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Type Scotch Whisky
Manufacturer Bacardi
Country of origin Scotland
Introduced 1846
Proof (US) 80
Variants White Label, Dewar's 12, Dewar's 18 Founder's Reserve, Dewar's Signature
Related products Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, Glen Deveron, Royal Brackla

Dewar's (/ˈdj.ər/) is a brand of blended Scotch whisky owned by Bacardi, which claims the brand's "White Label" to be the top-selling blended Scotch in the US.[citation needed]


The Dewar's whisky brand was created by John Dewar, Sr. in 1846. Under the control of his two sons, John A. Dewar Jr. and Thomas "Tommy" Dewar, the brand expanded to become a global market leader by 1896. Tommy became famous as the author of a travel journal, Ramble Round the Globe, which documented his travels while publicizing the Dewar name. Dewar's eventually expanded their product by constructing the Aberfeldy Distillery in 1896.

The company joined Distillers Company in 1925. Distillers was acquired by Guinness in 1986, and Guinness merged with Grand Metropolitan to form Diageo in 1997. Diageo sold Dewar's to Bacardi the next year.

In 1987, numerous cases of still perfect Dewar's Scotch were recovered by underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence from the shipwreck of the SS Regina, which had been sunk in Lake Huron in 1913.[1]

Dewar's products[edit]

Bottle of Dewar's White Label Scotch Whisky
Dewar's Scotch Whisky bottles
  • Dewar's White Label – Created in 1899 by John Dewar & Son's first Master Blender, A.J. Cameron. It has become the company's top-selling variation.[2]
  • Dewar's 12 – Twelve years old.[3] The blend was created by Dewar's sixth master blender, Tom Aitken. This offering has received some awards at international Spirit ratings competitions. From the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, it has received several double gold, gold, and silver medals.[4]
  • Dewar's 18 – 18 years old
  • Dewar's Signature – Includes 27-year-old malt.[5][6]


The company owns five whisky distilleries in Scotland:


  • The premier rugby union competition in Victoria, Australia, the Dewar Shield, is named after the company. The Shield, which is the oldest continuous rugby competition in Australia, was donated by the company to the Victorian Rugby Union upon its inauguration in 1909.[9]



Further reading[edit]

  • Buxton, Ian (2010). The Enduring Legacy of Dewars: A Company History. Glasgow: Neil Wilson Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1906476052. 

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