Type: Blended Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: N/A
Additional coloring: Yes
Average price: € 23.00
Official website: www.johnniewalker.com
After trying the special version dedicated to the Scottish regions and the ‘double’ version, it seemed only right to pour into the glass the bottle at the base of both, the 12-year-old Black Label.
A blend of malt and grain whiskies, the lion’s share of the more than 40 distilleries from which the whiskies it’s made up comes from Talisker, together with Clynelish, but certainly for such a varied and economical whisky the contribution of, let’s say, less famous distilleries can be expected to be the majority.
After Red Label, this whisky is certainly the most popular, not least because of the peat content of its aromas, which we Italians are known to particularly like.
The nose has a slight alcoholic hint (which at 40 degrees is never a good start), but is nevertheless quite fresh and clean, with herbaceous and mineral tones together with yellow fruit (peach, apricot and melon), orange, light vanilla and lemon peel. The peat is really just a hint in the background, more vegetable than smoky. All in all pleasant, but so far it has very little of the ‘black’ variety.
It’s on the palate that the peat appears, even if in the background, with an ashy and toasted contribution, while the citrus and fruity notes of the nose remain frontal with the addition of almonds and butter biscuit. It still tends to be herbaceous and fresh, with a light and subtle profile, with the alcohol well present (too much) and a certain bitter and metallic note that develops over time.
The finish is rather short, of citrus, ash and metal.
Drinkable but not too much, in small quantities it’s pleasant but in the long run expresses an unpleasant artificial note that breaks the lightness of the whole.
All in all it delivers what it promises, blended it gives just enough of an ashy touch not to stir the spirits, and can be a good starting point for those who want to approach Scotch whisky.
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