Scotch - Blended

Dewar's Scratched Cask White Label Blended Scotch Whisky

From: Scotland Liquor Review Category: Blended Scotch

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Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2015
  • 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.”

As the name might suggest, the company John Dewar and Sons was founded in 1846 by founder John Dewar, Sr and his sons John, Jr and Thomas Dewar. The began in 1846 as a seller of spirits and began experimenting with what turned out to be very popular blends. They were the first company to offer its scotch in bottles rather than simply casks. They went through a series of ownership changes--as many companies in Scotland did--in the latter half of the 20th century. They were finally sold to Bacardi in 1998. Today they own a number of different, well-known distilleries (themselves under the umbrella of Bacardi) that contribute to their blends as well as producing their own single-malts.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 1 rating and 1 review.
BDanner BDanner (105) (2015-11-17)
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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