Dewar’s Scotch Whisky

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Dewar’s was established in 1846 by John Dewar Sr. and has been producing high quality whiskies since then. The product is being blended in Dewar’s own distilleries in places such as Aultmore, Macduff, Royal Brackla, Aberfeldy, Craigellachie and Speyside, in the Scottish Highlands. There are numerous factors that could affect the flavor of whisky. Hence blending should be done only by a skilled master blender possessing a refined palate and nose which would help to balance the natural inconsistencies of whisky. Whiskies usually come in grassy, fruity and peaty flavors which could be influenced by the location of the room it is stored, aging and the cask wood. Similar to wine, whiskies have a seemingly endless number of flavor profiles. This is the reason for single malts having consistency issues while a blend would eventually stay the same for years to come.

Dewar’s White Label –

White Label

This is the least expensive product in the Dewars’ line up of products. A 750ml, 80 proof bottle would cost only $23. The taste of the whisky seems that the product has been in the cask for at least 3-4 years. In fact, a Scotch conforming to this price category is not meant to be drunk straight than as a cocktail. Here is how the White Label would stand up.

Nose – A bit of ripe pears, lemon and a hint of butterscotch. Overall, it is light and fruity with a bit of grain spirit.

Body and Palate – A little creaminess without mouth-coating. Some notes of lemon, peat and honey. There was a hint of vanilla when a few drops of water was added to it.

Finish – Very quick finish with a bit of honey. This means the product is best suited for cocktails or to have with a cube of ice rather than taking it at room temperature with a drop of water. The cocktail section of Dewars suggest the White Label for cocktails and the 12 and 18 years old on the rocks. After all, the product is neither great nor bad, and for such a low price you cannot expect more. The White Label is versatile as you could drink it straight but not that strong. In fact, it would be best for punches, cocktails and mixed drinks in my opinion.

Dewars’ 12 Year Old

Dewar's 12 Year Old

Even though the 12 year old is only a few dollars more expensive than the White Label, it offers a blend of 12-year old whiskies producing a much superior result than the White Label. The 12-year old would cost only $29. The process of double-aging employed by the Dewars 12-year old is one of the biggest differences compared to the White Label. A combination of single malts and grain whiskies are carefully blended, and the resultant composition is ripen in oak barrels for an additional six months time. Previously used and very old barrels are used in this process in order to prevent the wood of the cask imparting its flavor on the whisky. The different levels of esters in the mixture would interact during such time. The consumers would thoroughly appreciate the mouth-feel of this whisky than the White Label.

Nose – Sweet lemon, honey, light vanilla, curd, a little fruit, but light overall.

Palate – Light creamy and there is a bit of burn on the tongue. But it is smooth with caramel sweetness and a touch of peat and smoke. Adding a few drops of water would help to round out the flavors noticeably. You need to specially try it.

Finish – Smooth, thinner with a slight lemon aftertaste. Surely, an upgrade from the White Label. I would definitely pick this one over the White Label considering the low price difference between the two. More suitable for the sophisticated drinkers out there.
Dewars’ 18 Year Old

Dewar's 18 year Old

Queen Elizabeth II granted a Royal Warrant to John Dewars & Sons Ltd., since 1955, for their Dewars 18 Year Old. This product is double-aged, 40% above and 80 proof in nature. The base is served by 18 year old whiskies.

Nose – Toasty vanilla, honey and well balanced.

Palate – Light smokiness, creamy and toasty with honey. A bit of marzipan which is definitely luscious and rich. Very good flavors overall.

Finish – The full finish is toasty and warm with a touch of oak and biscuits. The product would outperform both the 12-year old and White Label for that matter. For almost 3 times the price of the 12-year old whisky, I wouldn’t expect anything less than it. In fact, it is one of the best blends in the line up of Dewars’ whiskies on the market.

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