In the new millennium Douglas Laing & Co. introduced more than few blended malt expressions.
The fall of 2013 brought Scallywag, a small batch bottling created exclusively with Speyside malts including Macallan, Mortlach and Glenrothes. According to Fred Laing ‘the cask selection is self-evidently heavy on the sherry background balanced by first fill bourbon casks’. Scallywag is bottled at 46% without chill-filtration. The name of whisky refers to the Laing family Fox Terrier, whose picture is featured on the label. (The word ‘Scallywag’ describes a person who behaves badly but in amusingly mischievous rather than harmful way). The enormous 4.5-liter bottle of the Scallywag comes with an original cradle.
Nose: malty and sweet, icing sugar, toffee, vanilla custard, ripe grapes and apples, sugar-roasted almonds, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Palate: sweet and spicy, vanilla, breakfast cereals with honey, raisins, prunes, oranges, candied ginger, cinnamon, dashes of pepper and cocoa.
Finish: medium long, vanilla, dark chocolate, oranges, raisins and delicate oaky bitterness.