The Dewar’s White Label is not one of my favorite Scotches. This to me is quite similar to Johnny Walker Red in that it’s great to make some scotch cocktails with and while I can picture a kindly old grandfather sipping it from a glass filled with ice I just simply cannot see myself doing that same thing. However, don’t let that dissuade you from trying it. Especially if you’re a beginner and you’re just getting into scotch. Think of it as Scotch training wheels.
It has a very classic scotch flavor profile that won’t overwhelm you with complexity or peat (smoky aspect) and will help train your palate and start building that appreciation for more complex Scotches down the road.. It has a very peaty & woody finish that sticks in your mouth and for a good 10 minutes after you’ve finished your dram that smokiness will stay with you giving it a long finish that is really pleasant to find in a blend.
Overall it is a tad one dimensional and I had a hard time picking out more flavors than just the traditional scotch flavor profile but they do exist in hints and wisps. If you’ve never had it or you’re just starting out give it a go, you won’t be sorry you did.
Dewar’s White Label Review
Blender: Dewar’s & Sons
Thin yellow gold
Smoky. The smell is actually a little more complex than the flavor and you can suss out hints of lemon and surprisingly enough a bit of tangerine.
There is some caramel, but you really have to search for it. The peat overwhelms any other flavors, but that peatiness (smoke) is what put Scotch on the map so it’s worth knowing what a very classic scotch flavor profile is.
Surprisingly watery for the amount of smoke in this dram. Overall it’s fairly smooth with just a touch of bite in the back of the throat.
In the aftertaste there is a touch of earthiness and a very surprising dusting of maraschino cherry that pops in to say hello and then quickly moves on down the road.