The latest release in Dewar's annual whiskey launched in partnership with the U.S. Open Golf Tournament, this is "The Champions Edition." This 19-year-old spirit composed of up to 40 grain and single malt whiskies. The blend was aged in red wine casks from Napa Valley, marking Dewar’s first time using non-fortified wine casks during the aging process.
Light grain but full of honey, red fruits, a pinch of pepper and sweet buttercream.
Moderate mouthfeel. Not wildly rich, but there is quite a bit more going on here compared to a typical Dewar's teenage expression. Sweet buttercream, light honey, toffee and a splash of vanilla, plus currants, raspberry and strawberry.
Long. The pour peaks here. The finish sticks around for a good bit and is a satisfying blend of sweet and fruity, leaving the pepper and spice behind to focus on sweet cream, honey and berries.
This is an easy sipper and an interesting one at that.