The limited-edition whisky is released in partnership with the 123rd U.S. Open Championship, held at The Los Angeles Country Club during the summer. Dewar’s is the official Scotch whisky partner for the third year running.
A statement from Dewar’s noted this whisky was created by four-time Master Blender of the Year Stephanie Macleod and her team.
Dewar’s Blended Scotch Whisky recently teed up one of its newest releases, Dewar’s 19 Year Old – The Champions Edition. (image via Bacardi)
To make The Champions Edition, the whisky was finished in hand-selected red wine casks from California’s wine making region of Napa Valley.
Macleod noted The Champions Edition was inspired by the ethos of the U.S. Open’s “From Many, One” campaign, blending together up to 40 grain and single malt whiskies.
The blender’s notes show the whisky to have flavors of red berries and black cherries, featuring a rich and fruity finish with a hint of nutmeg.
Part of the bottle proceeds go towards the USGA Foundation, which serves and advances the game of golf.
This is the third Dewar’s 19 Year Old limited edition created in partnership with the USGA. Previously, they made a whisky finished in new American oak and rye casks, and in 2021, a finished whisky in first-fill ex-bourbon casks.
“I am delighted to introduce the third iteration of Dewar’s Champion’s Edition, a whisky that fittingly pays homage to the terroir of California,” Macleod said. “We’re celebrating another great American oak cask seasoned by red wine from California’s Napa Valley. These impart deep berry notes on the whisky, and marks the first non-fortified wine cask-finished whisky that we have created for Dewar’s.”
In addition to The Champions Edition, Dewar’s again served as the official cocktail of the U.S. Open with the Dewar’s Lemon Wedge cocktail. The concoction combines 12 Year Old whisky with lemonade and club soda, and is topped with a golf-tee pick and a lemon wedge for garnish.
“Connecting with friends or family after a round of golf is intrinsic to the game, with many golfers enjoying the established tradition of a round of drinks at the 19th hole,” said Brian Cox, vice president of Dewar’s North America. “It’s an important occasion for us, where golfers can both celebrate or commiserate, depending on their performance on the course, over a small dram or a refreshing highball.”
The third iteration of the Dewar’s Champions Edition Commemorative Bottle for the 2023 U.S. Open is available in limited quantities, sold at select retailers and online. The whisky clocks in at 43% ABV and has a suggested retail price of $79.99 for a 750ml bottle.
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