Dewar’s Launches Its Second Champions Edition Bottle For Golf’s 2022 U.S. Open

| June 8, 2022

Dewar’s Scotch will celebrate golf’s 122nd US Open Championship with a 19-year aged whisky, as their commemorative 2022 U.S. Open bottle is called “The Champions Edition.”

This limited whisky is created by Master Blender Stephanie Macleod and features extra maturation in ex-bourbon, new American oak, ex-rye whiskey casks.

A statement from the distiller notes that the commemorative Scotch is as rich and complex as the game of golf, featuring notes of heather, honey, butterscotch, and cinnamon spice with a fruit-forward finish.

Dewar’s 19 “The Champions Edition” (image via Dewar’s)

Made up of up to 40 different single malt and grain whiskies, this expression highlights an ethos that from many casks, one perfect blend emerges.

As part of a multi-year agreement with the United States Golf Association (USGA), Dewar’s will produce a special limited-edition commemorative bottle for each year’s U.S. Open, to be sold online and at spirits retailers as the official Scotch whisky and supporter of the US Open Championship.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for June 16-19 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

“When creating this blend of scotch whiskies, I wanted to ensure the craft and traditions of over 175 years of Dewar’s whisky distillation and blending in Scotland were fully enhanced by the best of American wood and cask aging,” Master Blender Macleod said. “We took pristine new American oak casks that have never been used to age either bourbon or sherry prior to this 19-year-old scotch and we finished many of this blend’s components in these.”

She said they then took ex-bourbon and ex-rye whiskey casks to finish other components in it. The resulting whisky on the nose has a combination of vanilla and wood spices, followed on the palate by flavor notes of dried apricot, butterscotch and hints of vanilla.

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A special addition to the 122nd U.S. Open Championship this year is the “Dewar’s Lemon Wedge,” a twist on the classic highball, which will serve as the official cocktail of the U.S. Open.

The recipe features Dewar’s 12-year-old whisky, club soda, fresh lemonade and is topped with a golf tee pick and lemon wedge for garnish. The Lemon Wedge will be offered to patrons on-site and will be served in a special-edition U.S. Open memorabilia cup in hospitality venues and ticketed facilities across the grounds.

For those who cannot make it to the course but want to raise a toast to the game with the signature Dewar’s Lemon Wedge cocktail at home, they’ve created a cocktail kit via Cocktail Courier available nationwide.

Brian Cox, vice president of Dewar’s North America, said The Champions Edition is designed to celebrate the brand’s deep ties to the sports world, where it has sponsored numerous sporting events, competitions, and teams across the globe since the 1890s.

“We’re thrilled to continue this partnership with the U.S. Open and this year introduce the Lemon Wedge onto the fairway … or rather the bars around it,” he said.

In addition to this partnership, a portion of the proceeds from the custom silver bottle, that serves as a nod to the U.S. Open trophy, will benefit the USGA Foundation.

Dewar’s 19 Year Old “The Champions” Edition clocks in at 43% ABV and has a suggested retail price of $79.99 per 750mL bottle.

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