Johnnie Walker Black Label is a blended scotch that even single malt snobs will enjoy. It’s a solid, reliable option that can be found behind most bars and in retail shops worldwide.
Color: An elegant coppery orange—Diageo uses caramel coloring in many of its whiskies, but assuming it’s done here, it’s not overdone. It’s not unusually dark for a whisky of Black Label’s age.
Nose: Light smoke is immediately recognizable, as are apricots, ripe peaches and malty grain, along with a touch of dry oak.
Palate: Sweet honey, caramel and vanilla are soon overlaid with a dry, gentle smoke. Wood and tart citrus make an appearance on the back of the palate. The smoke gradually intensifies as it moves throatward but never overwhelms. It’s restrained throughout.
Finish: An appealing combination of malt, lemons and oak, with a gentle alcoholic kick on the swallow that feels a bit stronger than its stated 40% ABV.