A Brace of Dewars Blended Scotch Beauties
The mention of the word Blend or Blended drives fear into many whisky drinkers, or snobs as i like to call them, who think the only way forward is single cask single malts, but they are missing out, and missing out big.
For this article i've been looking closely at Blended Scotch from the guys at Dewars, with the 25 year old, currently only available at Global Travel Retail and the 12 Year Old - The Ancestor available from all good whisky specialists.
Both of these drams are hugely drinkable and very tasty, with fruity toffee notes being a consistent in both of them. The 25 year old is a pricey dram, and would i spend that amount of cash on it, i really don't think so, but it is a brilliant dram. The 12 year old is seriously drinkable and i am glad to have a bottle in my whisky cupboard at home.
Dewars 12 Year Old – The Ancestor Blended Scotch
I've been looking at Blended Scotch quite closely recently and there are a number of other reviews to come in the next few weeks, this Dewars 12 year old - the ancestor is todays.
This used to be called "double aged" due to the 6 month marraige process once the blend is made, but thankfully they have seen the light and renamed it The Ancestor, whilst maintaining that marrying process which adds interest and complexity.
Huge toffee and treacle notes, lots of sweet fruits, and some interesting savoury notes make this a great easy drinking dram and one i've drank a fair bit of the bottle of already.
Pick up a bottle from specialists like Master of Malt.
The red tin of thick black treacle, hints of blackberries, touches of liquorice and some butchers spiced rub on a bit of thin steak on a bread roll, French’s American mustard and gherkin.
Seriously tasty, treacle covered fruit salad, hints of wood spice nutmeg and juicy raisins, a hint of cask char and that grain whisky sweetness, weathers original caramels
Quite lengthy, wood spice and mouthwatering fruits
Dewars 25 Year Old Blended Scotch
A 25 year old Blended Scotch is always going to be something i'm going to be happy to give a try of, and this Dewar's 25 Year Old is no different.
The marketing Spiel for this dram which is supposedly double aged drives me crazy. So if double aged was this matured in 2 types of casks or for 50 years as actually it’s double aged. No what they mean is that it was blended and returned to casks again before being finished in ex Royal Brackla casks, but the marketing explanation is a bit odd and confusing, i really wish companies like this were more strictly controlled on the descriptions of the ways in which they are produced and without the involvement of marketing people who don't know their audience.
The whisky itself however is seriously tasty, fruity, malty, oaty, toffee and more, this is complex and really a bit tasty, but the price (around £170 or so) is pretty high for what it is and it's going to be a push for most whisky drinkers to go to over a single malt or even interesting single cask dram.
Thanks to Dewars for the official sample.
Milk chocolate and strawberry cream chocolates from a tin of Cadbury’s Roses, green tins of syrup, hob nob biscuits and even a touch of oaty flapjack, lots of depth and Maltiness in here, touches of cantaloupe melon also and a whisp in the background of dusty cask char.
Juicy, malty fruity, crunchy nut cornflakes, extra syrup, tinned pears in syrup, pretzels
Pretzel and peanut brittle, touch of saline notes