Scotch - Blended

J&B Rare Blended Scotch Whisky

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  • 2006
  • 2015

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J&B Rare blended scotch is one of the more recognizable brands of whisky around. Blended in London, they claim that over 42 whiskies go into their blend. It's heart is in Speyside scotch, giving it the famous peat reek overtones so many associate with scotch.

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This bottle has 11 ratings and 11 reviews.
Tango Tango (376)
Rating: 3.7 (2017-07-21)[Updated Review]
J& B Rare Scotch surprised me. Diageo has now increased the quality of this scotch while neglecting it for the less few years. The complex nose was smoky peat,malty caramel with faint hint of citrus. The entry is warming with palate of citrus, caramel , malt,with heated ending of smoke, peat and honey.
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KaiserSoze (2017-03-09):
Do you drink this neat or on the rocks?

Tango (2017-03-09):
I drink it neat.It is much better now. It previosly had been on sweet side with chocolate note. This new version has no sweetness or chocolate note.

KaiserSoze (2017-03-10):
I don't believe I've ever had it neat. But I always enjoyed it on the rocks (especially for the price). Other than Johnnie Walker (excluding Red Label) I usually don't drink blended Scotch nest,

KaiserSoze (2017-03-10):
NEAT, but will have to give this a re-visit. Sorry for the 2 part comment, but I wasn't able to edit the first one.

KaiserSoze (2017-05-30):
I've never had Black & White so I can't compare, sorry.

KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (477)
Rating: 3.5 (2017-05-30)
I always try to find the good in everything and this is no exception. We have to remember this is a mass produced blended Scotch Whisky, so of course, it’s not going to have the flavor and refinement of a quality single malt, or high quality blend for that matter. After doing some research, this Scotch is meant to be mixed (with either soda water, cola, or ginger ale). I personally enjoy it in a classic Scotch Highball with ice-cold Perrier. The flavor punches right through the soda water with a nice sweet, subtle smoky flavor, perfect to be enjoyed on a hot day. I think it’s decent when drank neat, but it’s a little too cloying and grainy for me. This stuff is far from perfect but also far from low-grade swill. Don’t set the bar too high and enjoy it with your favorite mixer and I think you’ll be pleased!
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Review Comments
Tango (2017-05-30):
How does it compare to Black And White Scotch for you ?

Shmotch Shmotch (117)
Rating: 2.0 (2016-03-13)
Bottom shelf Scotch. I wonder if Lemon Pledge was one of the blends used. Like many cheap blends, meant to be mixed more than drank neat, if I was stranded in an island with a case of this stuff, I would definitely mix with salt water to improve the taste...
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nashdaq nashdaq (28)
Rating: 2.0 (2015-02-15)
This is basically an mix and stir whiskey to mix with coke or pepsi or something like that, cause it has a sweet body, lemon-citric after taste, not so strong flavor that it's really a soft whiskey to drink alone, but with a little cola, it tastes good, i know that whiskeys are supposed to drink straight, but this specially i preffer it mixed
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rolugomi rolugomi (36)
Rating: 2.0 (2015-01-09)
Definitely malt and wood on the nose. Grains. More on the palate, with just a hint of smoke. Lemon throughout. Finish is brief to moderate, and very nice. Quite smooth overall. Water brings out more malt and grain
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Filthee Filthee (74)
Rating: 1.0 (2014-10-15)
This was the first scotch i ever tried 10 years ago and it turned me off of scotch for years afterwards. Now that I have tasted and drink better scotch I went back to give it another chance and still feel that it just about the worst tasting drink I have ever encountered, I wouldn't even use it as a mixer
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mct (2015-08-14):
Tasted like water infused with Carton/Box chips

tigertankii tigertankii (4)
Rating: 3.0 (2014-05-01)
Sweet for a scotch. Has no offensive or reminding values. Good with some ice. I have not yet tried mixing it. (Scotch mixed = WTF?)
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derkerderr derkerderr (73)
Rating: 1.0 (2014-01-28)
Barbaric! Left an ashtray and furniture polish taste in my mouth for a while. Barbaric! This is the worst liquor that I have had the displeasure to consume. Barbaric! Barbaric! simply barbaric....
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mct (2015-08-14):
You are 100% correct. For this kind of money i'd still go for Cutty Sark or The Famous Grouse :)

Edith MaGoo Edith MaGoo (83)
Rating: 1.0 (2014-01-27)
This is absolutely the worst liquid that I've ever put into my mouth. It literally tastes like what you'd expect if a decomposing cow were somehow liquefied and bottle. horrendous. The only type person who could drink this would be dyed in the wool alcoholics.
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mct (2015-08-14):
It has that "Hoarder's House Smell". YUCK.

magezi magezi (72)
Rating: 4.0 (2012-03-08)
This is good for the price. Light, lemony and somekind of liqourice taste. Number one in USA, not bad at all!
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ehotonic ehotonic (21)
Rating: 3.0 (2011-09-07)
If I could, I'd give this 3 1/2 stars. For a blended scotch, I still think J&B is more balanced than its counterparts -- it won't blow you away with smokiness or smoothness, but it's great as a mixer for its balance, and I still enjoy a glass neat. My buddy's take on it is that "it's inoffensive", which is really not what you want in almost any whiskey, because it means it has very little complexity and spiciness. However, I'll say it's balanced, and not as artificially smokey as, say, Johnnie Walker Black.
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