Dewar’s Scotch Whisky, a brand of Hamilton, Bermuda-based Bacardi Ltd., announced the launch of Dewar's Caribbean Smooth: Dewar's 8-year-old double-aged Scotch, finished in Caribbean rum casks for a tropical smooth finish. The first in a new cask-finished series of whisky, Caribbean Smooth 8-year-old rum cask will be available in a 750-ml bottle with a suggested retail price of $21.99.

"We've blended 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-Caribbean Rum casks for a period of around six months," said Brian Cox, vice president of Dewar’s Scotch Whisky for North America, in a statement. "The rum casks were sourced straight from the Caribbean and brought to our ageing warehouses in Glasgow to be filled with our flavorful 8-year-old blend. The first in a series of double-aged cask finishes, Dewar’s will continue to bring these new and exciting flavor profiles to a broader market in order to drive renewed interest in our brand, and thereby the whisky category."

Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth's 8-year-old rum cask finish offers brown spirit drinkers a whiskey that breaks from traditional conventions, the company says. "With its remarkable versatility and unique flavor profile — which features subtle notes of apple, caramel, and biscuity cereal that slips into dark brown sugar and tropical fruit — Caribbean Smooth is the perfect spirit to enjoy neat or in a variety of highball recipes that pair particularly well for epicurean gatherings," said Stephanie Macleod, master blender for Dewar’s, in a statement.