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    Johnnie Walker Black vs Dewar's 12 yr.

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    Can someone help me out.

    First time I've had Dewar's 12 yr (had other Dewar's before, but not 12).

    Have sipped JW black often enough.

    I think I like Dewar's (suprised by this, been drinking JW black so long).

    If anyone has tried the two, I'm thinking the wheel from the other post would help help explain the difference in the right jargon.

    Most reviews state they have a very similar profiles, and I can taste that, but I think I can taste more peat in JW black, and the Dewar's 12 is a little sweeter, but no were near a bourbon.

    Am I getting the flavors I'm tasting right?
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    Re: Johnnie Walker Black vs Dewar's 12 yr.

    Quote Originally Posted by thanis View Post
    http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...ead.php?t=6810

    Can someone help me out.

    Most reviews state they have a very similar profiles, and I can taste that, but I think I can taste more peat in JW black, and the Dewar's 12 is a little sweeter, but no were near a bourbon.

    Am I getting the flavors I'm tasting right?
    I've had my fair share of both. I call Dewars a Floral-Fruity and JWB Smokey-Peaty. But neither fit that category as clearly as single malts to me. I get hints of the floral-fruity profile a lot of Speyside single malts have in the Dewars. I can get a hint of the peat and smoke of the Islays and Skye (Talisker) from JWB but if I rated JWB on a scale of 1-10 with one being barely there and 10 being a peat monster then JWB is a 1.5 to 2. That doesn't mean they aren't enjoyable and very popular brands. Their sales indicate they have a good following.

    I think you are spot on in your assessment. And since we all will describe the same bottle different ways, your assessment alone will fit your endeavor perfectly. A broad set of opinions will generally agree on key nose and palate traits but we will get a lot of other descriptive terms that are unique to the individual.

    I read extensively here in the SB before I try something I haven't tried before to get an idea if it's worth the money to give it a go. It helps that I have a very wide range of tastes I can enjoy.
    Often I am forced to deal with the fact that I prefer bourbon over dealing with facts.

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    Re: Johnnie Walker Black vs Dewar's 12 yr.

    That is exactly how I remember Dewar's 12. Similar to Johnnie Black but a touch less smoke. Both are great blends and I'm not sure which I'd rather have.

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    Re: Johnnie Walker Black vs Dewar's 12 yr.

    I'm pretty happy with both but the Dewar's makes me want to go drink Aberfeldy while the JWB doesn't.
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    Re: Johnnie Walker Black vs Dewar's 12 yr.

    Well, you know, men have five needs: food, clothing, shelter, whiskey, and strange whiskey.

    Does your Johnnie Black know you've been cheating on it?

    Taste is subjective. I've had my share of the major blends over the years and JWB is my favorite. It has a malty and maybe even a little bit of a bourbony body. That's what I like about it, the others seem tinny by comparison.

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    Re: Johnnie Walker Black vs Dewar's 12 yr.

    Your real name wouldn't be Maslow before you changed it?
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    Re: Johnnie Walker Black vs Dewar's 12 yr.

    Actually, I stole the joke from Bill Maher. He probably got it from Maslow.

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    Re: Johnnie Walker Black vs Dewar's 12 yr.

    I happen to like both - just tried the McIvor 12 year as well. Might qualify as a nice halfway point between the 2 - not as sweet as Dewar's 12, not as smokey as JWB. Nicely priced, add it to the shelf right between the other 2. Menage a whisky.
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    Re: Johnnie Walker Black vs Dewar's 12 yr.

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Well, you know, men have five needs: food, clothing, shelter, whiskey, and strange whiskey.
    I thought the five were sugar, starch, fat, grease, and alcohol.
    Or maybe those're the five food groups...

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Actually, I stole the joke from Bill Maher. He probably got it from Maslow.
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    Re: Johnnie Walker Black vs Dewar's 12 yr.

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Taste is subjective. I've had my share of the major blends over the years and JWB is my favorite. It has a malty and maybe even a little bit of a bourbony body. That's what I like about it, the others seem tinny by comparison.
    My sentiments exactly. I had JWB last night for the first time in several months and rediscovered why I love it so much. (It helps that it's made in Kilmarnock, Scotland where my family hails from and many still live!)
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