Bacardi’s Scotch whisky brand Dewar’s has unveiled its new Scotch whisky, Dewar’s Ilegal Smooth.

Dewar’s new expression is an eight-year-old double-aged blended Scotch whisky, finished in Ilegal Mezcal casks to offer a sweet and smooth blend.

The launch of the new expression follows the successful debut of Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth in the market last September.

The expression, according to the company, will make its debut in the US and Canada next month.

Dewar’s North America vice-president Brian Cox said: “Dewar’s is thrilled to launch this second in a series of double-aged cask finishes, which further pushes the boundaries of the whisky category in line with DEWAR’S commitment to innovation.

“We’ve been considering experimenting in the mezcal space for a while and are thrilled to partner with Ilegal for this exciting world first.

“DEWAR’S Ilegal Smooth pays homage to both of their successful legacies by dispelling myths about what’s possible between whisky and mezcal and ultimately breaking new ground in both categories. The end product says it all.”

Dewar’s Ilegal Smooth eight-year-old mezcal cask finish will be available in a 750ml bottle with a suggested retail price (SRP) of $21.99.

Dewar’s Master Blender Stephanie Macleod said: “We’ve blended our signature recipe of up to 40 single malts and grain whiskies that have laid in casks for at least 8 years, double aged the blend to ensure our distinctive extra smooth DEWAR’S profile and then finished in ex-Ilegal Mezcal casks, sourced from Oaxaca, Mexico, all fulfilled in our ageing warehouses in Glasgow.

“DEWAR’S Ilegal Smooth’s unique flavour profile features subtle notes of caramel, sliced green pepper and a wisp of smoke, making it an ideal pairing for your next dinner party, or as a spirit to enjoy neat, on the rocks or in highball recipes.”