Snoof says on July 17, 2023
There's literally nothing artificial about this decent blend...
It’s the start of a project to get to 250 whiskies tried, so I’m beginning at the lower price end with this J&B. It gets a bad reputation but in my limited experience, sometimes these drams work out well. If they didn’t sell, they wouldn’t be made… On the nose then: pleasant! Smoke, more than a touch of peat and citrus fruits. Vanilla appears strongly as the glass warms, almost powdery and then some caramels, but not cheaply so. There’ll be spice here with a cinnamon lozenger feel. There’s maltiness here too and some nuttiness too, right at the end. Very good!
A little thin, then spice and fruit and creaminess coming through. The spice strengthens then sustains through to the finish. I was wondering what this is like: like a lighter-nosed Bruichladdich Classic Laddie in places. Maybe a little astringent, and the flavour profile narrows and goes quickly. If this was in a Bruichladdich blue bottle, I wonder how many people would be fooled? The nuttiness, apparent on the nose, arrives late on the palate, heading to almond, with its little bitterness.
A strange one. Long in terms of the spice and tannins, but short in terms of the other flavours leaving the scene. A little of the caramel lingers on and a smidge of the citrus fruits. This is, as in truth, expected: nowhere near as bad as some reviewers have said. To say it lacks complexity would be reasonable from the taste onwards, but certainly not on the nose. This is a solid blend, with a score dropping, in fairness, as I move through the profile. However, no artificial colouring! Hurray!