Whisky Focus - Scallywag Speyside Vatted Malt From Douglas Laing

Scallywag Speyside Vatted Malt From Douglas Laing

6th November 2013
Douglas Laing announce the release of “SCALLYWAG” a sherried Small Batch Speyside Vatted Malt.

The team at Douglas Laing have certainly been keeping themselves busy, only last month they launched the Old Particular range of single malt whiskies this month they are set to release another new addition to the Douglas Laing core range of whiskies. This time the innovative bunch at Douglas Laing which now has Fred Laing holding the reigns of the company, accompanied by his daughter Cara have have created a Speyside Vatted Malt named Scallywag.

Like Big Peat, Douglas Laing's popular Islay Vatted Malt Scallywag is bottled in small batches, it has been created using only Speyside Malts including – amongst others – Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes. With a pedigree like that I am sure this will get the attention of those of you who are partial to a sherried Speyside dram.

Bottled at a very respectable 46% ABV and non chill-filtered, this Small Batch bottling is a blend of first-fill bourbon casks and many fine Spanish Sherry Butts from where it has extracted much of its richly spiced, vanilla'd fruity character.

The name of the whisky and the eye catching Fox Terrier on the packaging haven't been dreamed up in a marketing department they have a close connection to Fred's family, it was inspired by the long line of Douglas Laing family Fox Terriers, which are renowned for being sweet yet rather mischievous dogs, it was therefore felt the Scallywag name and Fox Terrier design was most fitting for this richly spiced and deliciously sweet Speyside Vatted Malt.

Fred Laing, Douglas Laing’s Managing Director and proud Fox Terrier owner commented "From a chance sketch by a designer of our sweet, wee, rascal of a Fox Terrier, our Scallywag Malt Whisky was born! "Sweet" was the key which focused us on Speyside. Its cask selection is self-evidently heavy on the sherry background, balanced by first-fill bourbon casks – so the resulting ‘Vatted’ Malt comes with an excellent pedigree”.

Douglas Laing’s Scallywag will be available from UK and European specialist Whisky retailers from this month and throughout the rest of the world by the end of this year. RRP around £35

Douglas Laing Scallywag Tasting Notes

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A lovely balance of vanilla tablet, light playful oak spice prickle, orange and raisins.

Taste: Light creamy vanilla, stewed plum, a graduation of zesty orange and lemon peel, oak spice - ginger and cinnamon some dark chocolate.

Finish: Sweet, zesty orange, a touch of cinnamon, coffee and vanilla.

Comment: A lovely well balanced well put together vatted malt. A good portion of sherry for the sherry oak lovers but it is not a big bold sherry monster, the sherry has been balanced well with the bourbon cask whisky, loads going on, full of flavour. A classic quality sherried Speyside whisky with a superb balance of vanilla and sherry.

SMW Score 87/100

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