Review No.234. Scallywag

Next up in the Douglas Laing Remarkable Malts range is the Scallywag which is meant to represent the Speyside region of Scotland.  This region of Scotland is crowded with distilleries which in theory is not a bad thing – more choice creates more competition which should lead to better quality.  In my opinion this isn’t the case as I have tried so many sherry finished malts from this region that are so boring they all become a blur of bleh.  There are a few gems though, in particular my favourites being Benrinnes, Benromach, Aberlour and Glenfarclas.  I am not sure if malts from my favourites are in this blend but I do know that it contains malts from Macallan, Mortlach and Glenrothes.


Whisky: Scallywag Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 46%

Nose: Soft, raisins, brown sugar, butterscotch, vanilla, cinnamon, salted caramel, earth

Taste: Dried fruit, cinnamon, honey, salted caramel, butterscotch, toffee

Finish: Buttersctoch, cinnamon spice

Score: 3.5

Summary: This is one Speyside whisky that does stand out to me.  The delivery is soft and luscious and there is something about it that reminds me of a bakery full of cakes.  The typical sherry influenced flavour of dried fruits is present and is accompanied by solid bourbon flavours such as vanilla and cinnamon along with butterscotch.  The cinnamon spice lingers throughout.  There is also a salted caramel hint on the nose and taste too and there is some peated malt present too shown through the earthy note.  Overall this is a rich and lush blended malt and dangerously drinkable too.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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