Whisky Review – Johnie Walker, Black Label
We recently took a well-deserved holiday, and found ourselves on an airplane. From the limited number of whiskies available we felt it would be a shame to pass-up on the opportunity to try Johnie Walker, Black Label. Especially as we had been lucky enough to try the Edinburgh Princess Street edition at a North London Whisky Club tasting event.
As a short …
Johnie Walker, Black Label
Blended scotch whisky
Nose: grassy, citrus notes, fresh and clean, malt heavy, pear, orchard fruits, apple blossom
Palate: very creamy, LOTS of honey, light warming spices, stem ginger, milk chocolate, malty biscuits
Finish: vanilla, oak, honey sweetness
We felt that this was a very pleasant dram. Easy going, tasty – it didn’t demand much from you as a drinker. A solid every-day drink.
With a mixer …
Black Label & Ginger Ale
Nose: very fresh, citrus, vanilla sweetness, hints of honey, and obviously LOTS of ginger
Palate: very drinkable, vanilla and honey develop, ginger moves to the background
Finish: light, sweet, and ginger develops
The ginger ale really built on the natural flavours of the whisky. Highlighting the honey and vanilla flavours, whilst boosting the natural ginger-spice. It was a well-matched combination, a fresh drink – which would be perfect for a hot summers evening.
It is safe to say that the Johnie Walker, Black Label is an easy-going, everyday dram. We totally understand why it is a mainstay on a number of people’s shelves! We’ve not got many (if any) blended whiskies on our shelf at the moment, so we may very well find ourselves purchasing a bottle too.
Let us know in the comments below what your go-to airplane whisky is? And whether you’ve tasted any travel-retail limited release!