Aged: 27 years
Product of: United Kingdom
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Dewar’s “double-age” their whiskies by re-casking them for a marrying period after blending. In 2019, Dewar’s Master Blender, Stephanie Macleod, extended this to create her own 4-stage process known as Double Double ageing. This example including a finishing period in Palo Cortado sherry casks.
Four Step Ageing Process
Step 1. Single malt and grain whiskies that will comprise the blend are aged in their respective casks.
Step 2. The casks of malt and grain whiskies are each blended and then re-casked with blended malt and blended grain whiskies continuing to age separately (for approx. 1 month).
Step 3. The blended malt and blended grain whiskies are blended together and then re-casked to age for a third time (for approx. 1 month).
Step 3. The whisky is transferred to sherry casks for a final finishing period – in this case, in casks seasoned with Palo Cortado sherry (for approx. 1 month).
The distinctive squat four-sided “unique trapezoid style” bottle with its debossed print label was chosen to emphasise the 4-stage ageing process.
Bottled without chill-filtration or added caramel colouring.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 15/03/2019
Clear, mid-golden amber.
New leather, cigar box, slight matchbox lighting strip with cinnamon spice. Faint wisps of smoke and ripe peach skin.
Toffee, crème caramel, cigar box elegant oak, and zesty lemon, smoothed with rich honey, vanilla and caramel. Faint smoke and ripe Galia melon.
More delicate smoke emerges on the oaky, zesty lemon and spicy finish.
Honey and zesty lemon with toffee, cigar box elegant oak, vanilla and caramel. Best appreciated neat rather than with water as this amplifies spice and supresses honey and caramel.