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John Barr Red Blended Scotch Review



Country: Scotland 
Brand: John Barr Red
Type: Blended Scotch Whisky
Age: NAS 
ABV: 40 %
Date: 04/04/2013

Colour: Golden Amber

Nose: The usual - and not very attractive Nose you will find so often in Bottom Shelf Blends. Lots of sharp Grain Alcohol, Toasted Grain, Wood Shavings, Malt, not quite so fresh Vegetables, Fruit and (Shell) Fish, Soap, Aniseed, Toffee and unidentified Spices.

Palate: Watery and Bitter-Sweet with Sugary Sweet Grains, Pepper, Green Oak, Nut Casks, Malt, Alcohol, Industrial Honey and Licorice.

Finish: Short with Sugared Grains, Wood, Licorice and Pepper.

With some added Water you remove most of the Sharp Alcohol and the off-notes from the Nose. However, not much else is left as well. On the Palate and in the Finish John Barr Red hardly tastes like whisky anymore. 

Rating: 68.5

Nose: 17.5 - Taste: 17 - Finish: 17 - Overall: 17


General Remarks: John Barr Cumming was a whisky trader from yesteryear. His family background dates back to the Speyside region in the 19th century. The Brand became known in 1977/1978 when it replaced Johnnie Walker Red Label  in the UK following the EEC ruling on pricing and taxes. At that time the EEC ruled in favour of the free flows of goods and JW's owners at the time (Distillers Co.Ltd) decided to vastly increase the JW prices, effectively pricing itself out of the market for a while. Almost immediately, Distillers Co.Ltd introduced John Barr Blends with very similar quality, packaging and bottles in order to keep their customers satisfied. Eventually, the Brand name was acquired in 1986 by John Barr & Company of Glasgow, part of the Whyte & Mackay Group. The John Barr Blend was created by Richard Paterson, W&M's Master Blender. Speyside Malts are said to be at the heart of this Blend of 40 Grain - and Malt whiskies. John Barr Red sells at between 15 and 30 US Dollars. There are also Gold, Black and Blue versions of this Blend.


Drinking Experience Neat: Below Average.

Drinking Experience On the Rocks: Below Average/Okay.

Conclusion: I usually buy a bottle of cheap blended whisky every once in a while because I need to refill my empty miniature bottles after having tasted the original contents. After refilling they are then carefully placed in my nice wooden cabinet that decorates one of the walls of my little whisky corner. I believe the John Barr Red is very suitable for that purpose. And that purpose alone!

Jan van den Ende                                                                          April 2013