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….




About Liz Palmer

Liz Palmer is a well-respected wine journalist since 2004 and has an international reputation as a critic and judge. Liz has had the pleasure of interviewing and tasting with some of the industry’s leading winemakers, professors and personalities. Liz Palmer’s articles have appeared in national and international magazines. She is one of four founding international hosts for #ChampagneDay 2011-2017; she has served as a judge for the 2013-2017 Global Traveler's Wines on the Wing airline wine competition (New York); 2014-2017 Michelangelo International Wine Awards (South Africa) 2014-2017; and for the The Stevie Awards for Women in Business (New York) (2014-2017). Her Memberships include: Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada, Circle of Wine Writers (UK), International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers (FIJEV); Wine Century Club (NYC), The Fine Wine Reserve, and Les Dames d’Escoffier (President – Toronto Chapter). 2017 Awards: Liz Palmer’s first book, “The Ultimate Guide To Champagne” has received the National Award for the best French Wine Book at the Gourmand World Awards 2017. On April 7th, 2017 she was awarded the title of “Dame Chevalier” of the Ordre de Coteaux de Champagne at an official ceremony in Paris.
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