Top 20 Whiskies of 2019

#2 • Dewar’s 21 year old Double Double

  • Rank: 2
  • Year: 2019
  • Score: 94
  • Price: $50/375 ml.
  • ABV: 46%
  • Style: Blended Whisky
  • Place of Origin: Scotland

Master blender Stephanie Macleod’s innovative blend was inspired by Dewar’s famous double aging process. She separately blended parcels of aged malt and grain whisky, left each to marry, then blended them together to marry again, before finishing in oloroso sherry casks. A tantalizing nose of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, crystalized orange slice, fresh plum, black cherry, and moist coffee grounds. Smooth flavors of chocolate-dipped raspberries, gingersnaps, and bold sherry fruit yield to a finish of smoke and spice. By releasing in novel half-bottles, Dewar’s spreads the love, enabling us to experience a 21 year old scotch for just 50 bucks. —Jonny McCormick