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Johnnie Walker Double Black

17 January 2010 17,914 views Written by: Gal Granov

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I am not a huge fan of the Johnny walker line. The Red label is not that good, Black label is ok (many people think it’s awesome, including Jim Murray in his Bible). The Blue Label is too expensive in my book, although it’s a well balanced old blend, I’d rather buy two single malts which outperform it in any aspect.

The JW Double Black is a new blend which is based on the best selling Black Label, with the addition of more Islay smoky malts and peatiness (which is good). The new blend is still in “testing” mode, and can be bought at only 6 Duty free shops around the globe (Bangkok, Dubai, Beirut, JFK, Singapore and Sydney international airports). The selection of duty free shops is a bit weird to me, why include Beirut and not London ?

The “testing” phase will last until June, then if successful, it will be released to other duty frees around the globe. At first there is no intention of selling it in regular liquor shops not located at airports. Currently it’s already available at the Bangkok (anyone flying to Thailand soon? :) )

The price of the JW DB will be about 15-20% higher (of course) than the regular black blend.

As an Islay fan and known “Peat Head” i find it rather interesting to sample the so called “extra peatiness” which will be added to this blend. let’s just wait and see.

more information can be found here.

I do hope that someone who goes through the JFK duty free will get me a sample of this nectar sometime in the coming months. (my expectations are low, so i can only be surprised, right?)

Keep on walking! (as the JW slogan says)

My tasting notes can be found Here

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  • http://www.hmemcpy.com/blog/ Igal Tabachnik

    I don’t know how much it costs, but for that price I’d buy the original ingredient, Caol Ila, instead :)

    • http://twitter.com/WhiskyIsrael Whisky Israel

      Yes quite so but would be nice to acquaint oneself with one if the best selling blends.

  • Anonymous

    If only they had it in the Montreal airport, I’d pick us both up a bottle!

  • http://twitter.com/hmemcpy Igal Tabachnik

    I don't know how much it costs, but for that price I'd buy the original ingredient – Caol Ila instead :)

  • http://twitter.com/WhiskyIsrael Whisky Israel

    Yes. Surely u will go through jfk one of these days. Until then we will do with our better islay peated malts.

  • yossiyitzak

    If only they had it in the Montreal airport, I'd pick us both up a bottle!

  • yossiyitzak

    If only they had it in the Montreal airport, I'd pick us both up a bottle!

  • http://twitter.com/WhiskyIsrael Whisky Israel

    Yes quite so but would be nice to acquaint oneself with one if the best selling blends.

  • http://twitter.com/WhiskyIsrael Whisky Israel

    Yes. Surely u will go through jfk one of these days. Until then we will do with our better islay peated malts.

  • iqbal Sayeed

    where can I buy it in Houston Texas?

  • iqbal Sayeed

    where can I buy it in Houston Texas?

    • Gal Granov

      i really dont think you can.
      it’s only available in Travel Retail shops in airports…

  • elie slaybe

    son of bitch don't talk about beirut!

  • Anonymous

    אני לאחרונה נתקלתי בבלוג שלך כבר קורא יחד. חשבתי לעזוב את התגובה הראשונה שלי. אני לא יודע מה לומר חוץ מזה שאני נהנה לקרוא
    קורות חיים

    • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

      בשמחה!

      תודה

  • morevisitor

    אני לאחרונה נתקלתי בבלוג שלך כבר קורא יחד. חשבתי לעזוב את התגובה הראשונה שלי. אני לא יודע מה לומר חוץ מזה שאני נהנה לקרוא

  • whiskyisrael

    בשמחה!

    תודה

  • Moutawa7esh

    l7ass 2ayre inta w london taba3ak…

  • Asator

    Ha Ha! Johnnie is actually admitting that Islay scoth is better than their products by introducing an Islay style scoth above its beloved Black Label. I have not had the Double Black yet but I eagerly await. Until then I will be enjoying my Ardeg and Laphroiag. I think only people that have never had an Islay scotch would like Johnny Walker.

    • Anonymous

      Asator,

      you can’t really compare an Islay single malt or malt blends with JW… i would taker an Islay malt anytime… but, some people don’t appreciate that much peat reek, so they go for such blends.
      Nothing like a good Laph. or Ardbeg. I agree/

  • Asator

    Ha Ha! Johnnie is actually admitting that Islay scoth is better than their products by introducing an Islay style scoth above its beloved Black Label. I have not had the Double Black yet but I eagerly await. Until then I will be enjoying my Ardeg and Laphroiag. I think only people that have never had an Islay scotch would like Johnny Walker.

    • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

      Asator,

      you can’t really compare an Islay single malt or malt blends with JW… i would taker an Islay malt anytime… but, some people don’t appreciate that much peat reek, so they go for such blends.
      Nothing like a good Laph. or Ardbeg. I agree/

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  • Godfrey

    Good News! Double Black Label is now also available New Zealand Auckland Duty free DFS on special at $ 45

  • Srinivas Diageo

    pls avilabel this jw Double Black Chhattishgarh State

    • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

      I am not the importer or the distiller ;) i am merely a blogger, you should approach diageo…

  • sammy

    are you aware of its kosher status?

    • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

      I’m not .. But I do think it’s kosher if you drink
      Whisky from sherry butts. It has some for sure.

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  • http://jason-scotchreviews.blogspot.ca/ Jason Debly

    Gal, the reason Beirut was chosen as a test market for the Double Black is because the Lebanese are enormous fans of the standard Black Label.  I can attest to this from direct knowledge, as I have spent some time in the country.  Without a shadow of a doubt, Johnnie Walker Black is the single most popular scotch and arguably alcoholic drink in that country. Accordingly, it was understandable that Diageo chose the capital of Lebanon as part of its international launch of this line extension of the Johnnie Walker brand.

    best,

  • kevin

    just came back frm Santiago, Chile. The dbl black Is in there duty free shop