Dewar’s has unveiled Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth, an 8 Year Old Port cask finished blended Scotch Whisky. The new offering from the Bacardi-owned brand showcases the lush flavors that are crafted when Scotland meets Portugal in a bottle.
Marking the brand’s 175th anniversary this year, this new iteration of the Dewar’s Cask Series features Dewar’s 8 year old double-aged blended Scotch Whisky, finished in ruby Port casks. Following the successful launches of Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth Rum Cask Finish and Dewar’s Ilegal Smooth Mezcal Cask Finish, the third edition in the brand’s double-aged blended Scotch cask-finished series reflects the brand’s passion for harmoniously bringing together unexpected flavor traits for a richer taste and experience.
Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth features flavor notes of freshly sliced ripe apricots, honeydew melon, red cherries and black currants drizzled with heather honey – all enveloped in rich creamy notes of vanilla.
“The whisky category has a certain mythology of its own, replete with traditional conventions. We created the Dewar’s cask-finished series to break the mold and evolve those traditions by bringing two product elaboration cultures together – in this case from Scotland and Portugal – to create something richer,” explains Brian Cox, Vice President, Dewar’s Scotch Whisky, North America. “Though we can’t travel to the Highlands of Scotland or the Douro Valley of Portugal this year, we crafted Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth to engage all those with wanderlust and curiosity. The brand has long been driven by a natural curiosity and, with 2021 ringing in our 175th anniversary, we hope that Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth will inspire people to look beyond the obvious, or their ‘usual tipple’, and to discover a new whisky that will enthrall the senses and delight the palate. It is about enjoyment, not rules, and through this we are certain that this great whisky will challenge some preconceived notions of what standard blended scotch whisky is about.”
“With its full bodied yet refined mouthfeel and unique flavor profile – which features subtle notes of stone fruits, dark red fruits and honey – Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth is designed to be a veritable celebration of the two cultures of Scotland and Portugal,” says Stephanie Macleod, Master Blender for Dewar’s. “Thanks to a unique production process where the 8 year old scotch is double aged for extra smoothness and then finished in casks that previously held fine ruby port wines, Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth has a satisfyingly unusual, yet super smooth, taste that is ideally enjoyed anyway you like – be it neat, on the rocks, in a highball or as a great alternative to beer and wine for food pairings. It’s really about your mood, time, place and company – be it in person or remotely.”.
Signature cocktails include The Spiced Tonic Highball and The Ginger Highball, which reimagines the classic highball with a refreshing blend of stone fruit and baking spice flavors.
Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth 8 Year Old Port cask finish will be available for the price of $21.99 per 750ml bottle and will retail in fine wine & spirits retailers nationwide.