Dewar’s Tasting Notes

Posted: April 16, 2012 in Blended Scotch Whisky, Blended Whisky

Dewar’s Signature 40%

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Dense, mature and fragrant with dusty spice and violets. Quite woody with a distinct, mature Spey-like character. With time hints of citrus, leather and tobacco appear.

Palate: Opens with the soft, dusty, mature spice and luscious honey. Those spices are gorgeously crumbly! Plenty of mature oak and citrus comes through on the middle.

Finish: Long and spicy with lingering violets, mature oak and honey are joined by a smidge of earthy peat.

Conclusion: A beautiful, mature blend with the grain very hidden by the malt.

Dewar’s 12 Years Old 40%

Tasted: Jan 2012

A very reticent and hard nose of crisp grain and brittle honey. With time the phenolic peat arrives, Pleasant if a bit straightforward.

The palate is surprisingly soft and not surprisingly rather innocuous. Hints of peat, crunchy grain and pepper. Ok length. A bit vapid to be honest with the crunchy grain coming through with a slight sugary coating. Pleasant nose, dull palate, just about average.

Dewar’s 12 year old 40%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Dusty barley and herbal aromas –old mint and thyme. Slightly cardboard. Not the cleanest spirit in the world!

Palate: Watery and vague. A slightly industrial character with hints of coffee/ caramel.

Finish: Short, hot and herbal.

Conclusion: Not exactly pleasant!

Dewar’s 15 year old 40%

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Light, boiled sweet sherry and dusty cinnamon aromas with hints of hard barley, orange, honey and a light caramel bitterness. It’s a bit rough at the edges.

Palate: Soft, flat, homogenous sherry, caramel and toffee.

Finish: Short and hot with a spicy bite.

Conclusion: Rough and caramelised

Dewar’s 18 Years Old 40%

Tasted: Jan 2012

Soft, perfumed sherry cask aromas mingle with herbal orange. Quite evocative with a slight phenolic peaty note, but that is kept under control by the thick slabs of malt. With time some burnt wood and crisp grain asserts.

Soft, sweet and juicy on the palate. Plenty of dried date and raisin along with a semblance of peat, but that is kind of muted by the oils. Again for a 40% abv the alcohol is quite piquant and I have to say that the palate fails to live up to the nose. It’s a bit short and predominantly grainy barley on the finish and leaves a sugary after taste. In conclusion – a great nose but a so-so palate.

Dewar’s 18 year old 40%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Deep, honeyed and coffee’d. Quite malty too with dusty, mature oak and violets. Quite woody and lightly peated with hickory, pulped apricot and a slight coastal note.

Palate: Soft but woody with liquorice and light peat. Not as complex as the nose but pleasantly deep with hints of orange, dusty spice and tar.

Finish: Good length with a very salty finish.

Conclusion: Feels like there is some old Springbank or Bowmore at work here.

Dewar’s 18 year old 40%

Re-Tasted: Jan 2017

Nose: Lightly phenolic with a Bowmore-esque violety character. Baked fruit, earth, sweet honey and barley follow. Superbly balanced with subtle grain and oak.

Palate: A little leaner and crisper with more grain showing. However it’s pleasantly mature with baked fruit, smoke, peat and again that Bowmore-esque violety character. Builds beautifully.

Finish: Long and spicy with the light peat lingering and a lovely, salty after-taste.

Conclusion: An impressive blend with just the right amount of peat character.


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