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J&B Rare

(70cl, 40%)

J&B Rare

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J&B Rare Bottling Note

A back bar favourite blended Scotch whisky, J&B Rare has long been a go-to for whisky fans across the globe, particularly in Europe. Following the end of Prohibition in the USA, J&B Rare was created by Justerini & Brooks to appeal to the American palate, hitting shelves in 1933. The blend itself is made with a combination of 42 Scotch single malts and grains, with a generous portion of Speyside whisky at the expression's core. Perfect for using in mixed drinks and cocktails.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: A medium-bodied nose with hints of walnut, toffee apples, cedar wood, orange zest and malt.

Palate: Balanced and rounded nose - lots of fruit here, with a little toffee and malt.

Finish: Medium finish with oak and cinnamon.

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J&B Rare Reviews

The best cheap blend out there

simply honest clean spirit with no e150 seems like vanilla creamy apple toffee some citrus and oak better than cragganmore imho

23rd October 2020

J&B, Dewars White & Famous Grouse.

I tried famous grouse and Dewars White Label this year, all available on sale frequently. All of them ended being withing about 4$ here in Canada, can be found 6-8$ off when on sale. I got me a 40 here for 40$cad after tax which is usually 48 here. All i can do is compare the three described. Growse and Dewars were more smokey, J&B was simply easier to drink drunk.

J&B smells more like tequila, but mixes lighter and with less smoke. I can see why people say J&B has a more vanilla note than the other two, it drinks more like a corn whiskey than the other two and mixes better with coke than them also. Growse & Dewars White both always mixed with a white viscous film on top of the Coca-Cola that you can swirl and see suspended in the glass, from the added smokiness i assume. J&B is quite thin, and more corn/grain colored & golden.

All three are cheap scotch blends, J&B is better as a mixer for the casual whiskey drinker, wheras Grouse & Dewars is better neat if you care to drink cheap whiskey neat i guess. Ive tried 12 year scotch and still i prefer it with cola, the smokiness and spice is usually less offensive. I dont see the value as a young cheap drunk, I think i like the smokiness of the others as much as i like the drinkability of something lighter in a mix. i think all three score about a 7/10, no scotch has WOWed me yet, but Dewars is nostalgic cus i think my old uncle drank it, because smells seem to have a strong tie to memories.

All of them score about a 3/5 and i find it hard to rate cheap scotch higher, even though i drink it all the same. Drink the good stuff first, then drink something cheap when your drunk in the face, i always say. If you drink neat, i cant get past the tequila taste, but im told anise is roasted similarly and thats why, and theres no anise ofc.



29th September 2020


Love this and great value ...

18th August 2020


I was weened on J&B and still enjoy it. Drink all night and never have a hangover.On the rocks or with soda water it is wonderful

17th July 2020

Cheap but good

Where I live it is cheaper than Johnny redbut is much better tasting

19th June 2020

Cheap but good

For the money it is unbeatable, much better than Johnny red and about the same price. Superb mixed with soda. It needs to be mixed with soda, but other than that it is extremely good.

19th June 2020

Good whiskey darn it.

A bit watery but nevertheless... some Scottish honey. Really folks. I have the money to drink 18 Glenfiddich each and every day that allah has supposedly bestowed upon me, but, I want to get a drop of this each and every day my fellow human beings. Yes. IT IS GOOD.

28th May 2020


My palete say No😀

24th May 2020

Better than most big name blends.

I think its my new daily. Swear its gotten better. Bit more character. Easy easy to drink. At this price point only white horse competes. A nice surprise

5th October 2019

There is a reason this is so cheap

I have found that if someone feels like they are getting a deal on the price the quality of the product is elevated in their mind. How could this whisky be 3.5 stars (which is the same score Glenfiddich 12 year old, arguably the most popular scotch whisky in the world, has) this whisky is great if you want to get drunk and have less then $30 to do it with.

19th September 2019


One of the best blends I've ever tasted.

16th August 2019

A favorite most of the week

I truly enjoy this scotch. I prefer my single malts, but this is affordable. I'm 70, I don't taste well, I get a lot of taste from this scotch. I put it way ahead of other "jug" scotches.

29th July 2019

Fire Water

-Oh yes, be pre paired for some reason this Whiskey taste like 100 proof. Some like it hot. cheers-

2nd July 2019

Is This The Best Affordable Scotch.

Flavor Notes-Lemon Peal , grain and Perfect Smoke.Its a Blend so we can taste some very good Scotch in here,and some slightly cheaper grain whiskey.Incredible $ bargain in the 1.75.

2nd July 2019

Very good for it's price

First of all, everyone has different tastes, and the only way to find out for yourself is to buy a pint bottle and taste it yourself. J&B Rare isn't a 12 year old single malt, nor is it nearly as pricey. But for me, it's affordable and easy to drink, neat or on the rocks. I've tried most other affordable blended scotch brands that are available in my area, and whenever I see a blended scotch I haven't yet tried, I'll buy a bottle to sample, but I always come back to J&B Rare. It's been my "everyday" whisky for decades. On the nose it has light fruit, vanilla, and smoke, and it's taste is lightly sweet, with a little spiciness, and it's aftertaste is very short.

12th May 2019

Enjoy the best affordable scotch...neat and on the rocks

What a great whisky for an affordable price specially the beginners, take a shot and you surely amazed to its very fine taste in a palate and finish it good...have it now w/ one box ...your hard earned money deserve to have this scotch, love it neat and on the rocks...

1st April 2019

good blended scotch very easy to drink. good for someone new to scotch or a every day sipper with a meal.

light sweetness with oak and spice a little smoke and caramel.

10th February 2019

Light blend, fruity and floral

Very pale yellow colour. Nose is dried plumes and floral notes. Tastes like dried fruit with a woody, smokey background taste. Medium-short finish. Light palate/body, almost watery. Overall a good blend, I'd recommend it for beginners. I wouldn't mix it, cause it is very light so it might loosen the taste too much. Not bad.

10th January 2019


The older metal screw cap bottles are lovely with good smoke. The new plastic cap ones are different. The same applies to Ballantines finest. The older metal cap ones have smoke. Perhaps it the cost of Islay malt now. Anybody else agree??

1st January 2019

J&B A Blend for the Ages

This blend has been around since 1749. It is easy to see why it has been so successful. A light but vibrant nose gives way to subtle citrus and almond notes with a hint of smoke in the back. If you acknowledge that this is as a blend made for mixing with ice or soda, you will be pleasantly surprised that sipping it neat is also an enjoyable experience for the little you pay. Truly a legend. Cheers.

19th August 2018


Try Cardhu.

19th August 2018

See below

Drinkable neat but a fantastic mixer

16th July 2018

Great mixer

Amazing. I just mixed this with bitters and soda water and it was absolutely phenomenal. No joke. Very tasty. This will be my go to mixer. Wouldn't drink it neat but that's reserved for pricier candidates.

25th June 2018

Won't buy a bottle; will buy a drink at the bar

When I'm at a bar I always opt for a low-ranked blend and soda. I just don't need to spend $12 for a shot of the good stuff. J&B is not great, and certainly not drinkable neat. But I admit I do like it mixed with soda. It's an odd combination of flavors for a scotch but it's interesting as a cocktail. I'd buy a bottle of Teachers any day over J&B. But if you see it behind the bar it'll do in a pinch.

1st February 2018

The worst alcohol on earth

This might easily be one of the worst whiskeys on planet earth. I understand it is a scotch whiskey, but I would much rather drink jim beam over this garbage. The flavor profile reminds me of wintergreen chew spit and the nose is quite smokey. Doing waste your money and if you must have a scotch i would go with the glenlivet 12 year as it is affordable. Don't ruin your scotch experience with this.

16th January 2018

the best of the light and sweet

Of the light, zero-peat blends, this is to my palate the finest --- sweet, refined, balanced with real character and some depth but little complexity from malt and zero from peat. Some spice and more than some citrus, as others note. The cereal grain component is thankfully very low for this kind of blend. Poor man's versions of this, and not as refined or sweet, would be Cutty and to a lesser extent, say, Ballantine's. It is the full opposite of blends like the markedly peaty JW Red, White Horse, and Teacher's.

26th November 2017

Light beginner whisky, good value

Light drinking whisky, little watery, seems to be a hole in the tasting experience. I'm more of an Islay drinker though so I expect a lot of flavour in my whisky. Great for sharing with a newbie. definitely better smoother than a red or black Walker.

20th November 2017


This is one of the finest with amazing taste and soothes your senses right after first sip.

7th October 2017

At the low price. .Excellent Test & Quality

I like it.

11th July 2017

Good batches are quite good bad batches are not

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

Nice drink, quality product, good price.

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

Not worth the to be called Whiskey

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

Alberto Viloria

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

what I think to J&B Rare

J&B Rare is good quality, it's smile good

1st September 2016

A respektable blend.

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

Not good.

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

Not that good

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

Solferie Old is better...

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

A good quality whisky, really enjoyable.

Very drinkable full flavoured scotch, thanks.

28th December 2015

Gives Black Label a run for its money

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



12th October 2015

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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