Although I’ve enjoyed American whiskey for years, I’m a Scotch newbie. The idea of a peaty, smoky whisky intimidated me. So I started my Scotch adventures with some sweeter and fruitier Scotch whiskies, such as Glenlivet 12 and The Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask (full reviews coming soon). Johnnie Walker is such a giant brand, so that was my next stop. Diageo was kind enough to send me samples of most of the Johnnie Walker lineup, including the focus of this post, Double Black. I sampled and tasted them all several times, but waited to taste this one last. It was worth the wait.
Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge took the dark, smoky notes from Johnnie Walker Black Label and amplified them to create Johnnie Walker Double Black. This is the smokiest JW blend thus far (to my knowledge). The press release states Johnnie Walker Double Black contains some single malts from smaller distilleries on Scotland’s west coast. This whisky retails for about $42. So, how is it?