Dewar’s 12 Year Old Vs. 15 Year Old

Dewar’s was founded in 1846 by John Dewar, and it is located in Perth, Scotland. They have been making blended scotch whiskies for over 150 years, and they are known as “The World’s Most Awarded Blended Scotch Whisky.” To date, they have collected over 1,000 awards for their Scotch whisky..

Dewar’s has around 10 whiskies that they produce, and two of their most popular are Dewar’s 12 and Dewar’s 15. The best selling whisky in their arsenal is White Label which is the number 1 selling Scotch in the United States.

Dewar’s 12 Vs. 15 Scotch Whisky

The differences between Dewar’s 12 and 15 is how long they are aged and the flavor profile. Dewar’s 12 has flavor notes of citrus, dried fruit, and vanilla. Dewar’s 15 is sweeter with flavor notes of honey and toffee.

If you are looking for a lighter and sweeter whisky, then you should consider the 15 year scotch.

Dewar’s 12 Blended Scotch Whisky

  • Master Blender: Tom Aitken
  • Region: Scotland
  • Cask: Various
  • Age: 12 years
  • ABV: 40%
  • Price: $25

APPEARANCE

Caramel color

NOSE

Notes of dark fruit, caramel and butterscotch. It has some floral notes along with almond and honey.

TASTE

Dewar’s 12 is a smooth tasting whisky with flavors of cereal and dark fruits with other flavors of charred oak, spice and vanilla.

FINISH

A touch of smoke with malt and some vanilla sweetness.

Review

Dewar’s 12 is a blended Scotch whisky which means it is a blend of single grain and single malt whiskies, and it is double-aged in oak and sherry casks. Basically, they age dozens of different grain and malt whisky, and then they will combine them and let them marry together another 6 months in oak casks. Once they are all combined, the blend will change over time.

This is a well-balanced and smooth whisky. For people who are serious about their scotch, it may come off a little tame, but for it’s price point it is well worth it.

Adding one large ice cube changed the flavor a bit, and the taste changed to more raisins, bread and dried fruits.

This is a great beginners scotch because it is only 40% abv, and it is a smooth easy drink. There are no strong or robust flavors. In addition to that, the price point at around $25-$30 is great for people wanting to get into whisky as it will help to develop your palate before getting into drinks that are not quite as tame.

Dewar’s 15 Blended Scotch Whisky

  • Master Blender: Stephanie Macleod
  • Region: Scotland
  • Cask: Various
  • Age: 15 years
  • ABV: 40%
  • Price: $35

APPEARANCE

Caramel color

NOSE

Sweet sugar, honey, florals, and toffee.

TASTE

The palate is very similar to the nose with honey in the lead, some oak, and light fruit flavors.

FINISH

The finish is grains, honey, spice, and a touch of smoke.

Review

Like Dewar’s 12, the 15 is double-aged. This means that they blend a lot of single malt and single grain whiskies, and once they are properly aged, they will marry them together in an oak cask. The blend will age another 6 months to reach the proper taste.

This is also a great beginner’s scotch. It is a bit sweeter, and it has a lower amount of that “metallic” taste that you may experience in the 12 or White Label.

Personally, I like this better over a large ice cube. The palate seems to open up a bit, and there are more citrus and fruit notes

Considering the price difference, if you are looking for a starter scotch, you may want to consider Dewar’s 12, but if price is not a turn off, and if you prefer a sweeter palate, then the 15 is worth considering.

This is great as a gift for someone who is not experienced with scotch whisky. It’s inoffensive, and it has a better price tag so you don’t look like you are getting the lower end products that are around $20.

About Ryan Gardner

Hi, I am Ryan Gardner. I am the creator of Country Club Men's Lifestyle Blog. This site represents hobbies and activities that I enjoy. If you spend any considerable time on the site, you will figure out that I enjoy colognes/fragrances, whiskey, and sports like golf. I also enjoy the great outdoors, so I will branch out there as well.

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