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Scallywag Cask Strength A High ABV Speyside Whisky Drinker

Scallywag Cask StrengthIndependent Scottish whisky bottler Douglas Laing, having released a few months back its Rock Oyster Scotch expression to explore flavor profiles of whisky common to Scotland’s islands such as Jura and Orkney, is back in the new releases chute with word of a cask strength edition of one of its more established offerings. Known as Scallywag Cask Strength, it is set to come available this month.

The original Scallywag, noted Douglas Laing, debuted in November 2013 and was focused on displaying characteristics common to Speyside single malts. The new Cask Strength variant takes the baseline of its older sibling and notches up the ABV, going from 46% to 53.6%. While that may not seem like much of a difference based upon numbers alone, trust us, it is.

“This Cask Strength Scallywag bottling makes the wee dog’s eyes pop, his ears blow open and his monocle ping – but it will make your palate sing,” said  Fred Laing, Douglas Laing’s managing director, in a statement. “The mellifluously fruity, spicy character and barley, mocha, vanilla and orange-y flavours make it a human treat worth begging for.”

Limited to just 1,000 cases released globally, noted Douglas Laing, expect Scallywag Cask Strength to price around £50 ($80 USD approximately). Included in the mix of this blend is whisky from the likes of Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the former founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award-winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y globally. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert, and judge, he has written extensively about the subject, been interviewed in various media outlets, and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions.

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