Much like my first installment of talking about the uber-pleasant Scotch-whiskey, Dewar’s, I got my latest bottle of awesomeness for a special occasion. While the first blog on Dewar’s 12 came as a gift for Christmas, my new bottle came for my birthday this past July.
The bottle: one step above the Dewar’s 12-year, the Dewar’s 18-year. Frankly, after having my first shot of this whiskey, I wonder if there’s a way I’ll be able to match the gift. It’s everything you love about Dewar’s, then add 18 years of malts and grains from Scotland and BAM! You’ve got yourself a true gentleman’s beverage.
According to the Dewar’s website, the double-ageing process allows the blended Scotch whiskey to mature a little more in its vintage oak casks, allowing the flavors to hang out and create that smooth, lingering finish. The website also claims an “exceptional whiskey” when referencing Dewar’s 18. My thoughts on that claim: Hell yeah!
When I had my 12-year Dewar’s, I decided to have it as is out of my brand-new Dewar’s sipping glass. With my 18-year, I’ve opted to use another birthday gift to accompany my whiskey – ice-cold rocks. The chill from the rocks opens up some of the more subtle notes that Dewar’s 18 has lingering, just waiting for you to detect.
And when looking into the cocktail options, courtesy of Dewar’s, they know greatness needn’t be altered. Just a dash of chilled water to your Dewar’s 18 will unleash the ultimate flavor blast, bringing forward the notes of honey and marzipan.
If you take a peak at the tasting notes mentioned on the page, you will notice there is a lot put into this spirit. John Dewar and Sons Ltd hasn’t been around since 1846 for nothing. Among the notes you will find in Dewar’s 18-year-old are honey, almond and vanilla cream with butterscotch (Scotch? Yes! The more the merrier), and rich oak and velvet.
It’s full, creamy, smooth and delicious; a perfect blend of everything that is Scotch whiskey and Dewar’s. It’s given me a dilemma I hope I can find a good medium. I want to continue to enjoy my Dewar’s, but I want it to last. Perhaps I’ll ponder this solution as I sip on my 18-year-old Dewar’s.
Dewar’s 18-year Scotch whiskey, in a word: Phenomenal.
Grab yourself a bottle and enjoy for yourself. Cheers – or slainte mhath.
Like it? Hate it? Love it? Let me know. I’m sure you’ll be pleased though.