Scotch Whisky Review: Dewar's White Label

A Classic Blended Scotch Whisky That Is Perfect for Cocktails

Dewar's White Label Blended Scotch Whisky
One of the most reliable and affordable blended Scotch whiskies, Dewar's is an excellent choice to keep in stock in your bar. Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Dewar's White Label Blended Scotch Whisky is one of the top-selling blended whiskies in the world. Once you taste Dewars, it is easy to see why. Who knows, it may even become your new 'well' scotch.

Dewar's does not have that a big smoke component that drives many drinkers away from Scotch whisky. Not only is Dewar's mild, sweet, and easy drinking, it also mixes exceptionally well. From a simple Scotch and Soda to an elegant Blood and Sand Cocktail, Dewar's is versatile, attractively priced, and a great introduction into the world of blended Scotch whisky.

Tasting Notes

The Nose. On the nose, Dewar's White Label offers up a gentle bouquet of ripe pears, warm butterscotch, oak, and just the slightest hint of smoke. A touch of Scottish heather looms in the background, but overall this is a light, fruity bouquet.

The Body and Palate. Dewar's White Label is delicate on the tongue. It is not meant to be a mouth-coating monster of a Scotch whisky. Instead, Dewar's White Label dances nimbly across the palate, offering quick pinpricks of light malt sugar, pears, Madagascar vanilla, honey, and a whisper of peat smoke.

The Finish. Dewar's White Label offers a relatively quick finish that is predominately vanilla and honey. A longer finish would make this a far less versatile blended Scotch.

As it is, the quick finish offers just enough sweet notes to satisfy those who drink it neat or on the rocks, while the lack of a long, lingering finish means that it blends into cocktails exceptionally well without throwing the balance of a drink off.

Final Thoughts

As it is, Dewar's White Label is one of the best selling blended Scotches in the world for a pretty simple reason. It is quite good and can be one of the most versatile whiskies in your liquor cabinet. If you are looking for just one Scotch to keep in stock, Dewar's would be the perfect choice.

More Scotch From Dewar's

Dewar's White Label is just the beginning of the brand's portfolio and yes, it is literally called 'White Label' (it says so on the label). If you find that you enjoy this whisky, give some of the older Dewar's bottles a try.

  • Dewar's White Label - A blend of up to 40 single malt and grain whiskies. 40% ABV (80 proof), $25
  • Dewar's White Label Scratched Cask - The 40-whisky blend is married in American oak casks that have an extra char and been scratched to open up more of the wood's flavors. 40% ABV, $30
  • Dewar's 12 Year Old - The blend is aged in "vintage oak casks" for this bottling that founder John Dewar nicknamed "The Ancestor." 40% ABV, $40
  • Dewar's 15 Year Old - A little more rare, this scotch is a blend of hand-selected whiskies that is affectionately named "The Monarch" by the brand. 40% ABV, $75
  • Dewar's 18 Year Old - Only 18-year-old whiskies - a blend of malt and grain - are allowed inside this bottling, which is finished in oak casks. 40% ABV, $85
  • Dewar's Signature - The pinnacle of the portfolio, Dewar's uses rare Scotch whiskies to produce this delightful whisky. 40% ABV, $250

About Dewar's White Label Blended Scotch Whisky

  • Blended Scotch whisky produced from a blend of 40 whiskies.
  • Produced John Dewar and Sons Company

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Originally Published: October 9, 2010
Edited by Colleen Graham

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