Better late than never but it’s about time I’ll check out the latest batch of Scallywag Cask Strength. I had the magical opportunity to be at Douglas Laing HQ when the original Scallyway was released and I loved it so lets check it out and see if this batch of the Cask Strength (4800 bottles) manages to keep up to the high standard of the original.
Nose: Malty which isn’t surprising as I assume it will be young, and energetic (thanks to those extra %), strong sherry impact, dried berries, sultanas, white pepper, demerara sugar, vanilla pods are scatter through, quite lively and punchy.
Palate: Young, punchy and even a bit spirity from time to time, malt and porridge followed by a wave of sherry notes starting with sweet dried fruit, then oak spices and cinnamon, vanilla, pepper and eventually nutmeg along with additional cinnamon notes.
Finish: Medium length, lingering sweet dried fruit, malt and new oak wood.
Thoughts: Delivers exactly what was expected out of it. A stronger and beefed up sherried Speyside whisky for a reasonable price even if it feels a tad younger than the original Scallywag. No wonder it is sold out in most places.