Scotch Whisky Review 14 - Johnnie Walker Black Label




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themaltbar: Boy oh boy Ralfy. When Diagio speaks their distilleries must really listen. Its evident that the 12 yo casks of Talisker and Caol Ila in this JWB12yo were sourced/prepared properly. Talisker on its own as well as CI12yo have slipped as you so adeptly point out but this 12yo blend retains a substantial character. The Black must be Diagios 1st priority if this here bottle of JWB is any indication. peppery peaty smokey red fruit ...86/100.not bad for a blend! cheers 

Neel Boppana: I would give 78 to Johny Black, very basic scotch. Nothing interesting

RockyMountainPrepper: Traditionally my go-to bottle when I have a bit of spare change in my pocket. Although, after kicking off my single malt journeys with Laphroaig 10 (yes I do need to get my hands on some Cask Strength), I do wonder if I won't be experimenting more with single malt. At the end of the day, this is a wonderful whisky, all things considered) and I'm sure it will remain in my rotation for the rest of my days.

Eds UKGamerz: I've bought 3 bottles of this over the last 6 months, the first two were fantastic and my father and i thoroughly enjoyed sharing it. However, the last one we just finished was an odd ball, it was "hot" and extremely peppery compared with normal. Water was essential in calming it down but it destroyed the good flavours normally found. 

darkdk666: Hello there Ralfy, I have some quick questions. I've bought two of these during the last 7 months and upon enjoying the latest bottle, I noticed a significant change compared to the earlier one. This was definitely clearer color wise and the alcohol didn't have any impact really. It was very much watery and it was a huge disappointment. What would be the reason for this drastic change? Can I expect running into this again later on? Is the quality degrading or is this just a buggy individual? Thanks, and have a malty morning.

Mathias Vestbjerg: as a 18 year old boy who dont like to go get drunk but likes to enjoy my drinks what whisky do you think i should start with? here at home i have a Jack daniels old NO 7, Gentelman jack, Johnnie walker black label and a Cardhu single malt 12 year. I would like to have a good start with whisky but which of this is the best start? Thx

Jonathan Crowe: Hitchens drink of choice 

Paolo Pagkalinawan: Hi @ralfystuff, really great video - thank you for making this. I just have a question regarding whiskies in general or in this case, the black label - once the bottle has been opened, will the whisky itself expire or go bad?

Whiteblooded: Talisker and Caol Ila, that's what I was after! Cheers Ralfy!

themaltbar: (cont) & that's a June 2014 score!!!

David Boris: No cork, I don't like it.

james sane: hi @ralfystuff I have a btl of dalmore madeira... what do you think of whisky aged in madeira wood?

Akash Goswami: wow Ralfy!!! That was a great review.. Thumbs Up!!

bekerish: hi ralfy, does the caramel added too much as you mentioned in this video also change the taste (like in a mellowing way and hide some unwanted notes) ?

MatteoTorgy: I'd give it 89. I realize I'm very unpopular for liking Black Label as much as I do but I judge things strictly on the merits with a critical thinking, independent process. This stuff is perfect. Spring bank is my favorite single malt. This stuff is close if not equal.

richguzman1989: Johnnie walker black is king of all blended scotch whiskey!!!!!!!!

Young Anthony: Best selling scotch in the world, so there you go whisky wanderers.

Daniel: I also love the Johnny Walker Black Whiskey too.

Rajesh Shah: HI MaltyRalf, I have two products of BlackLabel. One purchased from Heathrow Dutyfree which is 43% abv; and second purchased from Dubai Dutyfree which is 40% abv. Both of them taste different. I have heard of rumours that a lot of un genuine BlackLabels are floating around even in the duty-free shops worldwide. Is there some truth in it? 

Gray Au: Nasty scotch for nasty ugly freakers who waste money.

Daniel: I love The Glenlivet 12,18,21 year Whiskey(:

Jose Escobar: There is a noticeable difference in the caramel content from 2009 to 2013. I recently bought a bottle and it is not nearly as dark.

Remon Rasho: I'm considering this, a Glenmorangie 10 year or a Chivas 12 year for a gift... which of these three would you recommend?

Candelario Tapia: Johnny Walker

MUSTANG19681968: Luv you Ralfy, and i'm not a puffer.

Eugenio Guarente: Equally with Buchannan's 12yo. The Jhonnie Walker Black label, is one of the most sold and consumed in Venezuela.

themaltbar: Is this not one of the most reliable blends out there? Top JWB...just try it... when it comes to consistency and reliability?! These folks got it right. Merry Christmas Ralfy/merry maltesters from everybody here at ye 'ol Malt bar! cheers. 

Demiler: ¡¡Hi MaltRalfy!! ¿Can you please tell me what kind of Whisky, should be added with a bit of water to enhance it? I would hate to have my Whisky spoiled or unbalanced. 

ynmamflm: Burned out on rums and bourbons (Iv'e had them ALL) I have engaged in SCOTCH. I left the kids at home and rush down to the liquor store (don't tell momma) for a bottle of scotch. I paid 21 buck for a PINT of JWB and also bought a 30 pack of Busch beer for my 73 year old mother (beers for cheap alcoholic) at the same price. I need advice now. Since switching to scotch my love for rums and bourbons have been diminished. BUT good scotch is HIGH DOLLAR. What scotch can I drink that's affordable? This Kansan love's Ralfy.com. 

kavieres: Glenfiddich 12 yo and Johnnie Walker Black label have the same score, i haven't tried either yet. Which one should i go for?

lacrymosa85: It's unusually peaty...

cugamer: I've tried drinking Scotch a few times, and I'll be honest, it was like drinking lighter fluid. But I'm not a quitter! I know many who find great pleasure in this drink and all it's subtleties. If I can, I'd like to get the taste. Can one develop a taste for it, even if the initial experience is so negative and if so, how should I go about it?

Blair Phillips: Ralfy, quick comment and question. I love your videos and use them as a guide for how much water to add to each new whisky that I try (you have reviewed every one that I have bought). However, I do notice some inconsistencies. For instance, you don't add any water to this blend at all but you add 2 or 3 teaspoons to the Dewars 12, which is also 40%. Why is that?

DarKool81: freak sake! Some people are just followers, substituting one messiah for another

71samrath: Ralf started drinking this.. How much water do u suggest???

Bas van der Meij: JW Black label is my favorite whisky haha :3 i just love the taste.. :P

joenewbie316: One of the biggest points of WHY? Blended... simple, consistency single malts can sometimes be hit or miss, the same way a wine can vary. Blended takes out the variance, this years production will taste the same as last years, other than in bottle aging and smoothing that will happen if you keep the bottle a long time, but that's not what I mean. I buy JWBlack today, and it tastes the same as the one I bought last month that was produced a year earlier. Single malts can be more bold.

Andy Collier: Ralfy! have you reviewed Johnny Walker Blue yet? I would be interested to hear your views on this fine enigma..

kicksit1980: Ralfy, What do the marks mean? What I mean is; what is good, what is bad, what is mediocre when it comes to the malt and blend marks?

wesleytaylorviadomus: Black Label has become horrible blended crap crap!

SemenVerh: @ralfystuff Thanks a lot for your advice!

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BravingTheOutDoors: Ralfy, I really like you, you're a great guy and I'm learning a lot but you gave a 10 yo Sherry Macallan 82 and you're giving this crap 86? That's just ridiculous!

trexmobile1: just tried my first bottle of this and i hated it tasted bitter and sour i even went as far as writing the company. i do like the red label so i figured that the black label would be better. i have now found Monkey Shoulder and i think it is by far the tasties whiskey ive bought at its price range. cant wait to be able to spend real money 100plus on whiskey. great reviews!!

Eurobubble70: buying black label makes no sense imo, here in austria you can get laphroaig 10 or highland park 12 for just 3 euros more. teachers or grants family reserve will atleast save you money.

stingfan24: You're thinking of Johnnie Walker Green Label - that is 100% Malt content, and is incidentally being discontinued, so grab a bottle while you can.

MemoryLaneCinema: What's your fav whiskey then ralfy? I tried Jack D old nr 7 for the first time the other day. Wasn't my taste at all. Not the whiskey for beginners or what do you think? -Norway

greymilton: Nice review. As a blended whiskey drinker, this is by far my favourite. I usually add ice and enjoy it quite well. I know that you mentioned that water will imbalance the whiskey, but I find that while the ice melts, each sip is different -which I rather like! What are your thoughts on adding ice to whiskey? -(for both blends and single malts.) Cheers

Nernest Wilson: Ralfy i have a question, im a new drinker usually im drinking whatever there is for $20 in a local market, with Black Label since you say no water it would be better to chill rather than add ice?

neonblack666: Hi Ralfy, any thoughts on the new double black? I found it quite good, yet amazingly over hyped for what it is.

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scotch whisky review 14 - Johnnie Walker Black Label 4.9 out of 5

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