Scallywag, batch 19, Douglas Laing


Scallywag is the second in the Remarkable Regional Malts series from Douglas Laing that I will be reviewing here. The first one was a rather enjoyable Big Peat, which was an Islay blended malt. But the Scallywag is a blended malt created from Speyside whiskies only.

Like Big Peat, this blend also has a rather unusual label and name. But the dog with a monocle and his one remaining front tooth is actually inspired by Fred Laing’s own Fox Terrier (Scallywag), who turns out to be an inherently cheeky wee rascal full of character. ๐Ÿ™‚

We don’t know exactly what goes into the blend, but it does contain whisky distilled by Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes to name a few. And as the colour probably already shows, sherry casks have been used, but there is also a part in the mix that has matured in bourbon hogsheads. However, the exact ratio is a mystery. Bottled at a strength of 46% ABV.

Scallywag tasting notes:

Nose: first I get some spices, such as cloves and a pinch of cinnamon. This is quickly followed by dried fruits, raisins and plums. But also leather and a hint of old wood. Then honey and soft oranges in the background.

Taste: a creamy and thick mouthfeel with milk chocolate and caramel fudge. Honey. Some vanilla too. A sour note from lemons. But then spices appear, a pinch of black pepper and cinnamon.

Finish: mid-long with sour oranges and spices. And quite some mocha.

Another enjoyable blend from the Remarkable Regional Malt series. I love the thick and creamy mouthfeel and it’s actually quite tasteful. Full-on flavours. A nice batch! A lovely solid daily dram. It has a bit of Glenrothes style, so could this be the main ingredient?

Bottle provided by De Monnik Dranken.

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