Sippin' Speyside part 2: Douglas Laing Scallywag Cask Strength batch 2

A Tasty Dram Whisky Blog tasting notes

The Cask Strength version of Scallywag blended malt from Douglas Laing is up to the second batch. The Fox Terrier on the label has his eyes wide open, his ears pricked and his monocle blasted off. I guess the dog didn't handle his whisky carefully enough...

The Fox Terrier adorning the packaging design by Pocket Rocket Creative 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 Douglas Laing Scallywag Cask Strength batch 2

  • Scallywag Cask Strength batch 2
  • Blended Speyside malt
  • NAS
  • Alcohol: 54.1% ABV
  • 4.800 bottles

Tasting notes

Colour: The cask strength version has exactly the same colour as the standard Scallywag whisky.

Nose: Rhubarb tart and cranachan dessert. A bit rubbery with orange meat sauce. Crispy cinnamon biscuits and bits of milk chocolate. Roasted or baked maize and cedarwood. Licorice root sticks and gingerbread. Wood shavings and a hint of bandaids.
With water it's more like dark chocolate, praliné stuffing and vanilla. A box of biscuits and almond pastry with apple.

Taste: Candy apples and bitter-sour tangerines. Chewed coffee beans and spicy wood notes. A balanced bitterness. Coffee sweetened with brown sugar and hazelnut syrup. Dark chocolate flakes and malt.
A few drops of water make this a creamy dram with milk chocolate and hazelnut flavours. Spicy pastry, Mikado chocolate biscuit sticks and malt.

Finish: A surprising soft and long finish with cinnamon butter.

Price: £49.99 (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.

Bottle picture: Douglas Laing