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Douglas Laing Unveils Latest Seasonal Limited Editions Of Big Peat, Scallywag

Douglas Laing recently added two seasonal special editions to a long line of festive bottlings within their Islay and Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky brands: Big Peat and Scallywag. Big Peat’s Christmas Edition is the first ever to be finished in sherry casks, while Scallywag’s Winter Edition goes for 100% sherry cask maturation from Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry butts.

Scallywag’s 4th addition to the Annual Winter Series sees what’s described as “a remarkably rich and robust marriage of Speyside Single Malts, and official testing notes indicate it delivers “warm gingerbread, spiced oak, and orange rind on the nose. The palate reveals layers of cocoa and juicy berries with a nutty Malt style. On the finish, Scallywag fans should “anticipate dates with forest fruits and winter spice.”

This winter dram has been bottled at a natural cask strength of 52.5% and is offered without coloring or chill-filtration.

Scallywag Winter Edition 2023
Douglas Laing recently added two seasonal special editions to a long line of festive bottlings within their Islay and Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky brands: Big Peat and Scallywag. (image via Douglas Laing)

Big Peat’s 2023 Christmas Edition, meanwhile, has official tasting notes mentioning “hints of dried fruit, cocoa, and spiced oak with candied peel and Hebridean sea air, peated barley, and ‘his’ signature smoke.” It is offered at a natural cask strength of 54.8% and bottled without coloring or chill-filtration.

“This year’s festive releases have been highly anticipated at Douglas Laing,” said Brand Manager, Scott Morrison, in a prepared statement. “We are incredibly proud of the final product and can’t wait to showcase it to the whisky world. Scallywag’s Winter packaging is like nothing we have seen before, oozing luxury and adventure. Big Peat’s remains Seriously Committed to Smoke with plenty of peated notes, alongside the festive Sherry Cask finish.

“It is the ultimate way to combat the wintery cold nights ahead. We hope everyone is as excited as us for the release of these two very special festive bottlings.”

Big Peat Christmas and Scallywag Winter Editions are available now and can be purchased from specialist retailers in key markets globally, including Europe, America (Big Peat only), and Asia. Big Peat Christmas will retail at £60.00, and Scallywag at £65.00.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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