Barclays Blended Scotch Whisky is made from specially selected vattings of wood matured whiskies, containing spring water drawn from a remote Highland Glen.
Barclays tried and trusted formula guarantees its consistency and unique character – true to the proud tradition of whisky craftsmanship developed over many generations.
Deep amber, mahogany lights
The nose is rich and rounded, with good whisky identity and well-integrated aromatics. The top nose is estery (pear drops, acetone), which indicates a substantial quantity of Speysides in the blend. It is lightly sherried, and there is a trace of peat smoke, suggesting that some Islay malt has been used.
Water opens up the aromas, bringing out the fruity, estery character and developing an attractive freshness. This is balanced by a distinct scent of treacle, which suggests maturation in Sherry oak casks. The maturity of the constituent whiskies comes over in light wood shavings and cardboard notes.
The mouth feel is smooth and viscous, full and rich. The primary taste is sweet, with a hint of smoke in the finish. The overall taste is sweet, with a hint of smoke in the finish. The overall taste recollects the toffee noted on the nose, indeed, the flavour is a good extension of what is promised by the nose. The finish is lengthy.
Barclays is a first rate whisky, in blind tastings it would rate as a deluxe. It has a richness which can only be described as “old-fashioned” and which has been blended out of most premium-standard blends today. Although there is no statement of age there can be no doubt that very much older whiskies have gone into the mix.
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