Douglas Laing’s furry little friend Scallywag loves the holidays. Last December, he put on a red-glowing Rudolph’s nose and celebrated the festive season with a strictly limited Christmas Edition. And this April, he sports fake rabbit’s ears and delights us with an exclusive Easter bottling only available on the German market. While I missed out on the X-mas dram, I luckily scored a bottle of the Easter whisky (of which only 300 units were produced). True to its Speyside heritage, the Scallywag is a rich blend mainly characterized by its tantalizing interplay of fruity and spicy notes. This particular expression, however, also bursts with chocolate! If you managed to get hold of a bottle, you can skip the cocoa eggs and nougat bunnies this year. Instead, pour yourself a dram of the Scallywag Easter Edition and enjoy your much-desired dose of chocolate in liquid form!
Eye: Ginger with a golden shimmer.
Nose: As a kid, my mother often made me sandwiches with Nutella and curd – a somewhat slushy but also very tasty combination. The fresh and creamy scent of the Scallywag Easter Edition raises fond memories of these yummy snacks.
Palate: Befittingly for an Easter dram, this whisky’s predominant flavor is tender milk chocolate. In addition, I also find notes of yoghurt, raspberry and almonds as well as a subtle hint of spice.
Finish: Quite long and savoury. Towards the end, the Scallywag Easter Edition unfolds a pleasant bitterness, as if the milk chocolate had shifted into dark chocolate.
Type: Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Region: Scotland (Speyside)
Age: No Age Statement
Alc. volume: 48%
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Price range: ~65.00 Euro
More info: http://www.douglaslaing.com/ (Blender) ; http://www.bremerspirituosencontor.de/ (Distributor)