Blended Scotch whisky brand Dewar’s recently unveiled a new iteration of its 12 year old expression. Sporting a new look and feel, it is said to have been “taken to the next level with a whisky that balances complexity, flavor and smoothness.”
The revamped Dewar’s 12-Year-Old Blended Scotch Whisky, according to those behind it, showcases up to 40 of Scotland’s single malt and grain whiskies. It is doubled aged in hand-selected, first-fill American oak bourbon casks, with the new expression having been crafted by Dewar’s Master Blender Stephanie Macleod.
“Curiosity has been at the cornerstone of the Dewar’s brand since John Dewar created the first whisky in 1846,” said Macleod in a prepared statement. “And that sense of curiosity has carried through to how my teams and I develop our whiskies today. It was only natural to experiment and craft a new element to the maturation process, which has resulted in a distinctly different tasting experience.
“Having been experimenting with the influence of cask types on flavor and texture for the last ten years, we knew the time was right to bring some of what we have learnt to our core range of whiskies. We wanted to take Dewar’s 12-Year-Old to the next level and bring the joys of quality Scotch whisky to a new generation of drinkers.
“Dewar’s whiskies have a characteristic floral and honeyed-style and we knew we could add a richer and more complex dimension through the use of first-fill American Oak Bourbon casks.”
The new Dewar’s is presented in a new, premium clear glass bottle at 40% ABV with a modified base, label and enclosure. It prices around $30 per 750 ml bottle. Official tasting notes make mention that it has “an aroma of apple, ripe peaches and hints of lemon zest; followed by floral, spice and rich fruit notes; with a robust finish of vanilla, butterscotch and a wisp of a smoke.”