Two years ago, Douglas Laing expanded the core range of The Remarkable Regional Malts. As a follow-up to the regular NAS expressions, the Glasgow-based whisky makers also released permanent 10-year-old versions of Big Peat, Rock Island, Timorous Beastie and Scallywag.> Besides the numbers on the labels, these whiskies also differ from their counterparts in regard to their recipes. Take Scallywag, for example. Whereas the normal expression of Douglas Laing’s signature Speyside malt is vatted from both bourbon and sherry casks, the 10 Years Old is made from sherry casks only. It is not a classic sherry bomb, however, but a discretely accentuated drop with a well-balanced assortment of fragrances and flavors. Like the furry rascal on the front side of the tube and bottle, this bonafide all-day dram is a lovable companion with whom you can spend some wonderful quality time … again and again and again!
Nose: Elegantly fresh with soft nougat, liquid honey and ripe fruits: lemons, grapes, raspberries and peaches. Also crunchy apples. Furthermore, the inviting bouquet is rounded off by an ounce of spice and a bit of wood.
Palate: Beeswax galore! The first sip has a lot of honey sweetness – soft, runny and dainty. Later, I also get yellow and red fruits as well as zesty lemon, sugared milk coffee, full-flavored vanilla and delicate chocolate. The texture of this 10-year-old Speysider is smooth, the stature is good and the character is (very) palatable. Happy sipping!
Finish: Towards the end, the sherry casks show themselves a bit more. Thanks to them, the sweet and savory Scotch leaves behind yummy notes of red berries, spices and cocoa.
Type: Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Region: Scotland (Speyside)
Age: 10 years
Alc. volume: 46 per cent
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Cask type: Sherry
Price range: ~50.00 Euro
More info: http://www.douglaslaing.com/ (Bottler) ; http://www.bremerspirituosencontor.de/ (Importer)