Review: Dewar’s Special Reserve 12 Years Old
A cut above standard grade Dewar’s, this 12-year-old blended Scotch is as smooth as they come. Honey is brightest on the palate, and a smoky, tobacco-laden aftertaste lingers on the finish. Light and almost crisp (imagine biting into a fresh apple), this is a whisky that’s best straight up, without water or ice.
At just $24 a bottle (vs. $18 for regular Dewar’s White Label), why would you buy the younger stuff? (White Label, like all Scotch, is required, by law, to spend three years in casks but the bottle itself carries no explicit age labeling.) I’d give standard Dewar’s a B-; though it has the same honey character, it lacks nuance beyond that. It’s considerably harsher, and I think it needs a good splash of water to open it up.
Oh, and lest I fall down on the job: Dewar’s? I don’t even know ‘ers!
A- / $24 / dewars.com
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