Saturday, July 30, 2016
Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 years
Approximately 40 different whiskies make up this blended Scotch whisky. Each whisky has a minimum age of at least 12 years. The proportion of grain and malt whiskies making up this blend is unknown.
There is artificial coloring added too.
The price is sharking up.
But, guess what? It's still the best 12 year old blended Scotch in the market place.
Vanilla, gentle peat, ocean air with a salty tang, orange rind and floral notes.
The taste experience commences with smooth, sweet cinnamon, caramel, toffee, toasted almonds, brown sugar, malt, some spiciness, but not to the point of pepper, which evaporates quickly into clouds of subtle peat and smoke.
Very restrained peat with a flourish of smoke and grains of sea salt round out this tasting experience.
This is the gold standard of 12 year old blended Scotch category. Costs a bit more, but is worth it. Very consistent bottle to bottle. The master blender and team do an amazing job of maintaining the consistent flavor bottle to bottle, batch to batch.