Overall rating
65.74/100
votes
123
Whiskybase ID
WB136221
Category
Blend
Bottler
Justerini & Brooks Ltd. (J&B)
Bottling serie
A Blend Of The Purest Old Scotch Whiskies
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010103800259
Added on
03 aug 2019 1:31 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 21.61

5 × in wishlist

123 × member ratings

279 × in collection

Whisky reviews for J&B Rare

26 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 65.74 points.

  1. VLG scored this whisky 51 points Member Senior

    51

  2. SimondeVette scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    A bit flat and standard. If ignoring the chemical parts, not that bad.
    • Nose
      Toffee, flowery, some smoke, citrus, chemical (iodine), vanilla
    • Taste
      Nutty, citrus, vanilla, toffee, coffee, wood
    • Finish
      Mostly flat, a bit chemical

  3. PanJurant did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    • Nose
      Light smoke mixed with sweetness, toffee and little vanilla note in it. I would also say that grain is coming up after few moments. Quite ok, but nothing more, but i have a feeling like smell of wet ground or wood is also there.
    • Taste
      Smoke is still here, combined with spiciness and sweetness which is rather weak. From pros, alcohol is not dominating.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste shows up a bit of oakiness and nuts. I was expecting strong bitterness but was nice surprised i haven't found it in this price ranged whisky. Well if Caol Ila is in this blend then we can see how much it improves JB quality, short finish leaving smoky note which stays with us a bit longer. Overall, one time i will buy next bottle for sure but who knows when :)

  4. CellarToberi scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Fast straight narrow legs and slow secondary ones. Water pushes up the grainy notes on the nose and the fruity and spicy notes on the palate to the decrement the other notes. Decent quality/price ratio.
    • Nose
      Restrained. Simple. Nutty: almonds, hazelnuts. Grain: sweet corn, biscuits, malt. Fruity: compressed, ripe older fruits. Floral notes. Older casks notes: more decayed fruits with less vanilla. Hints of smoke: charred oak and slight peaty notes. Earthy: slight sulphury notes: petroleum.
    • Taste
      Sweet on the front: vanilla, sap, nuts and zesty citrus fruits on the midpalate, pepper on the back. Light tannins. Very light saltiness. Smoky notes. Muted and light bodied. Compressed.
    • Finish
      Short: compact spiciness. Pepper, oak. Hints of dried fruits. Woody: bitterness, tannins, nuts. Smoky: lingering light peat. Surpasses the palate.

  5. Falang scored this whisky 47 points Expert Senior

    Light, sweet, walnuts, hint of oak, caramel and vanilla. Bit medicinal at the back. Bit weird. There are better cheap blends in this price range. Designed for fast drinking (in my opinion).
    • Nose
      51 51
      Vanilla, cereals, bit walnutty. Young, bit medicinal, hint of solvents. Caramel.
    • Taste
      41 41
      Sweet, hint of spices, even a bit bitter (orange-peel-bitters?). Walnuts. Burned caramel. Not a lot of depth unfortunately. Bit weird... Watery.
    • Finish
      48 48
      Soft, dry, sandy, bit bitter, not a lot of evolution.

  6. Travelller scored this whisky 50 points Member Senior

    50/100

  7. Malthead19 scored this whisky 55 points Connoisseur

    - 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
    • Nose
      sharp smell of alcohol
    • Taste
      sharp alcoholic taste in the beginning, remains very alcoholic
    • Finish
      short burning finish;
      short sharp aftertaste

  8. Chesterfield scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      70 70

  9. Svjatogor scored this whisky 36 points Expert Senior

    weird (unpleasant) notes: rubber, burned plastics, rotten fruits, alcohol.. bud relatively smooth in mounth, for low price

  10. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 55 points Super Administrator

    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.

    RATING: 1.9/5.0 stars ≙ 55 pts → INFERIOR [-]
    • Nose
      60 60
    • Taste
      50 50
    • Finish
      55 55

  11. NLopes16 scored this whisky 66 points Newbie

  12. punchbowl scored this whisky 65 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      66 66
    • Finish
      65 65

  13. jankes scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      68 68
    • Taste
      69 69
    • Finish
      67 67

  14. JacobaEd scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      75 75

  15. Andytka3 scored this whisky 63 points Connoisseur

    N- Honey and citrusy, nutty, dry wood with a little heat. P- Grainy with lots of sweetness on the palate, peppery comes and go.
    Minimum wood influence, with coffee bean and light earthy smokes.
    Astringent, otherwise balance and gentle on mouthfeel.

    F- Light and simple, oak spiciness remains.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      70 70

  16. Halem scored this whisky 51 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      47 47
    • Taste
      49 49
    • Finish
      43 43

  17. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Not the screamer in its price range, but you can if necessary be considered as a nightcap for beer.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, nutty-sweet, cereal ... not bad at all, unfortunately there is still a youthful and brittle solvent note on the half nostril
    • Taste
      I've been sucking on it for a while, there's chocolate, spicy, bitter ... benevolent association: cheap brandy beans with pepper
    • Finish
      it stays bitter and (slightly) hot for a while

  18. Matt80 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Strong vanilla,woody, custard, green apple, banana, porridge. It becomes creamier with a drop of water.
    • Taste
      Creamy vanilla, wood spice, weak mouth feel, wood smoke. It gets a little spicier with a drop of water.
    • Finish
      Medium, spicy, creamy

  19. Peter87 scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      63 63
    • Taste
      64 64
    • Finish
      58 58

  20. Ivynor scored this whisky 45 points Expert Senior

    An appalling product at a distressing price.
    • Nose
      A nice nose of alcohol to burn
    • Taste
      Iodé, very present alcohol. A note of lemon, very very slightly woody. Grain
    • Finish
      Final humus, undergrowth, with the iodine more present. The whole burns and dries.

  21. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Apple nose, grain. Mouth grain, grape. Basic Blend.

  22. erogers scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      Vanilla creme, baking spice, oak, pepper, citrus, chopped walnuts.
    • Taste
      Smooth, with walnut, marshmallow fluff, caramel, and vanilla.
    • Finish
      A bit more vanilla-marshmallow, with a spicy, mossy, peppery fade.  Perhaps an extremely faint wisp of smoke at the very end.

  23. drkrylov scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Distinct nutty note. There are hints of fruit and dry wood, a citrus character and a little barley.
    • Taste
      There are notes of berry fruits, hints of cut fruit salad and caramel.
    • Finish
      Quite short with a touch of oak and spice.

  24. drkrylov scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      60 60
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      60 60

  25. drkrylov scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

    Europe's most popular Scotch whisky. This is a blend of 42 different whiskies, created by J&B, Justerini and Brooks.

  26. irrerelevant scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol, grappa, some sherry ?, a hint of smoke, very light, mild, lots of cereals, "typical blend", but not so sprightly, light fruit, hard pineapple, grape, unripe pear, soap? is ok for the price, from time to time very yummy

  27. BottleBox scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    As a blend not really bad if you do not forget the price. On the sunniest days I would rather use it for Irish coffee or for baking / cooking.
    • Nose
      Sweet, honey sweet, a hint of acetone and a slight floral touch
    • Taste
      Strong, spicy and bitter. No trace of honey sweetness
    • Finish
      Relatively monotonous and a slight echo of the acetone from the nose

  28. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 63 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      66 66
    • Taste
      65 65
    • Finish
      44 44

  29. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 63 points Connoisseur

    tastes like liquid fire, too peppery for my liking

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