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.
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.
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.