Douglas Laing


Cask Strength

ABV 53.6%
REVIEWED Issue 130
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Brand: Scallywag, Douglas Laing
Expression: Cask Strength
Type: Scotland Whisky / Blended Malt
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2015
ABV: 53.6%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Tasting notes
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: A nose of herbal brittle toffee, barley and earth with hints of tart gooseberry, fennel and thyme. With time, honey, beeswax and banana skin. Water emphasises the barley and fruit.
Palate: Sweet and honeyed but the alcohol and minerality balance. Coffeed oak with barley and subtle herbal notes. They build in intensity, especially when diluted.
Finish: Masked by the alcohol and drying with the herbal notes in full swing, especially with the addition of water. Light honey and banana skin.
Comment: A seriously entertaining dram... As long as you have a bit of a herbal fetish that is!
Taster   Charles Montanaro
Nose: Vanilla, saltiness followed by a delicate oak spice prickle finishing on bitter orange and raisins.
Palate: Lovely oak spice, ginger and cinnamon gradually taken over by creamy vanilla and strong orange and lemon.
Finish: Light, zesty with a touch of nuttiness, cinnamon and vanilla.
Comment: Enjoyable, surprised how quaffable this is considering its ABV. If, as I suspect, this is a sherried whisky, it is extremely well balanced with no overwhelming oak but a discreet marriage of flavours. A great Speyside.
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