Scotch Whisky Review 14 - Johnnie Walker Black Label




What do you think about this video?

ScopedPewPew: I get a really freaking weird taste in this. Like a bitter vodka disgusting flavour. 

Xavier Robalino: Ralfy. Sorry to bother you. But please, do you think a re- review of JWB is in order?

Christopher Hitchens: I'm drinking it now, It's bloody good stuff, clean smooth. Not to harsh. Lovely balance. 

shuboy05: I can definitely detect the Talisker and Caol Ila but that isn't surprising. I'm guessing the sweetness coming up mid-palate is coming from Mortlach and Glen Elgin or the other Speyside distilleries owned by Diageo.

shane geyer: Go's good with 1 or 2 ice cubes 

DuSlothster: About to order this for Christmas. As a new whisky drinker (Love Bushmills Black Bush) I want to try something different

jordanaug81: I'm a novice scotch drinker so bare with me, but I experienced a very unique & pleasant almost nutty finish in this one.

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. 

Didimo Bautista: What would be the main difference between switching from Black Label to Grlenfidich single malt? Thank you!

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 

Jonathan Crowe: Hitchens drink of choice 

Jonas Kazemekaitis: Hi Ralfy, does that mean if rating is below 90/100 I should stay away from it?

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

Kai Huizing: Really good whiskey 

JethroBrink: Time for a re-review?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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? 

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.

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

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

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. 

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

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?

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

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