Dewar’s 25 Year Old is a new premium blend that will replace Dewar’s Signature in travel retail. They are replacing a NAS expression with an age statement, that’s nice to hear.
Composed by Dewar’s master blender Stephanie MacLeod, this has been finished in freshly disgorged casks that previously held Royal Brackla single malt (which is also part of this blend). A single malt finish? Not sure there’s proof for the claim that this adds extra smoothness (or anything else).
Dewar’s 25 yo (40%, OB 2017, travel retail)
Nose: bright and juicy. Plenty of honey, peaches and stewed pear. Pineapple as well. Lemon pie. Some leathery notes. Vanilla cake. Hints of frosted cereals and waxed oak. Nicely done.
Mouth: a bit light and thin, although this could also be named smooth indeed. Some toffee notes, orange sweetness, vanilla and honey. There’s a slight grainy edge but overall none of the roughness that you sometimes find in blends. Evolves towards cinnamon and ginger. The lightest whiff of smoke.
Finish: medium long, on mellow oak, mirabelles on liqueur.
A good blend actually. I especially like the aromatic nose, whereas the palate could have used a bit more oomph. After a travel retail period it would also be rolled out to certain domestic markets.