Make These Killer Cocktails with Dewar’s New Portuguese Smooth Cask-Finished Scotch Whisky

Elevate the classic highball with Dewar’s latest stellar scotch.


Presented by Dewar’s

Dewar’s is celebrating its 175th anniversary, so the world’s most-awarded Scotch whisky brand is rolling out a new third bottle to its revered Cask Series to mark the occasion: Portuguese Smooth. 

Following successful launches of Caribbean Smooth Rum Cask Finish and Ilegal Smooth Mezcal Cask Finish, Portuguese Smooth is an eight-year-old, double-aged whisky finished in ruby port casks. 

The spirit was created with the goal of showcasing the brand’s passion for harmoniously combining unexpected flavor traits in an approachable Scotch whiskey. As such, expect a multi-faceted profile ripe with fruity flavors of freshly sliced ripe apricots, honeydew melon, red cherries and black currants drizzled with heather honey, all of which are enveloped in rich, creamy notes of vanilla. 


“Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth is designed to be a veritable celebration of the two cultures of Scotland and Portugal,” says Stephanie Macleod, Master Blender for Dewar’s. 

“Thanks to a unique production process where the 8-year-old scotch is double aged for extra smoothness and then finished in casks that previously held fine ruby port wines, Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth has a satisfyingly unusual, yet super smooth, taste that is enjoyed anyway you like.”

Portuguese Smooth naturally sips easy neat or on the rocks, but it’s also great for top-shelf cocktails. Dewar’s recommends two simple twists on the classic highball to highlight its latest stellar scotch whisky. 


  • 2oz Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth
  • Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic
  • Orange wedge

Add whisky to chilled highball glass, fill with ice and top with tonic water. Garnish with the orange.


  • 2oz Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth
  • Fever Tree Ginger Ale
  • Lemon peel

Add whisky to chilled highball glass, fill with ice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with lemon peel.

“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,” says Brian Cox, Vice President of Dewar’s Scotch Whisky, North America. 

“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 enthrall the senses and delight the palate.”

Priced from $21.99 for a 750ml bottle, Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth will retail in all fine wine and spirits retailers nationwide and online. 

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