Scotch - Blended

Dewar's Scratched Cask White Label Blended Scotch Whisky

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2015
  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2016

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Dewar's White Label scotch was first produced in 1899 and remains their most popular brand of scotch. The White Label "Scratched Cask" was first introduced in 2015 and uses ex-bourbon barrels for aging that have been scored or "scratched," presumably to bring out greater oak flavors. In the press release, Dan Pilas of Dewar's mentioned "We’re giving Bourbon drinkers who are looking at the Scotch space a bridge for that transition.”

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This bottle has 2 ratings and 2 reviews.
Cranecreek Cranecreek (245)
Rating: 3.3 (2017-01-27)
BDanner gives a very accurate description of this Whisky. I am not too sure I like the attempts at crossovers both on the scotch side which is more prevalent and also on American Whiskey doing single malts. This Dewar's did have some stronger oak notes and more Vanilla sweetness than some. But I was also annoyed by a rather "hot" aspect during mid palate and in the finish. I actually compared (ounce for ounce) to "Benchmark 8" and found I preferred the latter. I am sure there are Scotch whiskys that I would find to be very good, but I cannot justify the expense.
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  • - KaiserSoze up voted your review on 2017-01-30.

  • - Muncher up voted your review on 2017-01-28.

  • - BDanner up voted your review on 2017-01-28.

  • - paulie777 up voted your review on 2017-01-27.

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Review Comments
KaiserSoze (2017-01-30):
Thanks for your comment on the High West Rendezvous Rye – great whiskey! Given your taste in whisk(e)y, I think you’d really like it. While a little on the pricy side at just over $50 bottle, I think it’s worth every penny. The marriage of the 2 rye blends is perfect! My opinion would be to skip their Double Rye altogether. While very solid, it’s somewhat similar to both Bulleit and Dickel and is quite a bit more. Another great Rye I’ve recently reviewed is Whistle Pig. However, that clocks in at $80 and while is phenomenal, I feel is a little overpriced. Cheers!

BDanner (2017-01-31):
As evidenced by the fact that my original bottle is still 3/4 full, this will never take the place of a good bourbon. I do enjoy it from time to time as a change of pace. When I reach for a pour of scotch now it's usually Monkey Shoulder or Black Grouse.

BDanner BDanner (364)
Rating: 4.5 (2016-10-13)[Updated Review]
Wow. I think this is a perfect whisky to introduce Bourbon drinkers to Scotch. The nose on this is peaty and smoky with a hint of Elijah Craigish vanilla/caramel. I'd say the nose is 75%Dewar's and 25%Bourbon. Neat it enters with a hint of bourbon and then a hefty dose of smoke (more than the standard White Label offering) and old leather. Mild tingle on the finish with that hint of bourbony vanilla making a re-appearance. A long lingering smoky chocolate sweetness (think dark chocolate cupcakes with no icing) coats the tongue. Also hints of black coffee. Drop in a cube of ice an this turns into a pedestrian blended Scotch, You lose the bourbon from both the nose and palate. Chocolate notes still there on the finish but much subtler and not as lingering. Definitely recommend this one neat. This is the best whisk(e)y purchase I've made in a couple months. Perhaps my inexperience with Scotch (it was a real palate challenger) has caused me to over rate this, but I really enjoy it. It's taken a place at the back of the cabinet with my special occasion sippers.
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  • - Muncher up voted your review on 2017-01-28.

  • - paulie777 up voted your review on 2017-01-27.

  • - Tango up voted your review on 2017-01-27.

  • - Cranecreek up voted your review on 2017-01-26.

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Review Comments
Cranecreek (2017-01-27):
Your review was mostly the reason I tried this one, and try as I might I still think that for the $$ I paid for this I could have had a much better "Bourbon", as we have discussed.

paulie777 (2017-01-27):
As a strictly bourbon drinker, I will try this one because of your review. looking to get into scotch, this will be my starting point I guess.

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