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
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 ;)
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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