Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth

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  • Distiller:

    Various

  • Bottler:

    Dewar's

  • ABV:

    40%

  • Age:

    8 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: An interesting twist to a mid-level Scotch. The rum barrels help with the sweetness and cuts down on the smoke and peat flavors. A true Scotch lover might not like the sweet flavors but I really enjoyed it as I'm not a huge peat fan. I personally like to taste more than just smoke.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: A rounded, butterscotch sweetness gives it weight. At 80-proof and affordably priced, it's a very sessionable Scotch.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Rum powerhouse Bacardi acquired Dewar’s in 1998; they should have done this years ago.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The taste is fruity with touches of grilled pineapple, coconut, and banana balanced by hints of white pepper, ginger root, lemon zest, and a bit of molasses in the background that adds a nice complexity.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: To call Caribbean Smooth straightforward would be an understatement, as it’s a fairly one-note experience that leans heavily on chocolate and caramel notes. That said, it’s a perfectly pleasant one, and if you have a sweet tooth you’re likely to gravitate to it significantly — especially with a price tag like this.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Not amazing, but perfectly approachable. It's interesting, and would also work fine enough mixed, perhaps in place of rum for an interesting take on some classic cocktails.
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  • Intro:

    Distilled by Dewars, aged for 8 years, and then finished in Caribbean Rum casks, this release is faintly reminiscent of Balvenie's Caribbean Cask, though it sells for about a third of the price.

  • Nose:

    Very sweet and fruit forward. Caramel apple, honey, praline and a touch of pear. Not super unique from Dewars typical profile, though the rum does appear to squash a bit of the light smoke that comes in Dewars blends.

  • Taste:

    Thin on the palate. Sweet cream, a light rummy caramel character, a bit of honey and vanilla bean. Sweet for sure, no heat.

  • Finish:

    Short finish, though pleasantly sweet. Cream, caramel, light toffee notes and some brown sugar.

  • Overall:

    Not amazing, but perfectly approachable. It's interesting, and would also work fine enough mixed, perhaps in place of rum for an interesting take on some classic cocktails.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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