I've had both of these whiskies many times and find that JWB is more "serious" than the basic BB blend. JWB has a lot of things going for it on the palate as does BB but JWB has this caramel/smoke kick to it that I find quite addictive. The BB is a damn good value though at $18 at Binny's. I wait for JWB when it's on sale for $24 and buy it only at that price. Who says you have to spend $40 for a single Mat when you can get these great blends for around $20? Cheers!
mikeymad wrote:Minnesota Malt wrote:but I just wanted to get an idea of which one you guys prefer and why?
back on topic - I liked the black bottle more than the JWB. Not just for the price but for the profile. JWB is a well made whisky, but leans a little bit to the astringent side for me. Now I would much prefer the 10yo Black bottle, but that is a different topic.
In talking with SOI the other day he mentioned that the Black Bottle does contain non-Islay whisky, where the 10yo is an Islay whisky blend. So the 10yo maybe more to your tastes.
I never knew that! "Carefully crafted with a heart of Islay malts..." it says here. So how big a heart does it have? 1%?? 20%?!?
That's a bit naughty...I always assumed BB was all-Islay. Well, their wording protects them from the "consumer protection" act. Damn! A bit like the word "Porbably" that is used to similar effect in advertising, i.e. "PROBABLY the best whisky in the world..."
Where BB scores for me is as a cheap base for less cheap smoking Islay malts...a few drops of Ardbeg transforms a glass of BB!! works a treat...
But H@H with JWB? Different animals. Different moods IMO.
I had a BB for over 6 months and once past half way found I could go no further and never finished it.
Just goes to show how we all perceive things differently.
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