Scapa 16 Year old


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21st Feb 2015

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About this score:

  • Nose: 24
  • Taste: 23
  • Finish: 22
  • Balance: 23

The average score for this whisky is 84.

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Tasting Notes by BARutledge

This scotch may always be overlooked and under-appreciated. I am not sure if it's rare or not, but it seems to be under-reviewed too...

If you see the bottle on the shelf, don't pass it up. This scotch is very pleasant and consistent no matter the receptacle. It needs only a small splash of water, but a little extra time to open up. So admire its golden-amber color and swirl it around a bit.

The nose is unique. I find it difficult to not swirl it around again for another whiff. The body is sweet and syrupy, almost like a bowl of fruit that's been tossed in simple syrup. Despite its lower alcohol content, this whisky has a very nice finish if you give it a chance to develop and pay attention. Let the Scapa 16yr intrigue your senses...

From tumbler, small splash of water, lots of time to breathe Overall-92

Nose-24: pewter, grape taffy, apples, wildflowers, honey, dry-grass

Palate-23: sugary fruit; peach, mango, pear, banana, bing cherry, marble... toffee, honey, crispy-shortbread-cookie

Finish-22: warm, prickly, mouthfeel with a taste of cherry wood at first... a wave of sea salt and seaweed roll through, and leaves behind sweet remnants of honey, oak, and potent floral notes

Balance-23: lots of character with smooth transitions from one flavor to the next.

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Robert99 wrote:

@MaltActivist Great review! I'm a bit like you, I love it when I learn new things. That is why I was wondering if you could post the link about the rejuvenated cask and the technic of bain-marie? In french, bain-marie is a common word describing a culinary technic where the hot liquid never get in contact with what is been cooked. Every time a parent heats a bottle of milk by putting it in a pot full of hot water, he is using this technic. So if the staves are plunged directly in the reduction you were refering to, this is not, technicaly, a bain-marie. I am also curious because, like you, I have detected sherry notes in whisky that were not in contact with sherry cask. I am wondering if some bourbon could have been in those rejuvenated cask? That could be a way to bend those strict rules they have about cask. As it is often the case with new knowledge, I am left with more questions than answers.

31 July 2015 15:01

MaltActivist wrote:

@Robert99 try this link -

This is where I started off...


01 August 2015 06:51

Robert99 wrote:

@MaltActivist Thank you for the link. Fantastic reading! I have now more exploration to do... The fun must go on!

01 August 2015 15:32

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