Dewar’s latest bottling is a 19 year old blend aged in American bourbon casks — which is fitting, since it’s bottled in honor of the 121st edition of the U.S. Open. I’m not sure this is an effective substitute for being at Torrey Pines, as Dewar’s suggests, but if your TV is large enough, maybe it is.
Let’s try not to dwell on a Scotch producer celebrating an American golf tournament and get straight to the tasting.
Turns out this is an iconic and delightful expression of bourbon barrel-aged blended Scotch, its 19 years clearly evident on its well-developed shoulders. The nose is rich and malty, with more caramel than expected, giving it a depth and silky sweetness that is often lacking in blended whiskies. The palate is bold with salted caramel — there’s plenty of saline in this one — that leads to a well-developed layer cake of chocolate, vanilla, and nougat, baking spice, and some cinnamon-layered applesauce notes. It’s not a particularly fruity whisky, but that’s fine. If you’re the type that wants the apple pie for dessert, look elsewhere. This expression feels built for the creme brulee fan and the chocolate ganache lover. All that’s missing is the mint on your pillow.