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Dewar’s Unveils Caribbean Smooth, The First In A Series Of New Cask-Finished Expressions

September 9, 2019

Dewar’s Scotch whisky is launching Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth, an 8-year-old, double-aged Scotch finished in Caribbean rum casks. The new release, which carries a retail price of $22, combines up to 40 single malt and grain whiskies aged at least eight years and finished in ex-Caribbean rum casks for around six months. The casks were filled at the Dewar’s aging warehouses in Glasgow.

The Dewar’s plan is for Caribbean Smooth to be the first in a series of cask finishes at this entry-level pricing tier. “Cask finishes have hitherto mainly been confined to single malts or above-$30 blends,” says Brian Cox, vice president, Dewar’s Scotch whisky, North America. “With this series, we intend to bring these flavor profiles to a broader market. We see this as significant, as in the longer term it’s important to feed the entry level in order to have a premiumization ladder.”

Caribbean Smooth follows the Dewar’s “double-aging” process, whereby single grain and single malt whiskies, all matured at least eight years, are blended together and returned to oak casks for about six months. In the case of Caribbean Smooth, the blend is then finished in Caribbean rum casks.—David Fleming

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