Sunday, 14 June 2015

Scallywag Cask Strength



The original Scallywag Speyside blended malt dates was launched in 2013 and is now part of the Remarkable Malts gang (with Big Peat, Timorous Beastie and Rock Oyster). The gently yet mischievous fox terrier now has a cask strength  superbrother.

The stunning packaging features a few extra details. The startled dog has his ears pricked and his monocle blasted off. Will Scallywag blow off my socks too?

A playful yet mischievous Speyside dog

Douglas Laing Scallywag Cask Strength
  • Scallywag Cask Strength
  • Douglas Laing Remarkable Malts
  • NAS blended malt
  • 53.6% ABV
  • 1.000 cases available

Tasting notes

Colour: Scallywag's big brother has a dark golden colour leaning towards amber. Swirling leaves thin and fast legs on the glass.

Nose: Take it easy when nosing. Swirl it too much or inhale too deeply and Scallywag bites you in the nose! Coffee, balsamico and cherries. Oranges and ginger bread. Oldschool shaving soap and  a leather razor strop. With some time I'm getting some sweet chestnuts.

Water calms the playful dog down. Aromatic tobacco, ginger bread, pistachios, juicy oranges and marshmallows.

Taste: Cherry wood and chocolate dominate the palate with the fruitiness of the oranges.

A dash of water brings back the ginger bread with dried fruits and baking spices. Pickled cherries, butter cake and milk chocolate.

Finish: A warm and medium finish. The tobacco jumps up one last time. Chocolate flakes.

Douglas Laing Scallywag
Can you spot the differences?


Conclusion

Price: not yet known.

It's a dog to approach with caution. The whisky really profits from a small dash of water. Scallywag delivers what it promised: a playful rich, spicy and fruity Speyside character with a bite.

Cask Strength versions are always a little bit more fun then the regular version. You never really get the very same whisky when diluted (unless you are particularly meticulous when pouring a dram and diluting with a pipette). It's a constant surprise variation on the same theme.

sample of Scallywag Cask Strength


Source and pictures: Douglas Laing

A sample was provided by the kind folks of Douglas Laing. Thanks Jenny!
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