Product Description

From a tiny distillery in Orkney, Scapa is often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbour Highland Park. This 14 Year Old was quite a shortlived bottling 2007. Very rare bottle now.

When we think about Orkney, it is Highland Park that immediately comes to mind. But of course, Orkney has a second distillery. Unfortunately Scapa is not open to the public and they do not bottle a lot of whisky. Maybe that explains why I have only tasted one thus far.  Let me start with an older bottling, the 14 Year Old from 2007, by now replaced with the 16 Year Old in a new packaging.

Tasting notes;

Nose: Fresh and floral with a tropical touch. I am reminded of freshly mown grass and lavender on a bed of pineapple and white peach. Very fitting with the sound of chirping birds in my garden.

Palate: Gingerbread, nutmeg, vanilla and butterscotch aromas combine with a hint of sea air, while the palate begins with very light, creamy vanilla and creme caramel, evolving with citrus notes led by lemon and orange marmalade a hint of sea spray and digestive biscuits. Midpalate I also get some tobacco and a whiff of smoke. It remains fresh and soft. Wonderful.”

Finish: Quite fruity still, with some nuts at the death.

I seem to have been mistaken in keeping my expectations low, for this was rather good.

Gingerbread, nutmeg, vanilla and butterscotch aromas combine with a hint of sea air, while the palate begins with very light, creamy vanilla and creme caramel, evolving with citrus notes led by lemon and orange marmalade a hint of sea spray and digestive biscuits. Wonderful.

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