Dewar’s 25 Years Old

Dewars 25yo bottle and box

A new (or rather old) kid has appeared on the Dewar’s blended whisky block; Dewar’s 25yo which will replace Dewar’s Signature. It’s a pretty big move, y’know, replacing a no-age statement whisky with a one that has big juicy numbers on it. More and more these days that trend is the other way round. And Dewar’s ain’t being shy about that at all. Indeed, Fraser Campbell, Global Ambassador for Dewar’s said, “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”. Fair play.

Dewar’s 25yo has been, like the other expressions in the range, double aged. In other words, once the blend has been created, it has then been allowed to mature and marry for a second time in casks before being bottled. With the 25yo, however, there has been a second period of double aging, this time in freshly disgorged casks from Royal Brackla, one of several distilleries in the Dewar’s portfolio. Will it make a difference? Let’s see.

Dewar’s 25 years old
Blended Whisky
40% ABV
$225 coming soon

Nose: Remarkably bright and fresh for a relatively old whisky, with lemon meringue, peach cobbler, vanilla yoghurt, sugared cornflakes and sawdust. Underneath there’s a bit of Eccles cake, cinnamon, and vaguest whisper of woodsmoke.

Palate: Rather silky, with honeycomb, Werther’s Originals, toffee pennies and sweet pastry dough. There’s some citrus with dried orange peel, and some depth with cask staves and dry, singed leaves.

Finish: Gentle smoke lingers, with old logs and a toffee sweetness.

Overall: A really well structured blend. The light citrus balances nicely with the gentle spice and smoke. I’d have perhaps expected the whisky to have been bottled at a higher strength but it’s a very pleasant drinker as it is. It’s due to be rolled out into Global Travel Retail from this month, and will start making its way into key domestic markets thereafter. Considering today’s spiralling prices, $225 (or whatever that is in real money) really isn’t bad for a 25yo blend, and a damn good blend it is too.



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