Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth Port Cask Finish 8 year Scotch Whisky
Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth is the third release in the brand’s double-aged blended Scotch whisky cask-finished series. The blend is aged for 8 years and is finished in casks that previously held ruby port wine.
3rd limited release of the innovative Dewar’s Scotch Whisky Cask Series. Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth is aged for 8 years and finished for 6 months in Port wine casks. A unique smooth & complex Scotch with deep honey notes and a soft vanilla and nutty rich finish.
Dewar’s is a legend. The famous brand was founded in 1846 by John Dewar Sr. The brand expanded rapidly under the cooperative leadership of his two sons — John Dewar Jr. and Tommy Dewar. Now owned by Bacardi, Dewar’s is famous for pioneering the concept of marrying — assembling a blend and then returning it to the cask to homogenize together. The core White Label has a massive on-premises distribution, making it the most popular Blended Scotch Whisky in the US and fifth-largest world wide.
The concept of Dewar’s 8 Year Old Portuguese Smooth is simple enough. They take their classic eight year-old White Label signature Scotch distilled at the famous Aberfeldy Distillery and finish it for up to six months more in premium Ruby Port casks from Portugal. The intent is to bring a new, complex dimension to the Whisky with more fruit-forward notes and a smooth profile. Thus the name, “Portuguese Smooth.”
This blended Scotch gets aged for 8 years, before being finished in Ruby Port wine casks for up to 6 months. The resulting 80-proof spirit is complex, rich, and smooth with fruit, honey, and vanilla notes.
Appearance / Color:
Nose / Aroma / Smell:
On the nose the finishing brings out subtle cherry notes that emphasize the apricot and honey of the signature dram.
Flavor / Taste / Palate:
The palate is slick with coating notes of melon, more apricot, wild honey, and a dash of vanilla and toasted oak.
The finish is medium-length, warm, and slightly drying.