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How It’s Made: Johnnie Walker Black Label

johnny walker kitEver wonder how blended Scotch whisky is made? Well tomorrow I get the opportunity to find out firsthand by blending my own. Johnnie Walker sent this awesome kit (see right, click for large version) full of single malt and grain whiskeys, and during an hour-long session we’ll be blending our own Black Label under the tutelage of the company’s master distillers.

We’re blending this afternoon. Will report back when we’re finished and let you know how my whisky turned out!

UPDATE: Wow, that was fun and informative, and getting to taste six different malt whiskys from six different parts of Scotland (plus a grain whisky), side by side, was quite eye-opening. Real Black Label is blended from about 40 different whiskys, but even working with these seven to concoct my own spirit.

The blend I eventually used looks like this:

25% grain whisky
10% Lowland malt
10% Speyside malt
20% sherry cask malt
25% Highland malt
10% island malt

I skipped adding the heavily peaty Islay malt for my blend. Results? Perfectly palatable but surprisingly light considering how much Highland and sherry cask malt made up the blend. Typical blended whiskys have more than 50% grain whisky in the mix, but frankly I could have done with none at all.

Thanks to Johnnie Walker for an extremely informative, fun, and — as you can see from the photo below — involved experience.

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  2. jenish November 8, 2009

    as i m from india nd had been taking black label many atimes but most of the time i have got duplicate of it can u suggest me how can i make out weather it is original or duplicate……plz reply…
    thks a lot…..

  3. IBRahim January 6, 2010

    Dear Sir,

    I think that black label made from onion, and sperto, and alcohool,IF I SAW JOHNY WALKER I WILL FUCK HIM THAT SON OF A BITCH ASS HOLE MOTHER FUCKER BBYE

  4. Trevor Dunn March 3, 2010

    Is there anyway i can get a set like this? Of the black label miniature and then the malt?
    thank you

    1. eric lahl May 16, 2018

      yes I have one that is for sale. never used

  5. tinker-bell53 June 14, 2010

    Well thats some good stuff..my boyfriends name is johnny walker and he told me hes gonna try that before he dies..amd i thing its a perfect bday present?? but what i dont know is what label to buy him?

  6. Christopher Null June 14, 2010

    tinker-bell – sorry, this was a one-time event and is not part of a retail kit you can buy

  7. ruou mini July 19, 2010


    I want to buy this collection.

    You do know where to sell? How much is it.

    Help me?


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  9. Eric January 2, 2014

    If anyone is still reading this thread and still wants to buy one of these kits, I have one available. Feel free to email me at [email protected].


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