Blended whisky used to be known as the single malt's poor cousin. In the past, distilleries used blends as vehicles to off-load their inferior whisky on the mass market—a sort of spirited spring cleaning.
But the time of the blend has arrived. In 2003, whisky experts across the world blind-tasted the forty best whiskies of the previous two years. The choice of the critics was the Cutty Sark 25 Year Old—gasp, a blend—which outscored, among other noted bottles, a forty-year-old Glenfiddich Rare that retails at a mere $1,600.
Dewar's Signature ($200) sits in this premium blended class and is further proof that a proper blend can outshine a single malt. The bottle has acquired this "Signature" status by having as its base a twenty-seven-year-old single malt, Aberfeldy, that has been featured in all of the bottles sold under the Dewar's umbrella. To this base, master blender Tom Aitken has added older vintages from the five main whisky regions of Scotland.
The result is a drink with the body of a blend and the finish of a single malt. In the mouth, the taste is sweet with vanilla and the woody notes that are present in older whiskies remain for you to savor.
Call 877-774-4787 to reserve one of the six thousand bottles destined for the United States.