Review: Scapa 16 yr. oldJanuary 5th, 2009
After dealing with a bad cold and then bronchitis in December, I am finally recovered and have my taste buds working again. That means I’m back to reviewing whiskies. Sorry about the absence. I know that some of you look forward to them.
Scapa, 16 year old, 40%, $75
A soft, easy-going whisky with a foundation of honeyed vanilla, caramel custard and mouth-coating maltiness. Floral and brine notes are sprinkled throughout, as is cocoa, white pepper and subtle edible seaweed. Soft malt and brine finish. A whisky with a gentler personality when compared to most other island malts, making it a nice introduction to the style. I would, however, like to see this whisky bottled at a higher strength and not chill-filtered. I’d be more than willing to sacrifice some drinkability for greater intensity and more subtle nuances. Still, it is an enjoyable whisky and enthusiasts of its predecessor—Scapa 14—should also like it, albeit at a higher retail price.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 85
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