Sippin' Speyside part 1: Douglas Laing Scallywag

A Tasty Dram Whisky Blog tasting notes


The Scallywag blended malt from Douglas Laing was the second addition to the range that is now known as the Remarkable Regional Malts and paved the way for the other regions. The blend is created using only malts from the Speyside region and contains key malts from legendary names like Glenrothes, Macallan and Mortlach.

The Fox Terrier adorning the packaging design by PCR is a loyal friend of the Laing family and his nature inspired the characteristics of the Scallywag blend: a sweet, charming and feisty spirit.

Identity Card Scallywag

  • Douglas Laing Scallywag
  • Blended Speyside malt
  • NAS blended malt
  • Alcohol: 46% ABV

Tasting notes

Colour: Somewhere between straw and gold, long and graceful legs.
Nose: Lots of typical sherry notes. Dried fruits. Raisins, dates and fig. Sweet apples and oranges. Grounded cardamom, vanilla toffee. Sweet popcorn. Spicy ginger biscuits and malt. With water: cranberries or port. Chocolate pralinoise and sugared almonds. A bag of dried fruits and fresh figs.
Taste: Sweet and spicy mouthfeel. Pithy orange marmalade. Candy apple, bitter peel and slightly burned caramel. Gingerbread with stem ginger and slightly bitter malt. With water: Apple-pear jelly, dried apricots. Cointreau and oranges.
Finish: Medium long finish with sweet and bitter malty notes.

Price: £39.45 (The Whisky Exchange) - £42.48 (Douglas Laing)

The Scallywag and the second Cask Strength batch were tasted on the Sippin' Speyside session with Fred Laing and Jan Backers on 9 June 2016.

The review was written based upon the sample from the Sippin' Speyside session and a sample I bought a while back at Maltclan.

Bottle picture: The Whisky Exchange