript flowers, fruit, and smoke.
    Body
    Very oily and creamy grab on the tongue. Medium-full bodied.
    Palate
    Tasty balance of fruit, flowers, pepper, and light smoke. The malt is almost lost here.
    Finish
    Peppery, medium length, medium warmth. Balances smooth and dry well.

    This is a really good and consistent blend. If you just don't know what you're in the mood for (and you're not seeking to discern any complexities in a single-malt 'tasting'), then happily pour the mix of 40 that the malt masters at JW picked to bring the kitchen sink of fruit, flowers, smoke, nuts, oak, dry, creamy, smooth-finishing scotch called Black Label. I've tasted some my parents opened 20 years ago and it's as consistent as a 2008 bottle at my house.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Heavy

    7550/99
    Color
    Deep golden.
    Nose
    Oak, sherry, some leather or plastic notes, but nothing unpleasant.
    Body
    Good medium thick legs, smooth, but watery.
    Palate
    Oak, leather, spicy (ginger mostly) and fruity (orange peel and plums). Warming.
    Finish
    Medium-long, spicy, a bit salty. Pretty warming

    This is my most often choice. It's probably the best in its price category. Simple, but truly nice blend.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Mandrake

    7650/99
    Color
    Warm amber
    Nose
    Darkly fruity, raisins and currants. Caramel and a hint of smoke.
    Body
    Medium body, a bit watery.
    Palate
    Blackcurrant and wood, lighter notes too. Apple and a bit of heather.
    Finish
    Slightly abrupt and not particularly well integrated. Fruity notes, hint of smokiness.

    Surprisingly good blend, a massive step up from the Red.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    amber
    Nose
    burnt raisins, smoke, rich fruit
    Body
    chewy , smooth and silky.
    Palate
    raisins again, fruit, very chewy, medium smoke, perfect balance.
    Finish
    long with some bite of peat and fruit.

    This is the best blend money can buy. Brilliant balance of so many layers.

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    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old
    Review by Dr.Whisky

    7950/99
    Color
    The way orange chocolate fudge tastes
    Nose
    Sweet, apples and honey, soft brown pears, custardy cream smell, cakey, lively and fresh in the nose. malted barley and a good whisky smell. Not necessarily a peatiness, but a definite burnt or toasty character about it.
    Body
    Has a grainy assertiveness that keeps you on your toes. Tingly and warming like good ballet.
    Palate
    Subtle and constantly changing in the mouth. Starts really sweet, but a nice sweet, like kissing rather than talking about kissing. Moves into oaky territory, winey and grapey with leafy breezes of herbal tastes. Slowly developing long finish of smoky clothes sweetened with a body spray of vanilla, apples and honey.
    Finish
    Pleasantly sweet for introductions and then takes you on a pleasant ever-developing flavour ride. Long finish.

    I like this stuff. Innovation in blending passed down through generations. Clever opportunism. Marketing genius. Branding and re-branding. Skill to be able to constistenly blend a tasty whisky for over 150 years. Put it in a sexy bottle to decorate our shelves and you have a world-class knock-out blend. "Maybe" at full price, "yes" on offer, "of course" at duty free (crazy deals in the middle east!!!).

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