This yr’s U.S. Open Championship has already come and gone. I don’t even bear in mind who gained as a result of, truthfully, I’ve hassle staying awake whereas watching golf (which doesn’t imply I don’t completely take pleasure in watching). The match could also be within the historical past books, however for the second yr in a row, Dewar’s is providing a liquid commemoration that you could be nonetheless be capable of discover on some retailer cabinets. For 2022, The Champions Version is as soon as once more a 19-year-old mix created from over 40 completely different malt and grain whiskies, however in contrast to final yr’s launch, which was completely aged in ex-bourbon casks, this newest providing has been matured in a mixture of first-fill bourbon, new American oak, and first-fill rye whiskey casks. Dewar’s beforehand launched the same (a lot youthful) mix underneath the Scratched Cask label, however grasp blender Stephanie Macleod determined to resurrect the idea for this restricted version. Let’s test it out.
The first launch was, in Chris’s phrases, “an iconic and pleasant expression of bourbon barrel-aged, blended Scotch,” however this newest expression, whereas nonetheless pleasant, is a special animal. The distinctive maturation has made it extra wood-driven on the nostril with dry spices and large vanilla notes that stand on equal footing with the basic Dewar’s honeyed malt. It’s a extra dynamic dram, as properly, with pepper and recent baking spice notes on the outset that linger throughout the sip. There’s extra fruit, principally peach and baked apple, than the inaugural expression, whereas the chocolate and nougatine are subtler however nonetheless well-developed. It’s not almost as creamy on the palate as final yr’s providing, however the lighter, brighter, fruit-tinged dimension of this providing is equally satisfying and makes for an much more complicated end. Again to again winners from Dewar’s, with a profitable worth level, in addition.
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