Douglas Laing: Scallywag 13

Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whiskey differently from me.

Near the end of 2017 I took part in series 2 of #BlindTasting set up my Brian of Malt Musings. It’s taken me a while to get around to typing up my tasting notes from then but I’m getting there at last. If you’ve not heard of the #BlindTasting’s then you can get the low-down HERE and you can also find out more detail about Series 2 HERE on Malt Musing’s website.

The third and final blind whisky sample from Brian (@MaltMusings) in Series 2 was Douglas Laing Scallywag 13 year old. My full tasting notes are below:


Reddish gold (Irn-Bru!)


Very sweet – vanilla, fudge and brown sugar. Also very fruity with plums and cherries.


Sweet again with vanilla and fudge. Also spice coming through with some ginger and nutmeg. Once again more fruit and sherry notes.


Oak, spice fading quickly and sweet and fruity again.


An enjoyable dram if not overly complex. Very sweet and fruity but with a bit of spice on the palate to make it a bit more interesting. Overall though a good dram if you’re not looking for something you have to think about too much and I am a fan of sherried whiskies so it’s a winner for me.


Taken from the Douglas Laing website:

Tasting Notes:

The nose is big, dark, distinctly sherried, raisin-y with home-baked fruitcake and molasses to the fore. Palate-wise, the sweet dark sherry opens, then detect late vanilla, nutmeg and ginger mixing with rich cereal tones: all of which combine in the still spiced finish offering a long and wagging tail-end of mocha.

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