Scallywag Blended Malt
Scallywag // Speyside, Scotland
Casks from Speyside's well known distilleries such as Mortlach, Macallan, and Glenrothes are married together to produce this small batch whisky from Douglas Laing & Co. Matured in sherry butts and bourbon hogsheads, Scallywag whisky is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 46% abv. The name and bottle packaging was inspired by and features Master Blender Fred Laing's beloved Fox Terrier.
Blended MaltComprised of malted whisk(e)y from two or more distilleries; aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask TypeSherry Butts, Bourbon Hogsheads
"The dried fruits often found in sherried whiskies are first to appear as you take a whiff, but it is blended nicely with a rich malt note as well. Very faint char smoke and some baking spices follow suit. The sherry notes don't overwhelm the whisky, but do lend a bit of a fruitcake quality to the dram. There's a slight oily character on the nose and the whisky itself is moderately full in the mouth. The finish has a little prickle of spices and tastes slightly bitter. All in all, a pleasant, well-balanced whisky to enjoy and who can resist the cute Fox Terrier that adorns the label. Note: This is available in a cask-strength version, but this review is for the 46% ABV bottling."