Whisky Review: Dewars 25 Years Old
Category: Blended Scotch Whisky
Origin: Various malt and grain
Bottling: Dewars, Travel Retail (initially)
What they say:
A meticulous search of the cask inventory revealed an intriguing array of fine aged malt and grain Scotch whiskies aged 25 years and older. Each cask was individually sampled and assessed by Master Blender, Stephanie MacLeod before being chosen. Once MacLeod was satisfied that she had a perfectly balanced flavour profile in the DEWAR’S House Style, the specially selected casks were blended together and then filled into oak casks for an additional period of maturation, a process pioneered by DEWAR’s, known as double-ageing, to add more depth and enriched smoothness.
During this extra period of maturation, the disparate characters of the malts and grains are allowed to interact with one another and mellow further. In an extra step unique to the new 25-year-old expression, the whisky was then filled into a set of freshly disgorged ROYAL BRACKLA® casks for an extra period of finishing.
According to MacLeod, “DEWAR’S 25 is endlessly smooth, rich and elegant. Awakened on the palate: the sophisticated whisky is glorious in its harmony and balance, gently revealing layers of rich fruit, floral notes and delicate honey, with a hint of smoke to finish.”
Fraser Campbell, Global Ambassador for DEWAR’S comments “Disclosing the ages of our blends allows discerning whisky drinkers to choose an expression with a maturity and flavour profile that matches their own character preferences. DEWAR’S remains committed to age statements as a sign of craftsmanship and quality. In a world where aged stock is increasingly rare, we are proud to display an age on the front of our bottles”.
The age statements that DEWAR’S proudly proclaim on its bottles are not merely numbers; they’re
a guarantee of the age of the youngest whisky found within the blend. Each bottle’s age statement is an assurance that it holds an authentic and precious piece of time-honoured taste.
According to the latest reports from the IWSR, DEWAR’S is the fastest growing premium blended Scotch in the world, defying current global Scotch trends. DEWAR’S is also the world’s most awarded blended Scotch with medals for quality, taste and innovation to-date. Adding to the vast list of awards to support this, DEWAR’S 18 Years Old has been crowned best blended Scotch (under 21 years) at the International Spirits Challenge 2017.
DEWAR’S 25 Years Old is bottled at 40% ABV and priced at $225. The new expression will be available from October 2017 in Global Travel Retail followed by a gradual roll-out into key domestic markets.
What I say:
The latest blended whisky expression from the house of Dewar’s features the 25 year old age statement as it reinforces their commitment to age statements. This particular expression has been blended using stock of a minimum of 25 years old into the signature house style blend, then is subject (as are Dewar’s other blends) to further marrying in oak casks, before this expression was specifically finished in ex-Royal Brackla single malt casks.
Dark copper gold (12/20), slow and loose medium-sized tears leave medium-fine legs
Sweet honey, delicately spiced, orange peel and oil, cinnamon, reminds me a little of Christmas and those dried orange peel and cinnamon stick decorations, the cereal aroma is quite gristy and consists mostly of malted barley, very mealy and almost savoury, porridge, flapjacks before more fruits are added to oranges including apple, pear and pineapple.
Smooth liquid or runny honey, a balance of sweet and savoury like real heather honey, creamy in mouthfeel with cereal barley, oak wood and some gentle woody spices like cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled on Portugese custard tarts, full bodied and mouth-coating, there is a gentle wisp of smoke like burning loose tobacco leaf.
Medium-long, slightly drying with tannic spices gently presented on lingering honey and cereal grain smoothness.
I was very impressed with this blend from Dewar’s, easily drinkable and well-stocked with flavour even presented at 40% ABV, this is worth spending a little time with as it has mileage in the palate as would be expected with all the wood tinkering that has helped develop this blend into something pretty well structured whilst retaining its signature Dewar’s smoothness.
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