J&B Rare is a low-cost Blended Scotch of rather insufficient quality. The nose is sweet and fruity with a pervasive and unpleasantly dominating toffee note. Although said to be slightly peaty, I couldn't detect that. Drunk neat, the youthful harshness of the spirit turns into indistinct and sweet spiciness. There is a metallic aftertaste, and the grain whisky is doing an awful lot of work in this blend. Mixed with Coca Cola, the dominant toffee does not harmonize with the sweetness of the drink. To sum up, I did not enjoy J&B Rare - neither neat, nor as a mixer.
At first taste, very similar to The Famous Grouse, but there’s a nuttiness along with notes of pepper and citrus that make J&B markedly different. The malt snob in me wants to criticize this blend, but it’s really not bad at all. It’s one of the few blends I actually enjoy sipping neat.
- a whiskey that is more likely intended for cocktails or "enjoy" with ice cream - at 16 € you can't expect much and it's coming not much either except burning alcohol - fights for the red lantern of the with JW Red Label "well-known" cheap Scottish blended whiskey
sharp smell of alcohol
sharp alcoholic taste in the beginning, remains very alcoholic