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Dewar's 12 Year Old The Ancestor Double Aged

Quick Throwaway review...

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@NozinanReview by @Nozinan

18th Jun 2016


  • Nose
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  • Finish
  • Balance
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While waiting the 50 minutes in the lobby before being admitted to the Last Great Malts of Scotland (2 nights ago) I was offered a modest dram of this 12 year old blend. We were told "only one per person"...that was plenty for me. Given the delays in starting the event, I had plenty of time to write some notes on a clean palate. Not as extensive as a normal review but here goes...

The bottle was probably opened the day of the event and the air time was likely between 10-30 minutes. No water was added to this dram served at the "high" ABV of 40%.

Nose: Sweet, fruity. A touch of spice and honey. Not very complex but pleasant. 21/25

Taste: Smooth, slight ethanol nip, sweet with some spiciness. Not intriguing. 20/25

Finish: medium, slightly bitter, forgettable. 19/25

Balance: Smooth, forgettable, nose is nicer than the palate. 20/25

Score: 80/100

I'm admittedly not big on blends. Many of them are underpowered at 40%. I've had a few that weren't too bad, but they were either at a higher strength (Cutty Sark Prohibition) or malt blends (JW Green), or both (Peat Monster).

I called this a Throwaway review because it was quick and simple, but also because it described what I did with the second half of my dram...

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BlueNote commented

@Nozinan. I'm not much of a blend drinker either, but sometimes, like on long flights, that's all that's available. You can usually get JW Black in those situations and I find it quite drinkable. I thought I might try the Dewars 12 sometime, but I'll take heed of your experience and continue to give it a miss. So much Scotch, so little time. Best not to waste it on dubious drams. Cheers.

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