Blended Scotch whisky brand Dewar’s has launched Double Double, a range that it is describing as its ‘first big innovation for five years’.
The small-batch whiskies are made using a four-step ageing process, whereby the single grain whiskies and single malt whiskies are aged in bourbon barrels; then the grain whiskies are blended and aged together, as are the malts; the grain and malt blends are mixed together and aged again, before the liquid is finished in a sherry cask.
There are three products in the range, with each one having been finished in a different type of sherry cask.
Dewar’s Double Double 21yo (46% abv, $90/50cl) has been finished in oloroso sherry casks, leading to a fruity profile of oranges, melons and raspberries, alongside sweeter salted caramel and shortbread, and almonds.
Dewar’s Double Double 27yo (46% abv, $160/50cl), meanwhile, is finished in palo cortado casks. This has resulted in a fresher, more aromatic profile boasting jasmine, cut grass, apricot, orange-wine funk and a touch of sandalwood.
Finally, Dewar’s Double Double 32yo (46% abv, $250/50cl) is finished in Pedro Ximénez casks. There’s a touch of smoke in this dram, notes of treacle and orange sauce, dark chocolate griottines, chamois leather, a hint of rancio and a tropical-pineapple-cube note.
‘Since the 1960s, since single malts have been commercialised, blends have taken a bit of a sideline, so this is our response to say that you can get something very complex in blends,’ said Dewar’s global brand ambassador Fraser Campbell.
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