Rather than review drams by themselves I'm doing a little series comparing some 'side by side'.There may be two or more, they may be from the same or different distilleries, similar ages, ABVs and types or not as I decide!
This time we are reviewing two teenage sherried drams ideal for Christmas Glenfarclas 15yo and Douglas Laing's Scallywag 13yo what differences are there?
|Dram||Glenfarclas 15yo||DL Scallywag 13yo|
|Characteristics||46% ABV, Non-coloured, NCF||46% ABV, Non-coloured, NCF|
Nose: Complex sherried, light butterscotch aromas, with a hint of dried fruit.
Palate: Full bodies with a superb balance of sherried sweetness and malty tones.
Finish: Long lasting, gloriously sherried, sweet and distinguished.
|13 Years Old Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky is a limited edition “big brother” to the original Scallywag and is the first Scallywag bottling to carry an age statement. Matured exclusively in Sherry Butts.|
Nose: big, dark, distinctly sherried, raisin-y with home-baked fruitcake and molasses to the fore.
Palate: the sweet dark sherry opens, then detect late vanilla, nutmeg and ginger mixing with rich cereal tones.
Finish: spiced offering a long and wagging tail-end of mocha.
Lovely dark gold colour... swirls lead to slow thin legs tears.
|Nose||Strawberry jam, dried fruit.||Dark cherries, dates, dried fruit|
|Palate||Honey, sherry, strawberry jam and dried fruit from the nose||Dark sherry slightly drying, toffee, spicy ginger|
|Finish||Medium and warming, a little spice bite.||Long spicy and warming.|
|Overall||Both were lovely sherry drams, but the taste of Christmas - I'm not sure - the Scallywag probably meets the criteria - there's loads of dark fruit and sherry notes. I paired both of these with some homemade Christmas cake and this enhanced the flavours of both. For me if you want a lovely sherried dram at a reasonable ABV (rather than Cask Strength A'Bunadh) either of these will fit the bill but for me the Scallywag takes it by a (dog's) neck!|