Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
John Dewar & Sons Ltd. (JD&S)
Bottling serie
The Ancestor
Stated Age
12 years old
Oak Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Nov 2014 12:08 pm by Ailios

Average value

€ 32.32

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172 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Dewar's 12-year-old

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 77.11 points

  1. mr whisky scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    Very good for a blended and for this price.

  2. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Unspectacular and easy drinking, but quite tasty and pleasant. Since this whiskey is regularly on sale for around € 20, I don't have much to complain about. You can buy it without hesitation and enjoy it. If you are looking for extremes and roller coaster rides, you will not find it here. A simple whiskey - no more, but definitely no less.

  3. Svjatogor scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    mellow, vanilla, honey, light, sweet, fruit, raisins, hit of sherry, balanced and nice blend

  4. zoanaan scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Imagine a situation that you need to buy whiskey for the evening and the only store nearby is a poorly stocked supermarket ... if you are in such a situation and you see this bottle on the shelf, buy it. It's a safe choice. It will not delight you, but at least it will not disappoint you. it is an unremarkable 12-year-old blend.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  5. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant profile on the nose with enough time, not too much. Very soft on the palate, limited fullness of aromas. You can drink it relaxed, but it doesn't leave a deeper impression either.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Light fruits (apples, pears) followed by malt, vanilla, subtly light chocolate, later caramel and roasted almonds
    • Taste
      82 82
      Very soft, honey, pear, turns into a pleasant oak
    • Finish
      82 82
      short finish with some oak and subtle bitterness

  6. daveo scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    Blend from 40 differents single malt and single grain from Scotland. Married in Oak Casks.
    • Nose
      70 70
      3 colors popsicles, sugar, light nose.
    • Taste
      72 72
      Peat, citrus, oak, raisin
    • Finish
      77 77
      A hint of smoke, citrus finish medium lenght

  7. Syleo scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    While the Dewar's White Label emphasizes summer meadows, vanilla and apple, the 12yo focuses on the heather in autumn, caramel, pears and raisins as well as a much stronger wood engraving. Neither can deny the Aberfeldy in their hearts, while on the white label it is more recognizable on the nose, and the taste is more recognizable in the 12s. I also think I can guess the Craigellachie with its full weight and the grassy freshness of the Aultmore, while the wood tones could perhaps be assigned to the Brackla as a component. All in all, the 12-year-old is clearly more attractive and strong in character than the white label and by no means bad, but also not a big cinema - a real alternative at a hotel bar, but rather not a permanent companion in the house bar.
    • Nose
      73 73
      Deep golden with a slight red cast, the “ancestor” conjures up a clear, wide edge and heavy legs on the glass wall. In the first moment, apart from a spoonful of heather honey, a deep fruitiness gradually paves its way, Williams pear, raisins, plums and dates, gooseberries, juicy oranges and pineapples, sprinkled with a little icing sugar and all with walnuts and nougat chocolate on the edge of an autumnal one Heide arranged in a wooden bowl freshly rubbed with olive oil, which - I think - makes me think of the intense Craigellachie character as a component. An intense alcohol bite turns into a distant hint of gauze bandages and plaster strips, herbs from juniper to ginger, before sweet sandalwood and tea leaves and then caramel take over.
    • Taste
      77 77
      Bittersweet but still gently meet forest honey, grape-nut chocolate and maple syrup in the mouth with tobacco leftovers in a cigar box, petals and tea leaves, orange peel and a handful of dry grapes, not quite light raisins. Only a little later a slight burning and a few herbal nuances set in, not unlike a brandy.
    • Finish
      71 71
      The competition between syrup and tobacco continues, along with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream and a little nutty oak, in the short to medium length finish, which sends a slight tingling back into the nose, but then fades away quickly.

  8. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      75 75

  9. robain scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    • Nose
      81 81
      Grass, mortar, vanilla, eyes
    • Taste
      80 80
      Bitter, dry, stiff, metallic, paper, vanilla, bourbon notes
    • Finish
      81 81
      flowery, vanilla.

  10. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    A bit of excerpt is guessed by the fact that he is quite neat to himself like a blend, but in general you can not drink it
    • Nose
      Muffin with honey, malt, vanilla, orange, caramel.
    • Taste
      Malt, caramel, sivuha.
    • Finish
      Short, alcoholic, caramel-malt.


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