Dewar’s new aged Scotch draws cheers
Dewar's Blended Scotch Whisky, a brand that is part of the portfolio of Bermudian-headquartered Bacardi Limited, has added to its growing list of accolades.
Bacardi is preparing for robust sales for the new offering, including in Bermuda.
Already the world's most awarded blended Scotch whisky, the reimagined Dewar’s 12-Year-Old Blended Scotch Whisky has been ranked fourth in Whisky Advocate's list of Top 20 Most Exciting Whiskies of 2022, with a rating of 94 points.
It was also ranked the top Scotch whisky of the year.
Brian Cox, vice-president, Dewar’s Scotch Whisky, North America, said: "Since 1846, one of the pillars of Dewar's Scotch Whisky's development and excellence has been the curiosity and spirit of discovery of its master blenders.
“As a brand, we constantly strive to create new ways for people to enjoy our whisky and discover something new along the way. Revamping Dewar's 12-year-old was precisely that. We built off an already great spirit and took it to the next level.
“We are thrilled to be number four in Whisky Advocate's Most Exciting Whiskies of 2022.
“It is indeed an honour to be number four among the approximately 400 new whiskies launched in 2022 and the number one Scotch whisky among the estimated 125 new Scotch whiskies launched: it shows that Stephanie really created something unique and out of the ordinary."
The company said Dewar’s 12-Year-Old is a reinvention of the Scottish brand's signature spirit.
Created by Dewar's master blender, Stephanie Macleod – recently awarded Master Blender of the Year for the fourth time by the International Whisky Competition – the whisky is double-aged in hand-selected, first-fill American oak bourbon casks, allowing the liquid to take on a greater breadth and depth of flavour and a radically richer mouth feel, the company said.
It added that this new liquid showcases up to 40 of Scotland's finest single malt and grain whiskies.
Recognised as one of the leading publications in the spirits industry, Whisky Advocate has given Dewar's a stamp of approval, scoring 94 points, the publication's highest-ever rated 12-year-old blended scotch whisky.
Noting the liquid's silky texture and exquisite flavour, acclaimed whisky reviewer Jonny McCormick particularly praises Ms Macleod's revolutionary process, stating that the first-fill bourbon cask adds "seemingly infinite layers of honey, dried apricot, citrus, chocolate, and soft oak to the tasting experience, interwoven with a wisp of smoke".