Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
John Dewar & Sons Ltd. (JD&S)
Bottling serie
Dewar's Cask Series
Stated Age
08 years old
Rum Cask Finish
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
03 sep 2020 12:26 pm by dewarsaberfeldy

Average value

£ 21.02

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70 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Dewar's Caribbean Smooth

21 users have left 23 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 75.32 points.

  1. Dan0 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    alcohol is present on the nose & palate. it's fruity, but quite simple

  2. drwx scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    To make Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth, Dewar’s creates a blend of up to 40 malt and grain whiskies, all at least eight years old; the blend is then double aged, and finally finished for six months in ex-Caribbean rum barrels, adding even more to the already smooth finish.

    Nose: Tropical fruit aplenty, caramel, and coffee.

    Palate: Sweet coconut with chocolate, pineapple, toffee, and butterscotch.

    Finish: Sweet finish with a definite character from the rum barrel, caramel, banana, chocolate.

  3. PanJurant did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    • Nose
      First quite smooth, that's true. Citrus notes with tropical fruits coming up, then spicy but i would say at some point from alcohol, not just from spices
    • Taste
      Creamy and fruity, banana, citrus notes, toffee and carmel.
      I would say, better than nose. Alcohol hidden quite well here and smoothness really shows up this time
    • Finish
      Spiciness kicks in with milk chocolate, grapefruit and vanilla note. Well the smoothness is not here but its not a problem cuz the finish is not that long and not that bitter. Next sip would be even better. I would say good one for ppl interested about new kind of flavors, for new ones in whisky world might be too spicy even it has smooth in the name.

  4. Andytka3 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    1673) Dewar's, 8YO, Caribbean Smooth, Rum Cask Finish
    • Nose
      N- Beach bar in turquoise blue, fruit punch of orange pineapple, drizzling floral honey and lemon squeeze. Gridlock briefly by muted grains, before give way to white oak shreds and rum sweet spices, weightless liquorice and resinous soaked cotton balls. (85/19)
    • Taste
      P- Smooth as it been dubbed. Genuine sweet malt swinging over to grounded grains. Hue of orange smokes overcoat with yellow lemon and olive green. (86/20)
    • Finish
      F- Short-medium, vatted for light and easy sip, no dense Scotch Mist to solve. Contended with the trace of nuts, honey and chewy ginger heat. (86/20)

      B/B- 86/20 This make an enjoyable daily nip.

      Weighted Rate- 79pt

  5. scuubi scored this whisky 67 points Member Junior

    Soft, fruity and rum on the nose. Taste is straightforward, sweet and maybe a bit fruity. Aftertaste is short and a bit alcoholic. Excellent base for making and Old Fashion.

  6. Voin57 did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Too alcoholic taste.

  7. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    For an entry-level blended whisky, this isn't a bad.

  8. kimmosuo scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      76 76

  9. Danksy scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Decent enough blend to recommend.
    • Nose
      Quite soft and mellow, with caramel, brown sugar and tropical fruits really standing out from the typical Dewar's profile. I'm surprised it smells so much like rum after 6 months in rum casks. Nevertheless, it smells just fine for what it's written out to be.
    • Taste
      Smooth and immediately on the sweet side. Lots of caramel and brown sugar here, plus tropical fruits. The classic Dewar's barebones are hiding just beneath the surface though. This whisky really feels like they mashed two very different drinks together. It's not bad, but not a very finely crafted blend.
    • Finish
      Short and sweet. That is, very much on the sweet side of things.

      Final thoughts:
      This tastes like an honest 8 years in blends plus 6 months in rum casks. It's a decent enough blend where the grain doesn't overpower the palette proper. If you like caramel and sugar in your whisky then dive right in. I would rather have some proper malt though. Oh and this is undeniably preferable to the Tullamore Rum Cask finish (yeah, the so-called XO that tastes about half as old as this Dewar's).

  10. keba9591 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Nice and easy blended scotch with a little rum notes

  11. keba9591 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Nice and easy blended scotch with a little rum notes

  12. keba9591 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Nice and easy blended scotch with a little rum notes

  13. Mapl scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  14. Maga scored this whisky 71 points Member Junior

    Pitky, sweet nose, norms for this money.

  15. MonkeChef scored this whisky 71 points Expert Junior

    Great for the price.
    • Nose
      Intense, Super Sweet, Honey, Canned Pineapple, Vanilla, Apple
    • Taste
      Sweet, delicate, intense honey, tinned pineapple, vanilla.
    • Finish
      short, sweet, vanilla, cereal, oak.

  16. Rubis scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Amazing considering the price point. A lot of hints of a much older grain whisky and the aftertaste is definetely demerara. Didn't expect this at all.

  17. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 68 points Expert Junior

    Nose: rich aroma, ripe apple, caramel, a little smoked oatmeal, hawthorn, salted cheese, lemon soda. Its expressiveness still cannot be denied, and the others have different opinions.

    Drink: Soft body, sweet applesauce, bitter and sweet spices, salty citrus.

  18. The_Osprey scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Dewars Caribbean Smooth 8yo, 40%. Dark golden yellow bordering orange. A drop or two of caramel I'd say. Aroma is papery, grain whisky dominates, there is a touch of rum sweetness and white chocolate but this is a papery underwhelming nose without doubt. Taste is easy, soft clean grain whisky ... as clean, easy and light as whisky can be, there's almost no finish at all. It's really reminiscent of drinking water. I'm amazed at the lack of a finish - I've never experienced anything so short in a whisky. Like the aroma, the taste is also slightly papery and vanilla with a rising peat. The spicy salty peated note does start to rise a little later on. It's not a bad blend but not a good one either. It sits there on your palate expecting you to do something and taking none of the effort on itself to entertain. There's no discernible rum influence in the taste - the rum cask seems to have just influenced the whisky by washing it out. It's not a bad whisky it's just a bit boring. 2.9/70

  19. fnk scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Duvars is good for me and the basic one is not bad for puffing) but this one will be more fun) not bad

  20. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Appearance: Pale to medium golden.

    Nose: Sweet fruits, vanilla, caramel, cane sugar, caramel, pineapple, banana.

    Palate: Sweet honey vanilla, caramel, ripe pineapple, banana cream pie.

    Finish: Honey, lightly peppery. Pineapple cream pie.

    Overall: Sweet and fruity with a definite Caribbean feel to it, with tropical fruits, spices, and rum.

  21. Collegiate scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Nice to see an age statement and a cask finish on such a budget blend, but how does it hold up?

    Well it’s not bad. It’s really hard to tell if there is much of a rum influence. It’s certainly got some sweetness and vanilla to it though. Still some roughness I often get out of bottom shelf blends, but it’s not as rough and undrinkable as many other blends can be. Not unpleasant to drink straight up.

    Overall a decent blend, however you won’t end up thinking you’re drinking the scotch equivalent of Foursquare ;)

  22. r0back55 scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    Strong barley notes, the alcohol is not hidden well, and i don't really find there the rum flavors there.

  23. Alexandr_Zhurov scored this whisky 67 points Expert Junior

    A very soft blend, grains and malt alcohols are equally harmonious, plus rum sweetness and a little peaty flavor, everything is very competently mixed, a great option for its value instead of Jameson, Red Lable and other whiskers in this price range.


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