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J&B Rare

(70cl, 40.0%)
J&B Rare

Awards for J&B Rare


Blended: Standard - 2015

The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)


Blended: Premium - 2014

The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)


Scotch Whisky - Blended - 2014

International Wine & Spirit Competition

J&B Rare Details

(Justerini and Brooks)

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(42 Reviews)

J&B Rare Bottling Note

Europe's most popular Scotch whisky. This is a blend of 42 different whiskies, created by J&B, Justerini and Brooks.
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

The nose is of medium-body with a distinct nutty note. There are hints of fruit and dry wood, a citrus character and a little barley. The palate is of medium-body with good balance. There are notes of berry fruits, hints of cut fruit salad and caramel. The finish is quite short with a touch of oak and spice.

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    User Reviews of the J&B Rare

    I love it

    I love it

    24th August 2015


    Malo, igual que el Ballantine´s. Whiskys de gama baja.

    23rd August 2015

    j&b scotch wisky

    3 litre bottle on strand.

    9th August 2015


    Outstanding among the sensibly priced brands BUT where has it gone? It seemed suddenly to have disappeared from UK supermarkets early this year.

    29th July 2015

    can't beat it for the $

    I drank J&B when I was young. Hadn't had it in 20 years (had become somewhat of a whisky snob). I picked it up again and was surprised at how good this inexpensive blend is. Seriously - 95 bucks in US for lagavulin, but I can buy 3 handles of J&B for the same price? J&B is very very good for the money. As another comment stated, it has smoky notes that you will not find in any other blended (that I know of). Worth a try or even a second look if you have not had any recently.

    29th June 2015

    Justerini & Brooks!

    Loving it!

    17th June 2015

    Facing my demons

    I have always attributed this blend with my worst blackout as a young man (before I knew how to use moderation). I remember it being terrible with a lacquer like harshness. Well after traversing taste and nosing notes of many single malts across all regions I challenged myself to face my fears and get a mini bottle and see how it goes. Well in May of 2015 I have to say that this blend really impressed me. My favorite blends were Johnny walker black and Dewers. I actually think that I have a new favourite. Not too harsh with a base flavor that reminds me of Bruichladdich classic. Nice!

    24th May 2015

    Winner in the long run!

    Hard to rate a blend higher than 7. This one was my late fathers choise. It´s now his two sons. It´s one of the oldest whiskies and one that get´s good credit from whiskey books. It´s perfect as a every day drink. If I want a single malt, I´ll choose Highland park 12 or 18 for special occations. Could it be better?

    29th April 2015

    Old and still standing tall.

    It´s hard if not impossible to rata a blend higher than 7.
    This has been a strong 7 for hundreds of years.
    One couldent be better.

    3rd April 2015

    Smokier than I thought

    I got this scotch in mistake for a Jamie in a curry house. I knew it was not Jamie, but was not put off cos curious about whiskey and all other drinks.
    It was lighter to the eye and smoky on the tongue.
    I have routinely rejected all blended scotches since discovering single malts but this drew me up short.
    Bought a bottle in duty free to take stock. An eye opener.
    I may float into old age with a cheaper habit

    What is not to like.

    29th March 2015

    Pretty good

    Look, this is a bottom shelf scotch in terms of price but it's really rather light and pleasant. I'm sipping it over ice now, its 31c outside so the ice is essential. It has its own distinct character - floral, citrus - and that may appeal to your palette, or it may not. I keep a bottle and go to it when I want a break from the heavier smokier, sherried stuff and bourbons (my natural preference). I think 3.5 is about right. Drinkable.

    19th March 2015

    Love it

    i usually drink single malts such as glenlivit 12 or glenfiddich 12. i wanted to give this a try and i was really surprised how much i liked it! Sure its not as smooth but it has a nice flavour. Dont let the price stop you from trying this.

    2nd March 2015

    Taste Test

    I would like to give some of you reviewers a blind taste test. J&B will stand up to Dewar's, or any blended Scotch Whisky. Single malts are definitely better, and some of you snobs probably only buy them. But J&B was THE SCOTCH in the 50s, 60s, and 70s in this country, whether you were rich, or not. I just paid $24 for a bottle, and it is very smooth and tasty straight or with a little ice. That's good enough for my money.

    25th January 2015


    As soon as I opened it, it smelled like tequila and tasted like tequila but didn't mess with my stomach like tequila. It's good with Coke and lemon or Mellow Yellow but not straight.

    10th January 2015

    Good for warm weather

    I like it with a good bit of soda and a twist of lemon. Good warm weather drink. It's light with a slight citrus/ fruit aroma.

    4th October 2014

    do not waste your money

    one of the worst whisky ever made, made for mixing so you do not taste this foul drum

    8th September 2014

    Mr. J&B

    My favorite blended scotch. Has a nice little bite at the end.
    I like it better than Johnnie Walker Red, Dewar's, and Chivas Regal(expensive rotgut in my opinion). Take a Mello Yello soda add two measures of J&B. Very nice drink Call it a Mellow Scotsman

    7th September 2014

    a classic whisky

    This one has stood the test of time. I find it to be crisp, refreshing and elegant yet simple (and I mean simple in a very good way). As long as they don't go crazy with the amount of caramel colouring, this one should continue to be a reliable blend for eternity! I agree completely with one reviewer here: I prefer this over some single malts too. Much depending of course on my mood, wallet etc etc

    20th August 2014

    High Volume Blended Scotch... but a good one

    This is the blended scotch with the best "nosing" ever to me... astonishing complex and various aromas - take a nosing glas and try it.

    Quality is "upper middle class" of young blended Scotch, much less added caramel like in J.W. Red Label, Grants, oder Hankey Bannister , but still not on the level of B&W and Vat69...
    It has a pleasantly light&sweet taste without the typical rough-bitternes of grain whisky... and the blend isnt boring at all, even if goes down so well...I prefer it over many cheap Single Malts... if you more into "Speyside-Style" J&B is the Blend for you... its very easy to drink, even in summer. and I thinks thats why it is so popular in Spain, Italy, France etc.

    15th July 2014

    J&B my favourite blended scotch

    Why is it so difficult to find J&B on sale in the UK but it is available from supermarkets in France & Belguim?

    18th June 2014

    Drink way to much

    I took a slip off of one if my friends bottles but before I ever take a drink I smell it first and it smelled like tequila and I don't really like tequila then I took a swig of it and it tasted like tequila is that normal

    30th April 2014

    Light and refreshing

    I find this blend to be light and refreshing! I taste light citrus, minimal floral and a hint of smoky peat. I do prefer deeper layered blends, and I find Chivas Regal to be a little richer in taste. I really enjoy a single malt on the rocks with a splash of ice water! The J&B experience is light-hearted in comparison!

    4th April 2014

    From a newbie's poin of view

    Now, I don't have as much of a cultured palate, and I'm not as armed with the whisky vocabulary as most of the people here, but I'm not quite sure I'd drink this neat. The nose was quite inviting as it smelled refreshing, but I didn't appreciate it in my mouth. It reminded me of those gummy bears that I'd soak in gin for a day before eating.
    But hey! It's really great with rootbeer or cream soda!
    -M.G. (MNL, Philippines)

    1st February 2014


    What has happened to this old blend, used to be a nice blend with all the qualities you'd expect.... But I've just had a dram of a new batch...... light and to floral with a very strong vanilla finish, there are far superior blends on the shelf for the same price...... I hope they find the error of their ways and get it sorted.

    26th January 2014


    its like a dogs cock soaked in good a good malt ok but you don't want it

    21st January 2014


    This is one of the Best compare to brands even more expensive and surely over rated. I recommend J&B Rare to lovers and amateurs who would like to experiment a smooth and tasty blend of Scoth and Wiskey

    7th January 2014

    Awesome value

    If you like Glenlivet, this is a steal in the States, where it sells for $20. Glenlivet sells for about $40. J and B is half the price and just as nice.

    18th December 2013

    I'm tired of talkin', I just wanna get up to my shack and get drunk.

    If it's good enough for R.J. MacReady when he's trying to cope with a shape shifting alien at sub zero temperatures, it's good enough for me.

    11th October 2013

    Great Value

    J&B Rare is a great tasting blend. Quite friendly with fruity gentle flavour. It goes particularly well with ginger ale.

    3rd August 2013

    J&B Rare

    This is a good blend, basically its like a slightly better, more refined version of Bells.

    31st May 2013

    Great straight

    A petite scotch. If you like overpowering smokiness this isn't for you. It is for those liking a good tasting whiskey that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. In this price range you can't beat it.

    1st May 2013

    Good whiskey

    OK. It's not one tasting like an ash tray or smoked dirt. It's a light tasting scotch. It tastes good. I can't for the life of me think why it gets such a bad rap. It is not overpowering or harsh. It goes down smoothly and has a floral note to the taste. Not a long finish but it's good.

    1st May 2013

    stay true!

    This one is an old classic of a blend; as long as they don't go crazy with the caramel colouring!! J and B Rare should be crisp and fresh. Whats that old sayin'?..Oh, yeah, "If it ain't broken, don't fix it."

    1st March 2013


    Even cheap Cluny is better.

    29th November 2012


    Why pay more for less? This is a good quality Scotch and personally feel if you pay a premium for a single malt your are being foolish. Comparable in quality (not flavor) to Dewars.

    10th November 2012

    I wouldn't buy it, but it's not that bad

    It's bad as far as whiskey goes, but it's still better then most blends out there(J Walker, Ballantines) I would go for Vat 69 or Grant's FR. but beside those it's the best in it's price range

    20th October 2012

    premier leugue scotch for a football league price

    Reasonable price for a great blended scotch. Great drink that does not kick your head the day after.

    5th March 2012

    J & B Rare

    Very good for the price. People who like to drink Scotch frequently but
    want to economies of every day things.

    27th January 2012


    Truely the best scotch on the market, as in this is not a malt fantastic as a long drink with a mixer or truely delicious on it's own and I don't like scotch!!!

    30th October 2011

    j & B 1Lt


    5th July 2011

    G W Low

    I love malt,ever since living in scotland for a period .I find J&B Rare suits my palette the best of all I have tried, It is smooth,delicate with a beautiful aftertaste

    29th November 2010

    Not bad... not bad

    as i write this i am sipping this delightful concoction. J&B have made a very smooth drink for those with a balanced palet. For the money i paid this hastruly surprised me, after some bad choices in the past....Grants scotch whisky to name one. I would rate this up with Teachers highland cream as one of the best blended Scotches for ones money. Buy and enjoy...Responsibly!!!

    26th February 2010

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