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)