DEWAR’S® Launches The World’s First Mezcal Cask Finished Scotch Whisky With DEWAR’S Ilegal Smooth

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The Second Premium Double-Aged Blended Scotch Cask Finished Extension in DEWAR'S Innovation Series Debuts in US and Canada This April

DEWAR’S® Scotch Whisky, the world’s most awarded blended Scotch whisky, announces the unprecedented first-to-world launch of DEWAR’S Ilegal Smooth: DEWAR’S 8 year-old double-aged Blended Scotch whisky, finished in Ilegal Mezcal casks for a pleasant and unexpectedly sweet, smooth blend with a wisp of smoke. The second in a new cask-finished series of whiskies, DEWAR’S Ilegal Smooth aims to reflect the Scotch spirit’s progressive new face and invite in new whisky appreciators through partnering with Ilegal, the leading artisanal mezcal in the US. This follows on from the successful debut of DEWAR’S Caribbean Smooth last September and the ethos of bringing together two exciting cultures, this time with Scotland and Mexico.

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,” says Brian CoxVice President, DEWAR’S, North America.

“We’ve been considering experimenting in the mezcal space for a while and are thrilled to partner with Ilegal for this exciting world first. It’s a fortuitous collaboration as there are many parallels between Tommy Dewar, one of the DEWAR’S founders, and John Rexer, founder of Ilegal. They both have grit, wit and passion for creating something new on an ambitious scale – the very best ultra-premium, smooth spirits. 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,” added Cox.

DEWARS Ilegal Smooth’8-year-old mezcal cask finish offers brown spirit drinkers a refreshing alternative. “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,” says Stephanie Macleod, Master Blender, DEWARS. “DEWAR’S Ilegal Smooth‘s unique flavor 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,” added Macleod.

“Many of the barrels utilized in aging mezcal are used whisky barrels. It’s a nice shift to have our used Ilegal Mezcal barrels crossing borders to age whisky in Scotland.  The finished product is delicious,” says Founder of Ilegal Mezcal, John Rexer. Ilegal Mezcal is made in Oaxaca, Mexico by Oaxaqueños. The company is composed of Mexicans, Guatemalans, Mexican Americans, an El Salvadoran American, Venezuelans, an Ecuadorian, New Yorkers, Californians and a Philadelphian … people from an array of ethnicities and cultures. We live, work, and play across borders. This partnership between Ilegal and DEWAR’S is about sharing cultures and creating an opportunity for education around the mezcal category,” added Rexer.

The Toasted Citrus Highball is the signature cocktail for DEWARS Ilegal Smooth 8-year-old mezcal cask. This is a twist on the classic highball, which Tommy Dewar pioneered.

DEWAR’S Ilegal Smooth 8-year-old mezcal cask finish will be available in a 750ml bottle with an SRP of $21.99. For more information on DEWAR’S Ilegal Smooth and the rest of DEWAR’S whisky products, please visit or on FacebookInstagram and YouTube.


2 parts DEWAR’S Ilegal Smooth
1 part Pink grapefruit juice
2/3 part Fresh lemon juice
¼ part Honey water
4 parts Soda water


Pink grapefruit slice

Method: Add all liquid ingredients (except soda) to chilled highball glass. Add cubed ice and soda and stir from bottom of glass, and garnish with pink grapefruit slice.


Bottle cost: £21.99

Launch Date: April 2020

Tasting notes: Subtle notes of caramel, sliced green pepper and a wisp of smoke

Serving suggestions: Perfect served neat, on the rocks, or in highball recipes, such as the new signature cocktail serve for Ilegal Smooth, The Toasted Citrus Highball, which reinterprets the classic highball with fresh grapefruit and lemon citrus flavors.

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