Dewar's 8 Year Old Ilegal Smooth

Dewar's 8 Year Old Ilegal Smooth

(0.75l, 40%)

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A smoother, herbaceous Dewar’s finished in premium Mezcal casks.

John Dewar Sr. founded the company in 1846. But it was when his two sons — John Dewar Jr. and Thomas Dewar took over the business that it really took off. The lads expanded the brand into a global market leader by the end of the century with attention to detail, a fine product, and quite frankly some brilliant marketing. Along the way they pioneered the technique of "marrying" where a blended Scotch is re-casked to allow for a period of aging together. And there have been a few mergers and acquisitions along the way, but the company is now owned by Bacardi who largely leave them alone to work their magic across six major Scotch and Single Malt brands.

Dewar’s 8 Year Old Ilegal Smooth is one of two in their eight year-old "Smooth Blended" series of special editions. The Spirits starts with Dewar’s signature While Label blend of up to forty Single Malts and grain Whiskies. But they aged twice as long as normal (eight years). And this is where the "illegal" part comes in, because they finish the blend in ex-Mezcal casks from Oaxaca’s Ilegal Mezcal Distillery. The extra aging does wonders for the smoothness and the ex-Mezcal casks add an herbal earthiness.

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Dewar’s Whiskies have won more than 400 international awards in twenty countries.

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Antique Gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
On the nose you’ll fine a sweet smoke, wet grasses, chopped herbs, and nice oakiness.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate opens with sweet honey and florals before revealing note of lemon, peppers, and leafy greens.

The finish is medium length with a hint of green pepper.
Ratings & Reviews
Classic Dewar’s with more accented sweetness, smoke and herbal/citrus highlights. An improvement over white label, and definitely more than a novelty
An improvement over the regular Dewar's, probably even better than the 12 year-old, but still NOT a great dram.
Interesting flavor due to the Mezcal aging. Good for the price, but probably not for everyone.
Really good for the price point. Smoke flavor from the mezcal barrels is tasty, albeit a little thinner than the smoke of a peaty scotch.
Great smoothness but very peppery after taste
Mildly interesting. All the hallmarks of Dewar's are there, but the nose and finish are different. Pleasant, actually. Frankly, it's more complex and interesting than it's parent blend (White) and it costs less... Definitely give it a try if you see it on the shelf.
A well balanced, very easy scotch to drink. Not overly smoky, not too sweet and a little sour. For the price, it’s great!
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