SCALLYWAG SMALL BATCH BLENDED SINGLE MALT WHISKY ~ SPEYSIDE, SCOTLAND
80/100 Whisky Wash
Winner, Best Blended Malt Whisky 2014 - World Whiskies Design Awards
Silver, Scotch Whisky Blended Malt 2014 - International Wine & Spirit Competition
Stephanie Moreno - Distiller "All in all, a pleasant, well-balanced whisky to enjoy and who can resist the cute Fox Terrier that adorns the label."
Big Peat's gone and got himself a trusty sidekick in the shape of a dapper Fox Terrier wearing a monocle! Scallywag from Douglas Laing is a vatted malt made from Speyside whiskies, including Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes. Many of the whiskies used in the small-batch release come from Spanish sherry butts, giving Scallywag a fab sweetness that's balanced by some "mischievous" bourbon cask whisky also in the blend.
Nose - Sweetness jumps up like an excited puppy. Icing sugar, sultanas and candied ginger. A few hints of grain here and there, but sweetness steals the show.
Palate - The sweetness surprisingly retreats, revealing nutmeg and cereal. Vanilla comes in near the end. Cinnamon too, giving it a prickle of spice.
Finish - A pinch of oak spice joins the vanilla and sherry for the finish.
Overall - Incredibly pleasant, the Scallywag is an absolute treat in every sense.