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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.

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

Cheap & Good, how can one complain?

All the snobs looking down their noses at J&B should stay quiet. I am convinced there are people in this world who will insist everthing that isn't expensive is bad. They seem to be convinced that cheap always equals gross. Ironically, these are the same people that encourage unscrupulous price-gouging from all sorts of industries.

Anyway, that minor rant aside, J&B is an excellent whisky. Smooth and very palatable. I admit I first got introduced to this label after watching John Carpenter's The Thing (which, for those who don't know, is technically a remake of a 1951 Howard Hawks film!), and out of pure curiosity through possibly unintentional product placement, I found I actually quite liked it! I expected such a low-budget whisky to be quite harsh, which was not much of a concern to me. Still, I was pleasantly surprised to find out just how wrong I was.

J&B is exceptionally smooth. Some might say it's watered down or weak, but I find that rather unfair to claim. It doesn't taste weak, per se, just soft, if that makes any sense. Compared to some other average and common whiskies, which are all decent in their own right, I find J&B unusually... Pleasant.

For the first few sips I had of the first bottle I bought, my opinion was different. More of a "meh" than a recommendation. But, even without getting drunk, something changed. Soon I grew to love J&B, and now it is arguably my favorite.

Yes, that's right, this cheap-o whisky has beaten out all sorts of other high-quality expensive whiskies and become one of my go-tos. It's cheap, smooth, tasty, and 80 proof. What more can you ask for?

Plus, when there's snow on the ground, I can play chess on the computer and feel like Kurt Russel. And you can't put a price on that.

Seriously though, for whatever my amatuer non-snob opinion is worth, I highly recommend it.

29th December 2020

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

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