It’s been more than 10 years since we reviewed Johnnie Walker’s iconic Black Label (here) and, considering it’s one of the best-selling Scotch whiskies in the world, we thought the ubiquitous blended Scotch deserved a fresh review. We’ve considered the range of base whiskies that comprise Black Label in this piece, but today, we’re looking at a recent bottling to see how it compares to prior years.
Poured into a glass, Johnnie Walker Black Label is colored a light shade of gold. The nose is a bit thin and offers light, gentle peat and some apple sweetness along with a bit of malty cereal. On the palate, the whisky is delicate and quite agreeable. The peat remains mild and couples with a creamy caramel character along with fruity notes that include peaches and orange peel. Light vanilla and a touch of marshmallow appear on the finish, which is medium in length.
All in all, Black Label remains an entirely enjoyable whiskey. It isn’t likely to be anyone’s favorite, but just about anyone can enjoy it, and it still serves as an excellent baby step for those interested in tiptoeing into peated whisky.