Dewar’s comes into its own with a superbly-aged version of their signature Scotch blend.
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.
Most people have never had a chance to taste Dewar’s 18 Year Old. But everyone should because it is a surprising treat. It even took home the Gold Medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition a few years ago. Dewar’s keeps the range simple. They apply their signature blend of up to forty Single Malts and grain Whiskies consistently across the line. But as you move up the shelves, the ages and finishing get longer and the flavor profiles get richer.
The Aberfeldy Distillery is the heart and soul of Dewar’s Scotch and home to their visitor experience center.