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Launched in 1884 by a newly established whisky merchant called James Buchanan, this blended Scotch was originally called ‘The Buchanan’ blend, it was sold in a black bottle with a white label. Drinkers stopped asking for the whisky by name and started referring to it as ‘Black and White’.
In 1879 James Buchanan moved to London to work as a sales agent for a firm of whisky blenders and brokers. In 1884 he set up James Buchanan & Co. to establish his own blended Scotch whiskies, using his own name as a personal guarantee of quality.
Released 17th October 2013, the last of three blends in the first Johnnie Walker’s Trade Routes series, inspired by the epic journeys made by the Walker family and their agents, navigating their way along the world’s trade routes. The royal route being from the Far East to the Mediterranean coast.
After its launch in 1988, this peach liqueur schnapps became the fastest growing drinks brand in the UK market. This innovative product has spurred a whole drinks category that did not exist prior to its launch. Its distinctive frosted bottle and litho printed graphics have been much copied.
Spin-off from the monumentally successful bar of the same name: a coconut liqueur made in the UK and based on Caribbean rum, neutral spirit with flavouring (it is not disclosed as to whether this is natural or not) and sweetened with sugar (we presume as nothing to indicate otherwise).
Britain’s best-selling scotch is blended from up to 40 different whiskies. In 1994, Bell’s gained an eight year age statement but this proved short lived and was dropped a few years later due to a lack of aged stocks.
The number four Blended Scotch Whisky in the world, J&B Rare comprises a blend of some 40 different whiskies. This blended Scotch whisky attracted an A-list following in the 1960s including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.
This blended Scotch whisky was created when William Sanderson, a blender in Leith, produced 100 different blends and asked a panel of tasters to choose their favourite. Obviously, they preferred blend, or vatting, number 69 and he started marketing the brand in 1882, originally in port wine bottles.
Launched in April 2014, J&B Urban Honey is based on J&B Scotch Whisky infused with honey. Why ‘urban’? Is it made with honey collected from urban bee hives? We suspect not. More likely the marketers thought urban was ‘cool’.
Introduced in June 2014 and aimed a travel retail (duty free), Smirnoff White vodka is chilled to -6°C and filtered through charcoal. The distinctive bottle has a clear “cut-glass” base which turns milky white towards the top of the bottle.
Launched in 2009, this is one of a range of products branded after a mythical Tennessee gentleman called Jeremiah Weed. Despite the “Southern Style” name (in this case looking somewhat Asian) this sweet tea liqueur is made and bottled in the UK. Best served over crushed ice – think iced tea.
Produced and bottled in the UK, rather far from the brand’s marketing suggestion of USA’s Deep South, with a “Gentleman” and the “Sour Mash” term possibly cheekily hinting at another Southern gentleman. Made with fruit alcohol (16.5%), Bourbon (4.9%) and flavourings.
Launched in 2011, Jeremiah Weed Root Brew is made with fruit alcohol (19.4%), spirit (1.6) and flavours. The man himself, the namesake of the company, apparently lives in the mountains of Kentucky. And Elvis lives near my mum!
An adaptation of what was originally known as Smirnoff Nørsk, this is the Smirnoff 21 vodka blend flavoured with an berry flavour essence. Smirnoff Nørsk was flavoured with distillate of Nordic berries and had a pale blue hue.