The first time I tried Dewar’s was on an Emirates flight to Australia back in 2011. It was the first time I heard of the brand. Dewar’s is a brand that has a bigger presence abroad and really pushed in the UK. The 12 year old is currently being stocked at Tesco’s but that has only happened over the past 2 years. This one is made up of over 40 malts and the main malt component is Aberfeldy. I always keep an eye out for entry level blends just in case I discover a bargain and I wanted to remind myself what this tasted like and how it stands up to other entry level blends.
Whisky: Dewar’s White Label Blended Whisky, 40%
Nose: Fruit cake, vanilla, grain, toffee, toast, smoke
Taste: Grain, butterscotch, berries, dark fruits, oak
Finish: Short and bitter oak
Summary: This is a decent blend but I can think of overs that provide a better experience at a lower price. Grain dominates this and although I get hints of those speyside characteristics they just don’t really come to the fore. In turn this makes it quite a simple blend, there is some smoke in the background but it is all too light. I think the Famous Grouse and Scottish Leader are more characterful than this.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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