As a big fan of Big Peat, I had to try out Scallywag by Douglas Laing as soon as it was launched. Scallywag is a vatted malt made from Speyside whiskies, such as Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes. Most of the whiskies in this small batch release come from Spanish Ex-Sherry butts, but there’s also some Ex-Bourbon casks used in the maturation as well.
Master of Malt said that Scallywag is like a trusty sidekick for Big Peat. I agree, this Fox Terrier wearing a monocle is a good follow up to Big Peat.
Scallywag Small Batch is another character in a bottle, literally by Douglas Laing. This blended malt has lots of sherry sweetness, which is occasionally balanced by the bourbon cask influence. Douglas Laing has yet again managed to create a characteristic vatting. What’s inside, really does fit with the label: a cheeky but smooth terrier. Truly, a big sidekick in a small form.
Scallywag is like a roller coaster ride, full of surprises and strong character. Right at the start it gives you über-sweetness. Just what I was expecting, when thinking of Big Peat and its über-smoke. Coming from the makers of Big Peat, so it has to be über-something, right? And when it’s a Speysider, it has to be sweet.
Scallywag changes its course roughly, though. So much of a character, that it’s occasionally repulsive for even me. It can be mellow and tasty, but overly sweet and in the end, very bitter. Scallywag is easy to reference, not with movies, but with TV stars. It’s just like Eddie a.k.a Moose, the cheeky terrier from Frasier.