Singlemalting #233 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 7 Scallywag

Welcome to the end of the first full week. Cindy and I hope that your whisky adventuring has been fun so far. Today we try something from a very good independent bottler with a long history of exceptional casks and brands. Douglas Laing is a welcome addition to the list of indies that we have featured over the years.

Today much like with Wemyss Malts in the past we are going to explore one of Douglas Laings iconic blended malts, Scallywag.

Including malts from Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes, Scallywag is made up entirely of Speyside distilleries. As most of you know I love a good blended malt and we always highlight at least a handful in each edition.

Scallywag Blended Malt from Douglas Laing

Douglas Laing Scallywag Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – 46% abv – Sherry and Bourbon casks – Speyside

Colour:        Rose gold that hints at the sherry casks used in this small batch blended malt.

Nose:            The local tuck shop from my childhood where I would take my hard earned pocket money and buy a mixed bag of lollies (sweets). Musk sticks, fruit jubes, wine gums, and sherbet. Strawberry Chupa Chup.

Palate:        Lovely soft array of sweet fruit and candy begins the journey but allows some earthier elements to climb aboard. A touch of Christmas spice and a bowl of macadamia nuts.

Finish:       A hint of ginger snap spices up the finish. This is just a lovely dram and could happily stay in my glass (with additional pours) for hours.

Yep I love a good blended malt and this is just plain fabulous drinking. Great as an every night dram that won’t break the budget but is a cut above a lot of your usual suspect shelf warmers.

Last edition on day 7 we had another (cough) blended malt (teaspooned cask) from yet another outstanding independent bottler Adelphi. The Breath of Speyside was truly amazing.

I hope you have been heading over to our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US. I have seen that we also have a few more that are running through our calendar this year including Food Quig who always has a very thoughtful and detailed taste of each and every dram.

Tomorrow we are back to another single cask dram from Secret Spirits from a distillery that I have had a long and delicious relationship with.

Really looking forward to your company as we start off the second week of this our 6th Scottish whisky tour.

Until then sleep tight and dream of whisky.

Cheers

Jonathan

5 comments

  1. Jeff Endrizzi says:

    Week one was a nearly perfect start to the season…only one clunker for me…Scallywag appealed to my nose more than most, fruity licorice is what comes to mind. First on the tongue is also fruity, with a brief follow of toasted hazelnuts. The finish does jump in with a harsher bite than expected.

    • Jonathan says:

      Which whisky was the clunker Jeff? We are pretty happy if 6 out of 7 where in your wheelhouse given how many different tastes and flavors there are in the world of Scotch Whisky.

      • Jeff Endrizzi says:

        The Towiemore Classic (day 3) was too peaty for me…but whisky appeals for so many personal reasons…they can’t all be in my wheelhouse!

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