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Dewar’s Double Double 21 Year Old Mizunara Cask Finish




Whisky Review: Dewar’s Double Double 21 Year Old Mizunara Cask Finish

Tasting Notes:

A blended Scotch whisky offering finished for a period in Japanese Mizunara oak casks. Bottled at 46% ABV, it is priced at $149.99.
A lovely lighter golden amber appears in the glass, bringing sturdy legs and excellent viscosity.
The aromatics of this reflect a very gentle tone upon first smell, conveying tropical fruit notes such as banana. Further exploration showcases candied ginger, luscious nutmeg, some oats, and a bit of green apple.
This sure does drink nicely and, to borrow a word from the brand, very smoothly—almost too smoothly. There’s a strong ginger here; playing with it are considerations of coconut, dried figs, sharp green apple, a hint of coriander spice, an oak nod, and some pears.
This glides easily into the finish, giving an excellent mouthfeel and sweetness as it exits into the back throat. Its hold is long and subtle, leaving you wanting more.
You’re gonna want find a bottle of this one if you can – it is really quite the nice sipper from start to finish and not something you want to rush through. The Mizunara finish, in particular, gives it something extra special above your typical Dewar’s expression.
Dewar’s Double Double 21 Year Old Mizunara Cask Finish review
We review Dewar’s Double Double 21 Year Old Mizunara Cask Finish, a blended Scotch whisky offering that was finished for a period in Japanese Mizunara oak casks. (image via Dewar’s)

Editor’s Note: We received a review sample of this whisky from the brand. However, in accordance with our editorial policies, this has not influenced the outcome of our review in any way.

What’s known today as Dewar’s blended Scotch whisky brand has a long history. It was started in 1846 by John Dewar from his small wine and spirits merchant shop in Scotland. Today, owned by spirits giant Bacardi, it is considered one of the largest Scotch whisky brands in the world. Its myriad of bottlings are crafted using Dewar’s oak marrying aging process, which involves returning the whisky blend to vintage oak casks for further maturation.

Among the various lines in Dewar’s portfolio, the Double Double offerings stand out due to their four-stage crafting process, spearheaded by Master Blender Stephanie Macleod. In it, the initial whiskies in the blend are aged, blended together, aged again, and then finished in special casks to give what the brand feels is the ultimate in smooth-tasting expression.

What’s in the bottle

What’s being reviewed here from the Dewar’s Double Double lineup is Dewar’s Double Double 21-Year-Old Mizunara Cask Finish. This expression, a blend of Scotch single grain and single malt whiskies, goes through the previously mentioned four-step process, with the finishing occurring in Japanese Mizunara oak casks.

“The journey of creating this expression has been an exploration of flavors and craftsmanship,” said Macleod at its release. “Together, my team and I introduced a distinctive twist to our award-winning DEWAR’s Double Double 21 Year Old by finishing it in Japanese Mizunara Oak casks, creating a new and exciting whisky.

“This latest iteration in the Double Double Series is a testament to our commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences to our connoisseurs.”

Bottled at 46% ABV, it is priced at $149.99.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the former founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award-winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y globally. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert, and judge, he has written extensively about the subject, been interviewed in various media outlets, and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions.

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