Blended Malts are a growing category.
These 2 do the honours for the regions – Speyside for Scallywag & the Islands for Rock Oyster.
Made up of single malts sourced from distilleries within their regions, both are presented non chill filtered & after checking on the whiskey.de website – appear to be natural colour – despite Scallywag being noticeably darker.
A honeyed nose with a bit of depth.
Smooth & easy on the palate.
A touch of spice on the finish.
For someone that’s not generally into Speysiders – this is quite attractive.
Rock Oyster, 46.8%
A very gentle waft of seaweed. To be honest I was expecting more!
Light in colour – light on the palate – but it does open up on the finish with a comforting smoky fire by the seaside!
Both are easy going blended malts that only came alive on the finish for me.
Rock Oyster wins out – but I was a tad underwhelmed.
Whereas for a Speyside – Scallywag impressed.
The cheeky labeling & attractive presentation suitably entertained though & further exploration of the Douglas Laing stable is warranted.