JW Black Label
If you have ever tried, what's your opinion about Johnnie Walker Black Label?
I've bought a bottle yesterday and tried for the first time. It's far more better than the standard blends I had tried before-icluding JW Red, J&B Rare, etc., in compliance with the "deluxe" claim on the bottle and the maturation period of 12 years. However, bourbon continues to be my choice. What do you think?
PS: BTW, I posted a poll about JW Black Label on the Whiskey Magazine forum-you know there are mostly Scotch fans there. I'll compare the opinions of the two sides of Atlantic.
It's good stuff, not great. I'd use it as a really good mixer.
Last year I purchased a gift sampler for sampling by my poker group. It contained JW red, black, gold and blue.
The Blue was the clear winner, very very good stuff.
The Gold over all would have been everybody's pick when considering taste, price, etc.
The Black was ok, but no where near the Gold or Blue in terms of taste.
The red is the red.
I'm not really a blended scotch whiskey drinker, but the gold would be my choice out of those four.
There must be a more enjoyable blended scotch than JW Black Label, but I haven't had the opportunity to taste it yet. Because of the high prices for scotch as compared to bourbon, I probably never will.
I have a small bottle of the Gold Label open; I like the Black Label better. The Gold is delicate by comparison, not a quality likely to endear it to me.
Here are some comments from long ago.
I'd consider JWB to be a good, solid Scotch blend - but for about the same price I could get Compass Box Asyla, which wins hands-down for me.
I haven't tried the Red, Gold, or Blue versions.
The best blend I've had was Campbeltown Loch 25yo, sadly now extinct. I have one last bottle in my bunker, and I greatly regret not buying more when I had the opportunity. You snooze, you lose...
Don't care for the red or the black at all, but the Gold is very good. The Blue is tasty, but nowhere near worth the price.
I find the JW Black to be very enjoyable on the what has become few times I opt for scotch. A few years back I was invited to a tasting that JW Black hosted at a trendy spot in Atlanta. Started off with some single's Oban, Talisker, Lagavulin, and one other I can't remember. Then a tasting of the Black. Received a 350 bottle and some other stuff too. It was very well done, and enforced my admiration for the brand. But, I just don't drink much scotch these days for some reason...;)
The thing I like about JW Black is that you can get it almost anywhere. I had it a couple of weeks ago at my sisters wedding and it wasn't bad at all. It has strong Islay flavors without being to 'extreme' as you might get from the Single Malts of the region.
I however, like the extreme singles from Islay so I would rather drink them when available.
I don't drink much scotch, but I like JW black.
JW Black is the one of the Johnnie Walkers I'd buy most often if I bought blended Scotch often. It's easily better than the red, and much cheaper than either the gold (very good) and blue (over-rated, I think, and thus overpriced).