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Oct 23, 2011 12:24 AM

Johnny Walker Double Black

For a long time I've only bought single malts - having once tasted a single grain (and immediately thrown the bottle in the trash) I'd always figured the grains were in there purely to lower the cost and surely not to improve the flavor. Well today I was intrigued by a sale on Johnny Walker Double Black for $32.95 and I have to tell you that this is pretty fine tasting Scotch. It has a nice peaty flavor like the Islay malts but is more rounded. I know there are single malts out there that might be slightly cheaper (Dalmore?) but if I can buy this for $32.95 I may keep drinking it.

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    1. There is an article about JWDB in today's San Francisco Chronicle. It is described as being "smokier and peatier."

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      1. re: DavidT

        What I found interesting in the article is that the master blender at JW recommended serving it over ice to bring out the "layers of flavors." The use of ice/water is being debated on another post.

        1. re: hawkeyeui93

          I guess it's their version of Bruichladdich rocks which was specifically designed to be served over ice.

          1. re: ncyankee101

            Do you find this release by JW interesting? What little I have gleaned from your posts concerning the single malts you enjoy, I would venture a guess that you might place "Double Black" on your future "try" list ....

            1. re: hawkeyeui93

              It sounds interesting, though to be honest in the same $40 price range there are a few single malts I really like that have plenty of smoke, such as Ardbeg, laphroaig and Talisker. If I found a good price I would probably try a bottle.

              1. re: ncyankee101

                I was not impressed. Picked up a bottle 7 or 8 months ago. There is nothing outstanding about this blend at all. It is so middle ground that it succeeds in nothing. Any Islay will have more character. Any other good blend Black, Dewars 12, Nikka is tastier.

      2. I was wondering if there is any retail store where I can buy double black in San Francisco Bay area. My dad is a huge fan of Johnnie Walker. I want to get it for his birthday. If anyone can have any information on where I could purchase around San Francisco Bay area. I would really appreciate it. Thanks!!!