Happy "World Whisky Day"!
@dlaingwhisky has long been known as an award winning independent bottler. The family run and owned company has purchased and bottled an incredible selection of single malts from various distilleries all over Scotland. As the whisky craze continues to spread around the globe, many independent bottling companies are finding it more difficult to purchase barrels with higher age statements as distilleries struggle to keep up with demand. Enter, the Master Blender. Often left in the shadows, a blender’s job is to do precisely what his job title states. Blend whisky together in order to keep a consistent taste profile within the company’s core range (be it single malts from one distillery or a blend of scotch whisky from various distilleries). In this day and age however, companies are quickly switching to the pure malt form of blending. This eliminates grain scotch whisky from the blend which allows the Master Blender to rely on single malt scotch as the sole component in the expression. Over the past few years Douglas Laing @remarkable_malts as released a very interesting lineup of blended malt whisky, each of which focuses on a specific region of Scotland. “Rock Oyster” focused on the Island region, “Timorous Beastie” on the Highlands, “Big Peat” is sourced from Islay and “The Epicurean” which is a blend of Lowland malts. Today we’ll be focusing on “Scallywag”, a blend focusing on arguably the most famous of Scotland’s regions, Speyside. Scallywag is a blend of single malts from distilleries such as Macallan, Glenrothes and Mortlach. Scallywag is non chill-filtered, natural color and bottled at 46% ABV. The nose is predominantly defined by the sherry influence and is rich a sweet with dark fruit notes and honey. The palate has a bit more bourbon cask influence with lighter fruit notes, oak, orange and some baking spice. The finish is medium and length with a nice dark chocolate note to round it all out. I think this would be a great scotch for someone who is looking to segue from blended scotch to single malt! Or as a gift to any Speyside scotch drinker who has a dog. *sample provided. all views are my own