Scallywag Cask Strength
Scallywag Cask Strength, NAS, 53,6 %
Scallywag is the Speyside variant in Douglas Laings range of Remarkable Regional Malts, a series of blended malts. The original Scallywag was released in 2013, and in 2015 they released this limited cask strength version. The Scallywag Cask Strength has been maturd in a mix of sherry butts and bourbon casks. Only the names of three of the malts used are given, and those are Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes.
I have previously reviewed the regular version here. This Limited Edition 1 of the Scallywag Cask Strength has a total outturn of 6000 bottles as far as I can tell.
Nose (22/25): Dried fruits - mild sherry notes, honey and caramel. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Dusty library, or old attic. Chocolate and dusty tropical fruits (that's a bit odd, isn't it?)
Taste (21/25): Fruity and spicy. Lots of dark chocolate, the very expensive stuff with dark fruit liqueurs inside. Very, very rich.
Finish (22/25): Still with the exclusive dark chocolate with the delicious filling, but it is now joined by After Eight - dark chocolate with mint. The cool finish is a nice touch. Hints of oak, fresh mint, peppermint and eucalyptus. Right at the end the chocolate is no longer dark, it is a lighter chocolate mousse now.
Balance (22/25): I really liked this one. It was a bit surprising that this turned out to be a real chocolate treat, though.
Sláinte! - Thomas