Johnnie Walker Black Label Centenary Limited Edition Review

Country: Scotland
Brand: Johnnie Walker Black Label Centenary Limited Edition
Type: Blended Whisky
Age: 12 Years
Alcohol: 40%
Date: 25/07/2012

Color: Dark Amber

Nose: It’s actually a rather light nose. Give it some time to open up cause there’s some Alcohol around. Peat Smoke, the Salty Sea (Could be Talisker). Some light Oak, Leather and Vanilla, Nuts, Brown Sugar, a bit of Sherry and Sweet Dried Fruit like Raisins or Sugared Orange Zest.

Taste: Smooth, Creamy, Warm, Light Smoke, Sugared Grain, Spicy, Oak, Vanilla.

Finish: Short, Sweet at first but quickly becoming Dry, with a touch of Oak and Salt.

I do not recommend adding still water. It drowns the whisky quite quickly.

Rating: 84.5

Nose: 21– Taste: 21.5 – Finish: 21 – Overall: 21

General Remarks:

This special edition of the famous Blend was released in 2009 to celebrate the fact that it was 100 years ago (1908) when Johnnie Walker Black Label was first presented to the market.

The special package consists of a sleek, black bottle displaying ten key milestones from Johnnie Walker’s history, such as the introduction of the famous square bottle (1860) and the company’s first Royal Warrant. 

The historic Black Label name on the label is embellished with real gold and textured ink, as is the golden figure of the striding man. A very nice Collector’s Item if you’re into this sort of things.

The Whisky itself is a Standard Johnnie Walker Black Label, equal to the one I tasted a bit more than a year ago. I gave it a (maybe too) high score of 90 at that time. Recently however I have the impression that Diageo has changed the Blend somewhat, principally the Islay component. For this reason I’ve scored it down to the current 86 points. I will taste it again in a couple of months.

Drinking Experience Neat: Good
Drinking Experience On the Rocks: Good

Conclusion: Still a very decent Blend, also in view of its competitive pricing. Excellent value for money.

Jan van den Ende                                                     July 2012

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