Overall rating
80.14/100
votes
292
Whiskybase ID
WB46314
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Casktype
Sherry Butts + Bourbon Hogsheads
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5014218796490
Added on
15 nov 2013 5:20 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 42.87

17 × in wishlist

292 × member ratings

667 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Scallywag DL

49 users have left 53 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.14 points.

  1. The_Osprey scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Scallywag BMSW 46%.

    30ml sample at home Apr 2022. First dram in three weeks after a bad cold. Fully recovered now and ready for some whisky :)

    Interesting colour. Dark gold yet slightly washed out.

    Aroma is mousy oak, muted crystalised ginger and dried apple, maybe some buttermint. Certainly refill cask vibes. The sweet ginger increases with time. Okay.

    Watery body.

    Taste is spicy, musty, bitter oak. Well suited to the bottling ABV - it’s punchy but the alcohol is covered up with spicy oak. Water isn't needed and I wouldn't want it any stronger either.

    Yep this is oak-forward and on the bitter side. The linger is old oak and salty. These casks have been well used previously! Despite the lack of an age statement there's no obvious 'young whisky' vibes evident – in fact it drinks like a very mature whisky.

    Although it took me a few sips to warm up to this whisky, I like aspects of it and it disappeared quickly. It’s billed as a sherried whisky but it’s certainly not a sherry-bomber’s whisky. More something for the traditionalists who enjoy a good spicy reuse cask. I do enjoy some Scotch whiskies when the oak vibes are old and gnarly, but one or two first fill casks in the blend would have given this the counterbalancing richness it needs (for my palate at least) to offset all that old bitter oak. This grew on me quite a bit but I prefer the more premium offerings in the Scallywag range, predictably. 3.45/82

  2. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. butt scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. FeydRautha scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. hzs275 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. Likudi scored this whisky 81 points Shoplink Moderator

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    S 4
    Subtle sherry notes surfaced by the end of palate and carried till the end. Nose was a major letdown for me but palate and finish were decent.

    N 20
    Upfront winery fruit kick
    Then less-than-pleasant confit like oiliness masking other flavours
    Very fruity - Banana
    Touch of salt

    P 22
    Fruity carried through then gradually faded out
    Oak spice develops and ends with a touch of bitterness
    Creamy vanilla
    pear

    F 22
    Short finish
    Malty
    Spice lingering (nutmeg)
    A light touch of mint

  8. ehelkur scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      On the nose, there are raisins, nuts and fruits, oranges and some apple notes. Then spices, like cinnamon and vanilla, enrobed in chocolate and dried figs.
    • Taste
      Taste wise: Sweet with raisins and sour from oranges. The apples join the party mixed with chocolate and coffee, turning into spicier with cinnamon and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium, spicy and with some sweetness from chocolate.

  9. Jabarkas scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    For a not that expensive blend... Not bad. If you like light to medium sherry, you might like this one.
    • Nose
      A bit of sherry on the nose. Some alcohol.
    • Taste
      Again a bit of sherry is here. The taste is a bit weak. A bit of salt perhaps. Sweetness as well.
    • Finish
      Sherry. Again the finish is quite weak.

  10. Макс scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice sherry influence, typically playful DL design, great price. Impeccable, well-made and fair malt. I like it!
    • Nose
      85 85
      Immediately a nice herb-heavy and spicy note of sherry rises from the glass. Really heavy and showing dominance. This is followed by tart chocolate and spicy dark honey. It's not overly complex, but presents a really voluminous nose. Moves my mind into a dark forest with herbs and overripe berries along the way. After a while in the glass, you seem to catch a fresh citrus note. Fancy!
    • Taste
      86 86
      It lies creamy on the tongue, showing a pleasant but distinct sweetness. The forest fruits have a slightly musty character, the herbs can also be found in the taste. Likewise chocolate, vanilla and the honey note. Great balance of strong tart, spicy notes and sweet, musty fruits. Really delicious, the sherry is certainly not neglected here.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Good transition to a tart, chocolatey finish. The balance of flavor and sweetness is nice again here. Not too long, but fits perfectly for this malt.

  12. Feorag86 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Orange blossom, vanilla beans, cinnamon and feta cheese
    • Taste
      83 83
      Cinnamon bun, ginger, lemon and chocolate
    • Finish
      83 83
      Espresso, cloves, tobacco and sea salt

  13. nikolajsa@inbox.lv scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
      sherry, dried fruits, raisins
    • Taste
      81 81
      dried fruits, spices, caramel
    • Finish
      80 80
      medium, sweetness, spices, oak

  14. Gweddry scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      caramel, forest honey, sherry, raisins, dust, cherries, trace of sherry, avocado, toffee, vanilla, white grapes, trace of orange, fades
    • Taste
      sharper, fruit compote, sherry, vanilla, egg cognac, orange, creamy, hazelnut
    • Finish
      strong but short, malt, vanilla cream with raisins, plum jam, red apple, rye, chili, figs

  15. Squinugie scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  16. noelc scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
      Citrus, bit of leather, enjoyable after you let it breathe a bit
    • Taste
      84 84
      Certainly delivers, citrus, lovely spice on the tip of your tongue
    • Finish
      83 83
      Spice rolls over your tongue and linger for a very long time

  17. claymore84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 11-07-2020 in Rommerskirchen.

  18. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 83 points Super Administrator

    Our little Shiba Inu Akito (秋登) moved in last week, so Douglas Laing's Scallywag was the obvious choice to mark the occasion. Hailing from Speyside, the aroma accentuates orange blossom, pears and vanilla cream. Christmas spices, brown sugar and peach emerge. On the palate, boiled fruits, nutmeg and dark chocolate are interwoven with lemon zest, eucalyptus drops and roasted coffee. Cereal notes, fruit cake and spearmint migrate into the lasting and slightly astringent finish. This dram is like a well-behaved puppy with a charming tail wiggle!

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 83 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  19. coldsun scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The 4th time I try this whisky and it still fine for me. Rich and bold with notes of sherry, berries, black currant, barley malt, lemon and sweet citruces with classy warming malt and citric cut.

  20. Dris scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  21. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Lots of honey on the nose and slightly sour sherry, is that the Macallan? :-) In the mouth amazingly powerful, orange juice, malt and cereals. Even the finish lasts a long time. Nice pure too!

  22. Maltlife scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    A 5cl miniature was tasted. Nothing exciting, for the invoked price a down-to-earth blend, which requires no appreciable mindfulness.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Sweet notes of fruit and vanilla, ripe light fruits, some milk chocolate, some honey, smooth and straightforward, little complexity, overall in context quite pleasant and very easy to develop.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Juvenile, fruit and honey sweetness, again some chocolate and vanilla, flattens off flavourful taste, has nothing to offer charming, also here demands very little. After a while in the glass, it seems slightly watery.
    • Finish
      77 77
      In short, hardly available and not worth mentioning.

  23. coldsun scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The third time I tried "Scallywag" and it is still very competitive for me. Fresh and fruity with deep flavor and good tasting. Finish is quite stable and delicious.

  24. Malthead19 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    a solid blended malt, a hint of complexity recognizable, has a lot of potential, with more age it will probably be a very good blended malt
    • Nose
      fruity, sweetish, malty, honey, orange, oak, spices, rather subtle and restrained
    • Taste
      powerful onset, oak and spices are clearly in the foreground, fruit flavors are barely present or only very slightly pronounced, retains throughout a powerful mouth-filling and very present character
    • Finish
      mid-length spicy finish;
      short vigorous aftertaste with clear oak (in particular, it works a bit "sharper" here)

  25. schengel10 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    A young, expressive, well-done dazzling malt - unfortunately not exactly cheap;
    [Color] honey;
    • Nose
      fruity (peach, orange), malty, honey, spices, oak;
    • Taste
      pleasantly fruity, powerful, saffron oranges, sherry aromas, spices, oak, obvious youth;
    • Finish
      rather short, first fruity, then peppery pungency; in the finish oak;

  26. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  27. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    02-08-2019
    • Nose
      73 73
      spices, orange peel
    • Taste
      74 74
      fruit, bitter, sherry
    • Finish
      72 72
      dry, pepper, spices

  28. coldsun scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose with notes of flowers, fruits, cream, buttermilk, honey, barley malt. After tasting vanilla flavor appears. Taste adds spicy nutmeg and pepper notes. Finish echoes taste with deep spicy finish.

  29. coldsun scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very aromatic, tasty and light. Full of fruit sweetness. All expectations were fully paid off.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Flowers, honey, fresh fruits, apple, vanilla
    • Taste
      86 86
      Honey, citrus, stewed fruits, zinnamon
    • Finish
      82 82
      Sweetness, orange zest, vanilla, nutmeg

  30. GJR scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  31. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I really like that
    very balanced
    • Nose
      sweet, apple, grassy, sherry, raisins
      later flowery
    • Taste
      strong on the palate
      Sherry, raisins, oak
    • Finish
      long
      dark chocolate, bitter, astringent

  32. Martin1965 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry, orange, fruits
    • Taste
      Apricot, peach, oak, spicy
    • Finish
      Medium long and spicy

      Very well made for a blended malt without age - 87 points

  33. Kaleva scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Young but rather pleasant blended malt. In its price class Scallywag can be more reasonable purchase than some of entry-level single malts.
    • Nose
      Malty, fruity, fresh, sweet, vanilla and green apple notes
    • Taste
      Spices, sweet, black tea, orange zest
    • Finish
      Short, peppery, notes of walnut

  34. sk555 scored this whisky 74 points Member Junior

    Fruit rot. Too sweet, too young...

  35. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    On the nose, wood, caramel, sherry, a hint of vanilla. He reminds me for a moment of a Toblerone bar. On the palate, sweet with lots of power and spice. Very nice balance, not an ounce of aggression. A sweetness that persists in the final. The addition of water highlights the sherry on the nose with orange zest. In the mouth, it is the woody notes that assert themselves more. A real success.
    Enthusiasm 4/5

  36. Abadon05 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not as strong in honey as the Timorous but there is something there. The sherry notes are recognizable, but rather weak. Still a good blend, but not anymore.
    • Nose
      Marzipan, cherry wood, orange, very light lemon and after a while the honey comes
    • Taste
      Light spice, the honey is stronger, as are the orange and the lemon. Still pleasantly mild.
    • Finish
      Short to medium. And something dry.

  37. peatbogger scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    A real sweet tooth filler.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  38. peatbogger scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    Somewhat sweeter, rounder and richer in flavour than Timorous.
    • Nose
      Dry marsipan, toffee, some wood notes.

      Redcurrant and a little Kirsch.

      Sour cherries with whipped cream.
    • Taste
      Spicy turning on cinnamon.

      Very clear note of marsipan.

      Rich butterscotch, on the sweet side.
    • Finish
      Medium lenght.

      Lingering rich toffee sweetness.

      Like liqueur filled confectionery.

  39. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A quality blended malt that's great for everyday drinking.
    • Nose
      Vibrant with fresh lemon and oranges. Also cherries and icing sugar, with red apples and raisins.
    • Taste
      Sweet with soft spices. Caramel, fudge, vanilla, and raisins go hand in hand with a pinch of cinnamon and a bit of ginger. Very gentle and easy going.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices and bitter oranges. Medium in length.

  40. hans1971 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  41. peej84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  42. GIORGOS scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      76 76

  43. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I was absolutely pleased by the lovely sweetness of this blended
    malt. The vanilla and toffee notes from the used American bourbon casks
    pleasantly match with the fruitiness and spiciness of the sherry casks. A
    perfect marriage of flavours, rich and quite enjoyable neat. A truly
    entertaining dram and great Speyside whisky!

    I thank Douglas Laing for the sample!

    https://www.facebook.com/whisky.connaisseur/
    • Nose
      Amazingly sweet on the nose with icing sugar and toffee, accompanied by a
      lovely fruitiness of sultanas, red apples and sherry-derived flavours.
      Lingering spicy notes emerge with candied ginger, cinnamon and oak,
      complemented by sweet vanilla in the back. A gorgeous nose!
    • Taste
      The lovely sweetness continues on the palate. Vanilla and cereals,
      followed by prunes, raisins and oranges. Slightly warming spices emerge
      with pepper, caramelised ginger and fine cinnamon, complemented by dark
      chocolate and prickling oak towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is long with vanilla, zesty orange and sherry, followed by
      dark chocolate, espresso, spiced oak and a whiff of tobacco leaves.

      WITH WATER: Water brings out more spices on the nose, while the
      lingering sweetness and fruity flavours remain present. Creamy, sweet
      and fruity on the palate with a significantly increased spiciness of
      oak, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. The finish remains long, creamy with
      vanilla, dark chocolate and a spicy touch of oak and tobacco.

  44. HunterRomario scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I had a sample imported from the Whiskey Festival 2016. This bleached mortar contains, among other whips from Speyside, Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes.
    • Nose
      At the first bit I came a rather light, not unlike blended whiskey. But in a more detailed study, there is a slightly more varied palette of scent than a common mug to make the mixed whiskey malt again. Fruit sweetness, a bit of palatability, malt, and a very gentle touch of sherry. Vanilla, a little grass and orange. (82 b)
    • Taste
      I do not remember the blend anymore. That will be the power, 46%. Peppiness handles the maltiness and the sweet fruit. (84 b)

  45. Shane_IL scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    This was quite generic tasting to me, like many of the generic Speyside malts, so it does what it says on the box. I found this a bit young, like the Beastie some of the component malts are known to need some age to them. Also maybe some more emphasis on the sherry would do some good here.
    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/06/25/douglas-laing-regional-malts-tasting/
    • Nose
      Young. Lots of ethanol. Toffee. Marzipan. Coconut. Juicy fruits. Bubblegum. Woodspice, cinnamon, allspice, cloves. Dried peaches in custard.
    • Taste
      Bitter wood. Nutty note. Cinnamon bun. Barley sugar. Some more marzipan. Some bitter citrus.
    • Finish
      Medium. Still some young malt notes. Salt. Woodspice. Nutty wood.

  46. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fruity. Lemons. Juicy oranges. Dark chocolate behind. Tobacco. Gentle spice from European oak. Floral notes.
    • Taste
      After a light start pretty strong. Orange juice. Spicy. Cloves. Pepper. Tobacco. Malt. Some oak.
    • Finish
      Medium. Tobacco. Lemons. Orange peel. Dark chocolate. Malt. Herbal.

  47. zinaf scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    very estery nose and fruity and fiery on the palate,
    • Nose
      fresh almonds (marzipan), light sweetness (vanilla custard), red apple peel, something heavy and dirty (mortlach?); sweet ripe fruits - ripe cherry, peach;
      Water: starfruit (carambola), pomelo; elderflower
    • Taste
      sweet, then spicy (hot cinnamon) in the middle, williams pears, dark chocolate dryness.
      Water - apricot, very fruity with the spicy dimension still standing strong.
    • Finish
      Short, with some European oak surfacing after a while and touch of vanilla sugar

  48. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Nothing quite the "sweet wee" as announced on the bottle, already a right-wing mutt, robust, interesting, but not "cheap" for 45 €
    • Nose
      malty, herbs, grass, then spicy honey, maybe a bit musty (wet dog? ;-))
    • Taste
      Fairly strong and robust for a blend, grainy-spicy-sweet, spicier remains, a little pepper, ginger, and again grassy-herbaceous.
    • Finish
      slightly sweet herbal tea, tobacco ...

  49. Sidney87 scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      68 68

  50. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Netter Blend 3
    • Nose
      Honey and heather flowers. Fresh and floral.
    • Taste
      Light, honey, a little spiciness and some vanilla.
    • Finish
      Light, slightly spicy and not unbelievably long

  51. Fable scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  52. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 20 points Member Senior

    Scallywag NAS DL (Douglas Laing Abfüllung)Tasted 2014-03-29 @ Whiskey and More Bremen, Germany.
    bad, like overdue medicine, a bit rotten
    20

  53. Bishlouk scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    It is easy to drink, a little complexity, a good blend.

    (tasted in festival)
    • Nose
      Very vanilla.
    • Taste
      Pretty watery, vanilla and peppery.
    • Finish
      Sweet ... then an explosion of pepper (I like it!).

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