September Scotch: What Old-Rare Means to Usquaebach

The second installment in our month-long exploration of Scotland's whisky wonders

Before we even touch upon what Usquaebach is, we must address its rather tricky-to-pronounce name—which should be read as “OOS-KE-BAH.” Stepping back to the 1500s, the Gaelic words “uisge beatha” translated to “water of life,” which meant whisky. Poet Robert Burns declared what would become a new canonical spelling as usquaebach in 1791. So, usquaebach means whisky. It’s that simple, and appropriately so because that’s …

Dewar’s Limited Edition 15 Year Old

Honey and toffee unite for a special blended whisky aged release

On our recent Scotland trip to visit the distilleries producing the single malt master notes of Dewar’s Blended Scotch Whisky, we were tipped off to their new limited release Dewar‘s 15 Year Old. Today, the spirit becomes available stateside, and stands as one of only a few blended whiskies to carry the 15-year age stamp. The blend was created by their master blender Stephanie Macleod …

The Single Malts at the Heart of Dewar’s Blended Whisky

A look inside three distinct distilleries that define the iconic brand

There’s a reason why Dewar’s is most likely your father’s, and grandfather’s, whisky. It’s more than their heritage (which dates back to 1846) and it extends well beyond their groundbreaking commercial done with the Edison Illuminating Company back in 1898—the first live-motion advertisement to be made. Really, it’s about the blend. They successfully combine over 40 single malts, mostly obtained from competitors’ distilleries (a method …