Review: Johnnie Walker Double Black Limited Edition







Location:    Johnny Walker’s spiritual home is at Cardhu Distillery, Knockando, Morayshire, which is located in Strathspey, the whisky producing area of Scotland.

Owners:   Diageo

Water Source:   Springs on Mannoch Hill.

Background on Double Black:

Double Black is a new addition to the Johnnie Walker family of whisky. This new expression accents the smoky characteristic of Johnnie Walker Black Label, imparting additional richness and intensity of flavor. Double Black is made by blending select single malts from reserves that include heavily-peated malts in deep charred oak barrels.

Jim Beveridge, Johnnie Walker’s Master Blender Says “Johnnie Walker Double Black takes Johnnie Walker Black Label as its starting point. Drawing on generations of and maturation expertise and with the keys to the largest, most diverse stocks of aged Scotch whiskies in the world, I have created Johnnie Walker Black to be a new and complementary perspective on Black Label”.

Johnnie Walker Double Black carries no age statement.

Double Black was launched in January through six airport duty-free channels. The test run was well received and was then made available globally.


Packaged in a distinctive smoky grey/black coloured glass bottle, reflecting the smoky flavor. Double Black retains the iconic branding elements of Johnnie Walker whiskies: the familiar square bottle and slanting label.

Tasting Notes:

Nose: aromas of peat smoke, oak and dried fruits.

Palate:  peat smoke, tropical fruit notes, vanilla and spice. Easy mouth feel and with a medium finish.

Comments: Double Black is a wonderful extension to the existing brands in the Johnnie Walker range. This expression is aimed at people who are keen to explore its noticeably smoky and West Coast character in more depth.

Johnnie Walker Double Black won the Masters Award at the 2010 World Whisky Masters Awards ‘Best super premium blends’ category.

Available for a limited time only at LCBO – $69.95


Tip:  If you want to cut your whisky with water try bottled pure Scottish spring water


Make mine a Black, a Double Black….