****Highly Recommended, F. Paul Pacult (Spirit Journal): "Marginally darker, more topaz in color than the regular JW Black; flawless clarity. Peatier, a smidgen sweeter and more charcoal-like and slightly smokier in the initial whiffs than the standard JW Black; this aroma is noticeably fatter and more oak barrel driven than the more angular, grainy and maritime-influenced regular JW Black. Entry is medium-smoky, astringent and dry, oaky and delightfully round; midpalate displays a measure of soft peatiness and olive brine that's appealing but there are also dried fruit, candied almond and mint aspects that work in harmony with the texture. Concludes in a sweet, fruity pipe tobacco manner. Markedly different from standard JW Black, which is leaner and drier. (Dec 2011)"
Cocktail Enthusiast: "Double Black starts with the Black Label template, and from there, it adds peatier malts and malts aged in heavily charred oak barrels -- the result being a smokier dram than the original. And while the Black Label is aged for 12 years, Johnnie Walker Double Black carries no age statement. On the nose, Double Black offers aromas of peat smoke, oak and dried fruits. Take a sip and notice more of that smoke, plus some pleasant tropical fruit notes, vanilla and spice. It’s quite drinkable, with an easy-going mouthfeel and a dry finish, but it’s a bit heavy-handed on the oak, with lots of char coming through. (10/3/11)"