Scallywag Speyside Blended Malt (Douglas Laing)
The Scallywag Speyside Blended Malt is one of five whiskies in the Remarkable Regional Malts-range from Douglas Laing. The two others from this range that I’ve tasted, Big Peat and The Epicurean, represented the flavour profile of their respective region very well.
The Scallywag is a small batch release, made up of whisky distilled at such Speyside heavyweights as Macallan, Mortlach and Glenrothes. Oh, and it’s non-chill filtered and still has its natural colour. Hooray 🙂
Scallywag Speyside Blended Malt (46%, Douglas Laing)
Nose: Vibrant with fresh lemon and oranges. Also cherries and icing sugar, with red apples and raisins.
Taste: Sweet with soft spices. Caramel, fudge, vanilla, and raisins go hand in hand with a pinch of cinnamon and a bit of ginger. Very gentle and easy going.
Finish: Lingering spices and bitter oranges. Medium in length.
A quality blended malt that’s great for everyday drinking, and again is a good example of a traditional Speyside style. Well done! Certainly a step up from it’s Lowland sibling, The Epicurean, if you ask me.
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.