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I think Scapa 16 is underrated. It is a nice craft-oriented dram that really hit the spot after I gave a lecture yesterday and needed a respite.
It does have a strange tincture mixed in with biscuit, short bread, toffee, autumn leaves on the forest loam after a loam, moss, and nougat--probably due to peat in the water used to make it(?), but I even enjoyed that somewhat odd flavor, as well, which I connote as "wet leaves/forest loam" and "moss." There is also a cinnamon note along with the loamy note in there, as well.
No, the Scapa is not "big" anything. It is an understated gentleman, and fills that niche quite handily, I must say.
This is not your typical whisky by a long shot. My wife also liked it, and that's saying something. She is not a whisky person, and prefers wine, and not all that much wine, actually.