Dewar’s may be best known for its affordable White Label blended Scotch whisky, but the brand has a formidable portfolio that includes the Smooth series of expressions, as well as whiskeys with an age statement ranging from 12 to 25 years. One of the most exciting developments in recent years has been Dewar’s Double Double range. Introduced in 2019 by Dewar Master Blender Stephanie Macleod, each whiskey in this range undergoes a unique four-stage aging process which culminates in a sherry cask finish.
Dewar’s Double Double 37 Year Old is the latest addition to this range and is Dewar’s oldest expression to date. Like the others in the range, it takes part in a four-stage aging process, this time receiving a finishing touch in Oloroso sherry casks which formerly contained the Aultmore single malt. The problem is that Dewar’s Double Double 37 is a blended malt – it was made from a combination of single malt whiskeys – and, with the Aultmore connection, it specifically pays homage to the Speyside Scottish whiskey region.
This is also the first release in the new four-part collector’s series. Each whiskey will be made from blended malts and finished in a unique way. Future expressions will be released in consecutive years, with the second launching in 2024, the third in 2025 and the fourth and final Collector’s Series whiskey in 2026.
Dewar’s Double Double 37 Year Old was created by Macleod and his team. According to the brand, it features flavors of cinnamon, vanilla and heather honey. Tasting notes include ripe peaches, orange zest and brown sugar, and the finish is smooth, creamy, balanced and complex.
The whiskey has no additional coloring, it is not chill filtered, and it is bottled at 48% ABV. The limited release whiskey comes in a 375ml packaging and is accompanied by a pair of Masséna tumblers from legendary French crystal maker Baccarat. It’s not cheap, at $1,799, but considering all of the above, that’s to be expected.
If it’s any consolation, Dewar’s Double Double 37 Year Old placed 12th on the International Whiskey Competition’s list of best whiskeys of 2023, and it was the highest-scoring blended scotch with 93.8 points.