Dewar’s has unveiled the latest addition to its Double Double series with the release of a 36 Year Old bottling. The new Scotch expression was released in China travel retail on January 1, and will roll out to other locations in Asia Pacific in the coming weeks.
Finished in a rich Madeira cask, Dewar’s Double Double 36 Year Old is created using the “quadruple ageing” process pioneered by Master Blender Stephanie MacLeod.
The inspiration for the ageing process “is rooted in history and the skill of the Master Blender past and present,” according to the brand. After pionoeering “double-ageing” in 1881, Dewar’s first master blender, A.J. Cameron, spent the next 20 years trying to create an even smoother whisky, adding further steps to the ageing process in 1901.
Inspired by this process, Dewar’s Master Blender Stephanie Macleod introduced a four-stage ageing process for this product. In the first, the individual malts are aged separately for 36 years. Then the Speyside malts are blended and aged together and the Highland and Islay malts are blended and aged together. In stage three, the Speyside and Highland/Islay malts are blended and aged together. Finally, the Speyside and Highland/Islay malts are finished in Madeira casks.
“We are very proud of the continued award success of the Dewar’s Double Double series since its launch in 2019,” said Bacardi Global Travel Retail Global Head of Marketing Ignacio Vazquez. “The introduction of the 36 Year Old further elevates its status and represents our ambition and commitment for Dewar’s to be rated as the most progressive whisky by new appreciators and tastemakers, especially in Asia Pacific.”
The Dewar’s Double Double range won the World’s Best Blended Whisky for the 21 Year Old in the 2021 World Whiskies Awards. The 32 Year Old won the World’s Best Whisky at the 2020 International Whisky Competition (IWC). In 2021 Stephanie Macleod was awarded the title of Master Blender of the Year by the IWC for the third year running.
Dewar’s Double Double 36 Year Old is presented in an opaque black glass bottle with the same four-point star bottle design as the rest of the series. The blend features notes of vanilla, coconut oil and ripe peaches.
Bottle at 46% ABV, the whisky is priced at $1,800 per 500ml bottle.
For more information, head over to Dewar’s official website.
Last month, Dugan & Dame released limited edition bottles of hand-crafted chocolate bitters in collaboration with Dewar’s 15 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky.