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Dewar's White Label

Malty, light and delicious

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mReview by @mhock66

26th Jun 2018

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My Scotch taste typically runs to the Islays, with some Highlands thrown in for good measure. But sometimes on those steamy summer days, those whiskies are just too heavy. Upon recommendation of my Father In Law, I gave Dewar's White Label a try, and I can say I was wonderfully and pleasantly surprised. I had it on the rocks on a hot day, and it was just perfect. Now this is no major complex whisky, with many layers of flavor and a long lingering aftertaste. It's slightly smoky, lots of malt, and some notes of honey and some hints of grass and other florals. I had it in a tall cocktail glass, with lots of ice. I let it sit for just a few minutes and then couldn't put it down. Having it on the rocks with no mixers is a wonderful drink on a warm evening. I may try it with a splash of soda and a squeeze of lemon next time. I believe I paid about $18 for this bottle, and at that price it's a bargain.

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8 comments

@Hewie
Hewie commented

I really enjoyed a bottle of Teacher's Highland Cream over a large chunk of ice (to reduce dilution) last summer. Nothing wrong with a blend on ice on a hot day.

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@RianC
RianC commented

@Hewie - There certainly isn't! That being said I have no 'budget' blend to hand at the minute but it sure is hot . . . I could murder a JW red and ginger ale

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

mhock66 commented

@Hewie I haven’t had Teacher’s. What is it like compared to Dewar’s?

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@Victor
Victor commented

@mhock66, thanks for your review. I've had some Dewar's White Label which was great too.

Do be aware that because Dewar's White Label is a mass-market product that the batches can vary a lot. I've also had Dewar's White which wasn't great, in fact it was pretty bad.

If you find a cheap-o whisky like Dewar's White which releases a great batch, double-down and buy more of the same batch for future consumption. A great batch of an inexpensive whisky is one of the best buying opportunities available. Those opportunities come and go. The next batch may not be to your liking.

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@Hewie
Hewie commented

@mhock66 I tried but I couldn't drink and enjoy Teacher's neat - there's an astringency that is pushed to the fore by the alcohol. But, over a nice big block of ice two things done through for me: a sweet barley sugar note and a wisp of smoke. I found it very drinkable. It appeared to be one of the most recommended budget blends from what I found. I've found (from memory) Bells, Grants, and the like more nondescript in comparison. I have enjoyed Dewars in the past but I do like the gentle smokiness of Teacher's.

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

mhock66 commented

@Hewie I bought a bottle today! Got a couple recommendations from friends, and online reviews were pretty stellar.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@Hewie
Hewie commented

@mhock66 well I'll look forward to your next review then!

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@Frost
Frost commented

I do prefer Teacher's to Dewar's White Label.

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