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Barclays Blended Scotch Whisky review

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Barclays is a brand by JG Distillers Group (founded by Colin Barclay in 1991) in East Kilbride, Scotland. They export single malt, blended malt and blended whisky to 40 different markets overseas and are expanding, according to this story by Daily Record. Barclays Extra Special Blended Scotch Whisky is one of their best selling products, along with brands such as Highland Chief and McIvor.

Barclays Blended Scotch Whisky review

I am not a big fan of blended whiskies. Barclays won’t make me like them more either. I must say, it is surprisingly smooth, but it is still a decent blend, offering some of the usual bad sides of blended whisky as well.

A SENSE OF FREEDOM not quite there

So, what can I say about Barclays blended whisky, that I haven’t said about blends before? Not much…it’s a typical blend with little bit more smoothness than some others of its kind.

The movie reference was hard to find so I’ll just use this Glasgow based movie called A Sense of Freedom. Mostly because it’s title has been translated to A Bitter Trip to Freedom in Finnish. And this whisky is mostly bitter. And the movie has an actor named Barclay in it.

Colour: Golden amber
Nose: Bit stingy, yet quite mellow. Oak is the main note. Some berry kind of bitterness.
Taste: Watery and light. Very hard to find any taste, bit spicy, nutty and oaky.
Finish: Very bitter aftertaste with medium length, I guess…
Balance: Easy to drink but not offering much. Simple and light, a whisky for fast consumption.


Bottler: JG Distillers Group Brand: Barclays ABV: 40%
Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.


  1. Yonah says:

    I couldn’t agree more and I think you got it quite right, man!
    I’m having it right now & I needed something for fast consumption anyway because of my tooth ache! The bitterness is in unison with my pain.
    I had much worse for the money!

    • Johannes Lindblom says:

      Nice to hear that, sometimes just a cheap blend will do! Cheers or should I say slainte!

    • Antonio Corredor R. says:

      Enn realidad, no existe berbida que pueda doblegar un dolor de muelas. Es algo terrible que requiere intervención rápida. El whisky comentado, para mi, como bebida “de diario”; es totalmente aceptable. De hecho , es suave y agradable de tomar.

  2. Antonio Corredor R. says:

    Lo aproveché en oferta y me lo serví en vaso largo con agua. No lo había probado antes. Pienso que por su precio, es totalmente aceptable. Yo diría que es un whisky “de diario, ” ideal para tomar mezclado con agua, agua de coco y para otras mezclas como whisky sour. Es similar y hasta mejor que 100 Pipers o Clan Mc. Gregor standard.

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