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Dewar’s Launches Japanese Smooth, The Latest In Its Cask Finished Series

July 2, 2021

Dewar’s is debuting Japanese Smooth, a new blended Scotch whisky finished in Mizunara oak casks, as part of the distiller’s cask-finished series. The 40% abv bottling is retail priced at $25 a 750-ml. and is rolling out nationally. Japanese Smooth follows the previous Dewar’s barrel finished launches of Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth (finished in rum casks), Ilegal Smooth (finished in mezcal barrels) and Portuguese Smooth (finished in Port casks), with Caribbean Smooth launching the series in 2019.

These Dewar’s cask finished expressions have been favorably received, with Caribbean Smooth scoring 90 points with Whisky Advocate, Portuguese Smooth garnering 89 points, and Ilegal Smooth getting an 87. Japanese Smooth has been the highest-scoring expression in the series to date, rating 91 points in the summer issue of Whisky Advocate.

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