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Differences Between Johnnie Walker Red Label and Black Label

Johnnie Walker Red Label vs Black Label

From the land of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, a delightful brand of Scotch whiskey was born through the efforts of Diageo, and that is Johnnie Walker. Johnnie Walker is one famous Scotch whiskey. Annually, Diageo sellsl over 130 million bottles. Since many love Johnnie Walker so much, it is considered the most widely distributed brand of Scotch whiskey globally. Among the standard blends of Johnnie Walker are the Red Label and the Black Label.

The main differences between the Johnnie Walker Red Label and Black Label are its blend. The Johnnie Walker Red Label is an 80 proof blend of 35 grain and malt whiskeys, while the Johnnie Walker Black Label is an 80 proof blend of 12-year-old 40 whiskeys.

The Johnnie Walker Red Label is said to be the world’s favorite whiskey. Among all the standard blends of Johnnie Walker, the Red Label remains at the top. Who would not like the refreshing taste of the Red Label? It is a good mix for other drinks. In fact, Winston Churchill and former U.S. Vice-president Dick Cheney loved the Red Label. Winston Churchill loved mixing the Johnnie Walker Red Label in his soda.

The Johnnie Walker Red Label is clear amber in color. When you give it a swirl, thin and fast-moving streaks can form inside your wine glass. The taste of this infamous Scotch whiskey is sweet and has a subtle smokiness due to its peppery spiciness. After drinking it, you will notice plenty of heat. Its aroma is like a rum raisin. The heavy alcohol content can be felt in your nose. Though the Red Label is somewhat peppery, many still enjoy drinking this Scotch whiskey. To lessen the peppery taste, you can add a little water or ice to it.

On the other hand, the Johnnie Walker Black Label is considered to be the ultimate Scotch deluxe whiskey. Its color is deep amber. When you give it a twirl, there are thick and slow streaks formed inside your wine glass. Its taste is very smooth with cinnamon flavors. It is also sweet because of the caramel and brown sugar mix. Unlike the Red Label, the Black Label is milder to drink. You may not need to add any water because of its minimal alcohol sting. But if you add water, you will notice that the Black Label tastes floral. Others find it more interesting to drink if you add water since it improves the taste.

Its aroma smells like vanilla and maple syrup with very a subtle smokiness. Its smell is light and inoffensive according to some reviews about the Black Label. Drinking the Johnnie Walker Black Label is well balanced and smooth. Unlike the Red Label, the Black Label does not provide you plenty of heat.

Though there are some negative reviews about the Johnnie Walker Red Label and Black Label, many still love it. This is evidenced by the million dollar sales Johnnie Walker makes each year.


  1. Johnnie Walker Red Label and Johnnie Walker Black Label are standard blends of the Johnnie Walker Scotch whiskey.
  2. The Johnnie Walker brand is one of the most widely distributed Scotch whiskey all around the world.
  3. The Johnnie Walker Red Label has a stronger alcohol sting than the Johnnie Walker Black Label.
  4. The Johnnie Walker Red Label is clear amber in color while the Johnnie Walker Black Label is deep amber in color.
  5. The Johnnie Walker Red Label has a peppery flavor providing more heat while the Johnnie Walker Black Label tastes like cinnamon and gives only a mild heat.

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  1. Using the term infamous was incorrect. Infamous means to attain notice through infamy.

  2. This article is very poorly written. There are grammatical mistakes, poor sentence construction , mindless repetition of a few basic ideas, and real misinformation. For example scotch is not served in a wine glass!

  3. On July 4 1975, Johnnie Walker Red almost killed me. I drank a fifth in less than an hour, chased it with warm Dr. Pepper. Woke up a day and a half later, bleeding from my ears, and no recollection of the previous month. Never did find my car.

  4. Just drink it and shut the f… up

  5. Clearly written by the brand’s greatest fan, either by taste or by paycheck.

  6. I personally like Red label over the Black label, Black label is a little soft… my pallette. I hated Scotch when I was 20-40’s but after 50 I started to acquire a taste for it – love it now. Never drink more than 3 drinks, any alcohol can kill ya.

    Now lets hear the difference between the Green and Blue labels!

  7. I didn’t know Dick Cheney likes Johnnie Walker. But I do know that Kim Jong Un likes it. Guys who like to blow people up with missiles naturally like smokey flavored beverage.

  8. I see serval guys here write for attention, sad that they never grew up! Guys – just take your clothes off and you will get all the attention you can handle.

    Johnny doe

  9. Macallen 25 year! Nothing better!

  10. Harkens back to Grandpa’. It’s been 70 years, but I can still smell it in my mind, yum!

  11. I have a friend John Walker I just bought him a four bottle dispensary I just wanted to know what I should get him and seeing how I just bought his lady 8 martini glasses I need to find the best Scotch Johnny Walker and I think I’m going to go Ketel One for his lady thanks

  12. I never choked and/or spit up the Red but I did the Black.
    However, if that transitive is okay right there, the Red has a hellaciius aftertaste. I’m still experimenting with the Black, but so far, I’m not experiencing that stale beer aftertaste.

  13. Hey – take a look at the actual label on ANY of the Johnnie Walker bottles. It is spelled W-H-I-S-K-Y. Nimrod.

  14. Red label

    The best work ever by a human being

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