Douglas Laing marks anniversary with Scallywag 10yo

by Melita Kiely

As it continues its 70th anniversary celebrations this year, Douglas Laing has bottled a 10-year-old limited-edition single malt Scotch whisky under its Scallywag brand.

The Scallywag brand was first brought to market in 2013 and is a nod to the Laing family’s fox terrier, whose face adorns the packaging. Bottled at 46% abv without caramel colouring and non-chill-filtered, Scallywag 10 Years Old is a vatting of Speyside single malts and has been matured solely in Sherry butts. It is said to have notes of cocoa, stewed plums and mocha. Only 4,500 bottles have been created and will be sold at RRP £49.99 ((US$67). Cara Laing, director of whisky and third generation of the family business, said: “Some would say that Scallywag 10 Years Old is in fact aged 70 years, and if you count in canine years, that is indeed the case. “It is 70 human years since my grandfather, Fred Douglas Laing, founded his eponymous company back in 1948, and as a man with a rather sweet tooth, we believe he’d be particularly proud of the vatting we have created, combining Speyside single malts matured in oloroso and Pedro Ximénez casks to bring those rich, dark, fruity and indulgent notes to the fore." Earlier this year, Douglas Laing launched a limited-edition series within its Xtra Old Particular range to begin its 70th anniversary celebrations: XOP Platinum. Last month, the independent bottler also teamed up with Glasgow bartenders to create a cask strength version of its Lowland blended malt, The Epicurean.