Douglas Laing’s Scallywag: Tasting Note


We’re honored to have Douglas Laing offerings being poured for the first time at this year’s Whisky Jewbilee NYC. Douglas Laing is a very highly regarded Scottish independent bottler established in 1948. Known for their excellent cask selection they also have vatted malts among their offerings. Today we’re tasting Scallywag, a vatted Speyside malt.

Introduced Fall of 2013, Scallywag is a vatting of, among other malts, Mortlach, Macallan, and Glenrothes. Their use of both European oak (ex-sherry casks) and American oak (ex-bourbon casks) should provide a sweet and spicy dram. Bottled at 46% alc. and non-chill filtered this Non Age Statement offering can be found for between $60 and $70.

Color – Reflective gold

On the nose – Bright and grassy with sweet vanilla, powdered sugar, and fresh ginger

Flavors on the mouth – Silky and sweet with more powdered sugar, warming spice, and melted milk chocolate

Finish – Short to moderate with milk chocolate covered raisins and a drying spiciness

Overall – From an inviting bright nose through a luscious texture in the mouth there are plenty of flavors to enjoy along the way with this excellent vatted malt.

Be sure to look for Douglas Laing’s Scallywag on the main floor at Studio450.