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Dewar’s 15 vs Dewar’s 18: Which Wins?

Discover the differences between Dewar’s 15 vs Dewar’s 18 in this in-depth comparison and decide which Whisky is better for You!

Dewar’s 15 The Monarch

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  • Nose: Apple, honey, pear, caramel
  • Palate: Pear, honey, cinnamon, orange
  • Finish: Short, dry, fruity, honey
  • Alcohol content: 80 proof (40% ABV)
  • How to drink: Add water
  • Similar to: Dewar’s 12, Glenfiddich 12

Taste:

The nose is light, with hints of apple and honey at first, followed by caramel and a bit of cinnamon. Just a tiny whiff of alcohol is perceptible but nothing too bad.

On the palate, the Dewar’s 15 feels oily providing a good mouthfeel. First sip brings hints of pear, honey, apple, orange and a drizzle of cinnamon.

The finish is short-lived bringing fruity notes, orange, with a dry feel to it and very little warmth making an easy drinking Scotch.

Is it good?

Not bad, the 15 YO is an improvement over the traditional Dewar’s White Label as it provides a good mouthfeel with an overall good taste, no harsh or off-putting notes and very little to no burn.

Do I recommend buying it? It might look affordable at a first glance but you can find similar or better tasting Scotch blends at this price range.

For a bit less you can get the Aberfeldy 12 which is a Single Malt and the biggest source of malts in the Dewar’s blend as these are sister brands.

So you get many of the tasting notes at a better price.

And even though a Single Malt is not necessarily better than a blend in this case the Aberfeldy makes the better of the two.

Dewar’s 15 facts:

  • This is a blended Scotch made from up to 40 different whiskies.
  • The whiskies are aged in either ex-bourbon or ex-sherry before being happily married in oak casks.

Dewar’s 18

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  • Nose: Fresh bread, cherries, orange, baking spice
  • Palate: Oak, sour apples, ripe fruit, peat
  • Finish: Short, smoke, oak spice
  • Alcohol content: 80 proof (40% ABV)
  • How to drink: Add water
  • Similar to: Johnnie Walker 18

Taste:

The nose is quite good as it hits with a Christmas Cake aroma that brings notes of fresh bread, cherries, orange and a drizzle of baking spice.

On the palate, the 18 YO provides a somewhat thin body. First sip doesn’t bring the Christmas Cake of the nose as it provides a musty oak taste and sour apples up-front with a bit of ripe fruit coming behind.

There is a faint touch of peat present in the taste; very subtle, though.

The finish is short-lived with a tiny whiff of smoke to it and and oak spice bitterness.

Is it good?

Not terrible but NOT something I would recommend buying.

It kicks-off with a nice Christmas Cake scent that doesn’t follow through on the palate where you mostly get musty oak and sour apples.

The finish is almost non existent, with very little heat, though, but completely unremarkable.

Looks affordable at first glance but you can definitely get much better whiskies for less than $50 in the United States such as the Laphroaig 10 or the Glenfiddich 14 Bourbon Barrel if you are not fond of smoke.

In Britain you can get incredible whiskies for less than £50 so I definitely pass on this one.

Dewar’s 18 facts:

  • This is a blend of single malt and grain whiskies coming from 5 different distilleries owned by Dewar’s.
  • Aged in American oak before being blended and refilled into an oak vat.
  • Dewar’s is owned by Bermuda-based Bacardi.

Dewar’s 15 vs Dewar’s 18: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

WhiskyPrice
Dewar’s 15$37
Dewar’s 18$49

Dewar’s 15 vs Dewar’s 18: Which is better?

The 15 YO is better

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Value
  • Dewar’s 15 is better than the 18 YO release but not something I recommend buying when you can get the Aberfeldy 12 at a discount which provides a better experience.
  • As I said before, a Single Malt is not necessarily better than a blend and as an example we have the Johnnie Walker Blue Label which is the king of Scotch blends, but in this particular case the Aberfeldy makes a better whisky.
  • I even prefer the Johnnie Walker Black Label which I still consider the baseline for most people who take whisky tasting seriously.