Dewar’s 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Getting together is best done over beers. Reunions? Those call for a Scotch. My brother and I recently welcomed to Toronto our third sibling, who had lived in the opposite corner of the continent for several years. Needless to say, we needed just the right bottle to start the conversation and celebration — a role neatly filled with a blended whisky.

The drink: Dewar’s 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

The method: Poured neat into a crystal whisky glass and raised in toast.

Editor’s notes: Dewar’s is known for “marrying” blends of single-malt and single-grain Scotches, a technique that produces an especially smooth result. This whisky is a testament to their mastery of the art. A little floral off the nose, it sipped exceptionally easily, offering potent notes honey and barley, as well as a whiff of toasted almond.

The verdict: Between the reactions of my brothers Matt (an occasional drinker of whisky) and Tom (new to the dram), it appears this 12-year-old Scotch’s rich character was its strongest suit. Bolder notes offer developing palettes plenty to enjoy, and its blended nature gives it an engaging depth on par with some older Scotches I’ve tried. I’d suggest serving it with a few drops of distilled water to open up the subtler aromas.

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