Blended Scotch whisky brand Dewar's has relaunched its 12 Years Old expression in the UK.
The revamped liquid was created using a blend of malt and grain whiskies from distilleries across Scotland and has been 'double aged' in first-fill bourbon casks, which the Dewar's team says has resulted in a “radically richer mouthfeel” and greater depth of flavour.
Stephanie Macleod, Dewar's master blender, said the use of first-fill bourbon casks had added more richness and complexity to the brand's characteristic floral and honeyed spirit.
“Curiosity has been at the cornerstone of the Dewar's brand since John Dewar created the first whisky in 1846, and that sense of curiosity has carried through to how my teams and I develop our whiskies today. It was only natural to experiment and craft a new element to the maturation process, which has resulted in a distinctly different tasting experience,” Macleod said.
“Having been experimenting with the influence of cask types on flavour and texture for the last 10 years, we knew the time was right to bring some of what we have learnt to our core range of whiskies. We wanted to take Dewar's 12-Year-Old to the next level and bring the joys of quality Scotch whisky to a new generation of drinkers.”
Marie Peyto, European brand director for Dewar's at its parent company Bacardi, said: “The beauty of Scotch whisky is the ability to bring the breadth of flavour – as well as the depth of flavour – from the variety of single malts and grains that are used to make it. This new expression of Dewar's 12-Year-Old is the epitome of what a high-quality, pleasurable and indulgent Scotch whisky can be.”
Dewar's 12 Years Old blended Scotch whisky is now available to buy in bars and restaurants, and in Tesco stores in the UK (RRP £31 for 700ml).