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Europe's most popular Scotch whisky. This is a blend of 42 different whiskies, created by J&B, Justerini and Brooks.
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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I bought my first bottle of this stuff around November. I was very surprised at how good it was. It tasted exactly like I'd imagine a quality blended scotch should taste. Better even. That perfect sweet with peat easy to drink blend...BUT the bottle i bought last week unfortunately doesn't taste like the same thing. I've found so many of the cheaper blends are inconsistent which i guess is to be expected because it's going to mixed but it's unfortunate for people who notice. It tastes the way a pencil erasor smells, and is completely missing the character of my earlier bottle. I believe sulphor is to blame for that particular foul taste. I wish i still had some to compare the two side by side. Anyways if you're wondering why this beloved blend tates like crap, the casks are not hand picked like maccalan and there's bound to be some duds with such mass production.
14th April 2017
Quite a pleasant blended scotch, for me it's one small ice cube and about 15% filtered water, like the nose and flavor, just lightly chilled after tiny ice bit melts. My daily scotch. Otherwise it's Lagavulin 16 or JWB straight up, little goes a long way, I rate these two my favored, followed closely behind by J&B.
9th April 2017
If you enjoy good Whiskey, do not under any circumstance purchase this product, it is the worst tasting swill there is, trust me I made the mistake of buying a bottle of this, word from the wise.
14th February 2017
Blend muy Cítrico pero balanceado, hay que saberlo tomar, dejando reposar un poco por que tiende a ser fuerte, por eso es muy bueno para las mezclas.
5th January 2017
Frukter, nötter och en lätt rök ger en fyllig blend. Gammal 1749. Funkar ännu som en perfekt vardags whiskey.
10th November 2016
J&B Rare is good quality, it's smile good
1st September 2016
This is the best blend in the market in Sweden today. The oldest too. IT is a blend so you van Neverland campare IT to a single malt.
11th June 2016
Needs a lots of ice! Scotch is a diverse drink, meaning one scotch may taste totally different than another. Personally, I like scotch that has a smokey flavor with peat- this lacks both. Price is cheap, but not enjoyable to me.
7th June 2016
I don't understand how this came to be the best seller in Europe.
30th May 2016
Solid blended scotch. Would use it as my daily scotch, not as a "quality" scotch.
3rd May 2016
Well, the only Scotch blend that get approvel in books. Well Done really.
9th March 2016
Okay I'm clearly missing something, all I got was an aftertaste of old pipe tobacco.......will use for mixing....
28th January 2016
Very drinkable full flavoured scotch, thanks.
28th December 2015
Black Label is (was) my Go To blend. Not any more! I bought a bottle of J & B - and it was nearly half the price of Black. Certainly not quite as complex, long lasting or deep - but, for me, has the same smooooooth liquid caramel and butterscotch taste, with a spicy kicker. Welcome back old friend!
14th November 2015
NOW HAVING THE 3rd PEG....AND U NOW WHAT...THE SMELL / AROMA...IS THE BEST....
12th October 2015
I love it
24th August 2015
Malo, igual que el Ballantine´s. Whiskys de gama baja.
23rd August 2015
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
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
17th June 2015
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
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
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
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 habitWhat is not to like.Fintan
29th March 2015
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
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
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
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
one of the worst whisky ever made, made for mixing so you do not taste this foul drum
8th September 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...... YUCK....to 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
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
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
J&B Rare is a great tasting blend. Quite friendly with fruity gentle flavour. It goes particularly well with ginger ale.
3rd August 2013
This is a good blend, basically its like a slightly better, more refined version of Bells.
31st May 2013
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
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.
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
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
Reasonable price for a great blended scotch. Great drink that does not kick your head the day after.
5th March 2012
Very good for the price. People who like to drink Scotch frequently butwant 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
5th July 2011
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
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