Scallywag 10 Years Old (2018)
It’s not every day that I get to taste a 70 year old whisky—too bad it’s in dog years… Get it? Scallywag features a drawing of a Douglas Laing family Fox Terrier on the label. It’s a bad joke. I know. I’m sorry.
The Scallywag 10 Years Old is one of the latest releases in the ever expanding Remarkable Regional Malts range. This particular example has matured fully in sherry butts.
Scallywag 10 Years Old (46%, Douglas Laing, 2018)
Nose: Plenty of sweetness, lots of cotton candy and brown sugar, with some roasted almonds as well. A good amount of honey too, as well as some cappuccino and pralines. Very agreeable, in spite of the hint of copper coins.
Taste: A very sweet arrival, which is a further indicator of the sherry maturation. Some nice cherry syrup as well as milk chocolate, but also a fair amount of spices, like a subtle pepperiness and cloves too.
Finish: Lingering spiciness, somewhat drying, and subtle honied sweetness. Medium in length.
Not quite on par with it’s 13 year old brother, but a very proper, rich blended malt nonetheless. I doubt this’ll disappoint anyone.
Sample provided by Douglas Laing
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.