Bacardi’s Scotch whiskey brand DEWAR’S has launched DEWAR’S Portuguese Smooth Scotch whisky.

DEWAR’S Portuguese Smooth is an eight-year-old double-aged blended Scotch whisky, finished in ruby port casks for a rich, full-bodied blend.

This launch, the latest iteration of the DEWAR’S Cask Series, marks the brand’s 175th anniversary this year and follows the launches DEWAR’S Caribbean Smooth Rum Cask Finish and DEWAR’S Ilegal Smooth Mezcal Cask Finish.

DEWAR’S Portuguese Smooth features flavours of freshly sliced ripe apricots, honeydew melon, red cherries and black currants drizzled with heather honey enveloped in rich creamy notes of vanilla.

DEWAR’S Scotch Whisky North America vice president Brian Cox said: “The whisky category has a certain mythology of its own, replete with traditional conventions. We created the DEWAR’S cask-finished series to break the mould and evolve those traditions by bringing two product elaboration cultures together – in this case from Scotland and Portugal – to create something richer.

“Though we can’t travel to the Highlands of Scotland or the Douro Valley of Portugal this year, we crafted DEWAR’S Portuguese Smooth to engage all those with wanderlust and curiosity.

“The brand has long been driven by a natural curiosity and, with 2021 ringing in our 175th anniversary, we hope that DEWAR’S Portuguese Smooth will inspire people to look beyond the obvious, or their ‘usual tipple’, and to discover a new whisky that will enthral the senses and delight the palate.”

DEWAR’S Portuguese Smooth eight-year-old port cask finish will be available in a 750ml bottle, carrying an SRP of $21.99. It will be available at all fine wine & spirits retailers across the US.