Here's what I think:
- balanced Islay emphasized blend;
Pleasant enough, but I think this is not much better or different than Black Bottle.
C'mon, weigh in on this.
No, I would not agree that all scotch is over priced. Consider the following:
I still have not tried the Black Bottle. I must!
As a relative beginner (who has concentrated on Single Malts) I am simply trying the very popular blends in order to educate my palate. Anything is worth trying once. So, I am currently working through the Walker line.
In the last 6 years I have been astounded how my whisky taste has changed and how sensitive I am to so many relatively minor elements of the tasting process. In my opinion, we often under value the influence of the following: the glass we use, the condition of the whisky, the mood we are in, what we have consumed before the tasting, what time of day, who we are with, where we are, the temperature of the product, etc. And especially, each dram we experience changes our tastes/opinions in some way.
Haven't we all felt confounded at times when tasting? Sometimes an old fav seems...flat. Sometimes something we think we wouldn't like leaps out at us and tastes wonderful. I think the best thing to do is to keep in mind all of these subtle yet important influences and most of all, remember that we are all quite fickle and changeable.
I recommend going back and forth between old favs and new samples, between blends and SMs, between Scotch and other whisk(e)y products. Life is too short to let your brain rule your mouth. Life is too short to leave something untasted. And if you haven't done (or tasted) something in the last two weeks, effectively, you have never done/tasted it.
In essence, keep an open mind (and an open mouth)!
It has the usual Johnnie Walker complexity, but I can't say I like all the different things I detect, or how it mixes. I got a strong a strong sweetness at the back of my upper teeth. There was a good smokiness that emerged shortly into it. The peat is medicinal and menthol, but not strong. I got the impression of blueberry after the finish had gone.
Lawrence wrote:I bought a bottle and since I like JWB I was curious about the DB, my conclusion was that the 12yo presents as a blend and a very good one at that. The Double Black is kissing cousins nearer to a malt however the peat smoke is not significantly bigger but it all melds together nicely. Still the Double Black is a very good dram but the 12yo has the slight edge with the vibrancy. For those that want a blend the 12yo and for those that lean towards malt then the Double Black.
I find the Double Black and the standard Black Label not to be very similar.
Black Label is cinammon, caramel, burnt toast and of course nice smoke. Double Black is lacks the cinammon and caramel flavors and instead is mostly smoke and peat. Very different to my untrained palate.
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