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J&B Rare Blended Scotch Whisky, 70 cl

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Eddie agreed to supply Charlie with the new Justerini and Brooks Rare Old whisky, the blend which would soon outsell Cutty Sark. The brand was founded in London in 1831 and took off in popularity in the 1880s when whisky began to become more popular than brandy in London.

J. MacReady (portrayed by Kurt Russell), in the 1982 John Carpenter film The Thing, and is shown drinking it on multiple occasions throughout the film. Recognising this, Andrew Usher revolutionised the whisky industry by blending pot-distilled malt whisky and Coffey-distilled grain whisky to produce the first blended whiskies. Justerini and Brooks’ principal founder, Giacomo Justerini (Giustarini), was a wine merchant from Bologna who was infatuated by an Italian opera singer, Margherita Bellini, whom he followed to London in the mid-eighteenth century (1749).Johnnie Walker, Tommy Dewar and the other great whisky barons were quick to recognise the benefits of branding and marketing their blended whiskies. William Cole and Thomas Walker may not have been so interested in the sourcing of their scotch whisky as they were Bordeaux wines but they hit lucky as their supplier was J. Unusually for a blender, Charlie was a Londoner rather than a Scot, who'd learnt his trade by starting as a 'sample boy' tidying the room where the blenders worked. J and B Rare brings together 42 single malt and grain whiskies and carefully blends them to create a subtle, smooth and complex flavour.

Through Margherita's theatrical friends, Justerini was introduced to George Johnson who invested some of his fortune and took charge of the administration of their new partnership. One of the first projects saw the reintroduction of a breeding pair of black rhinos into Malawi, one named ‘Justerini’ and the other ‘Brooks’. It’s the base of many of those world famous cocktails you try to emulate, adding a subtle sweetness to sours cocktails and bringing out the fruitiness in exotic punch. The blend contains more than 40 individual whiskies, with Speyside malts at its core, and in particular its ‘heart malt’ Knockando, along with Auchroisk.Also sign me up for newsletters so I can get special offers, recommendations, and expert advice to my inbox! Monkey 47 uses wild grown, hand-picked sloe berries from the Black Forest in Germany and each single batch is distilled over a three month period to guarantee a perfectly blended taste. Steamships made exports to the newly independent States possible and Walker appointed a New York agent in the 1840s.

The import duties levied by the British government to help fund the war, coupled with the fighting centred around the very wine-producing areas of Europe they sourced their wine from proved challenging for Johnson and Justerini. In 1962 the company amalgamated with four others to form International Distillers and Vintners Ltd (IDV). Once the second best selling Scotch whisky the world, it is now about the 5th (beaten by Chivas, Ballantine’s and Johnnie Walker (also from Diageo).

The massive group produces Johnnie Walker, Cardhu, Oban, Talisker, Lagavulin, Cragganmore, Knockando (of course), Captain Morgan And Ron Zacapa Rums, Baileys Irish Cream, Sheridan's Coffee Liqueur And Pimms. Traditionally served 3:1 with freshly made lemonade, cucumber, mint and strawberries, Pimm’s has a rich and fruity taste which simply screams summer. Often appears in 1970s and 1980s Italian films, which, in part, probably contributes to the popularity in Malta. By the time the recipe was perfected, sometime in 1932, what was christened Justerini and Brooks Rare Old contained 42 whiskies, 40% of which were malts. It went on to say that he "had plotted a scheme to provide America's best families and most exclusive yacht clubs and yachtsmen with a grade A liquor.

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