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Scapa 16 Year Old

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@conorrobReview by @conorrob

27th Oct 2013


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Saved for moving into my first home I have been saving this for quite some time. Probably the first whisky I ever fell in love with and the true reason my obsession began.

Got it for £50 but that was with a discount for quite a thorough whisky tasting session in Cambridge. Not a bad price if you ask me. Though the guy told us that the distillery was closed and only reopened on weekends to release a small amount of bottles from its left over casks. Which since then I have realised was false information. No matter

Nose: Apples galore. Summer fruits, pears, apples and a whiff of peach. Very fruity this. No real punch of smoke. I can smell the Ocean, salt and a cool ocean breeze. Caramel becomes noticeable after around twenty minutes in the glass and strengthens with time. The longer its left the more apples that present themselves.

Palate: Again summer fruits shout at me. Apples, peaches and pears are the main components of this dram. Sea salt and flowers. Sunflowers come to mind, though Lilies and dandelions may also have a small part to play. 23

Finish: Gentle smoke on the finish as my tongue tingles. Long, warming and full of flavour. A finish I could find myself appreciating forever. 24

Was it worth the wait? Hell yes. I love this whisky, haven't tasted anything like it. In fact everyone who I've seen try it have enjoyed it both whisky novices and experts. Even my partner enjoys the stuff and that is really saying something! A dram everyone should try at least once. Quite hard to find in my experience but well worth the search.

If you want my humble opinion, this light, smooth dram is definitely best saved for those warm summer months and saving the sherry casks and peat monsters for the chilling embrace of winter. Try immediately after pouring ... and sip for the next half an hour to really appreciate the effect of time on this dram!!!!!

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Lifewaterforce commented

Alittle overpriced, but a lovely malt that doesn't get the credit it deserves. Would love to see this one at 46% and without chill-filtering. Nice review btw!

7 years ago 0

conorrob commented

Exactly my thoughts ! 1. I paid too much 2. Shoud be around the £40 mark. Would be nice to see that. Would like to get my hands on the old 25 as that was CS but the price scares me off (£250).

7 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

I agree with everything said. The Scapa is very nice and elegant in an understated way. I think the price is too steep here in the USA by about ten or fifteen bucks, but I am still quite liable to pick up a bottle soon. Actually, last month, I took back a bottle of Scapa 16 and two other bottles to afford a bottle of Glenfarclas 40 year. It ended up being the most stormy day of the year and I was driving down the Interstate about 1.5 hours south and back again in high winds that were blowing everyone around on the road, especially trucks and RVs. It was kind of an adventure. The power went out in half of Portland and as I drove south there was power again in the stores. I couldn't have breakfast in Portland before I left because of the power outages in restaurants and I didn't know anything about it when I left my house, or I would have eaten at home.

As for the steep price of the Glenfarclas 40, which was about $450, I probably couldn't have brought myself to buy it without the boost from returning three other bottles I had bought about a year ago. I kind of regret returning the Scapa 16, but I don't regret returning the Auch Three Wood and the Balvenie 15. Auch Three has really let me down lately as my palate grows more sophisticated. The cloying mouthfeel just is not working out, and the high amount of fake coloring/flavoring just doesn't sit well with me. I won't be drinking that one any time soon. As for the Balvenie 15, it's great but it just doesn't grab me like it used to a few years ago.

Meanwhile . . . Scapa is growing on me. There's a restaurant near my house that has it and I've gone over there a few times just to order it. Nice dram.

I can see where you are going by calling it a nice summer dram, but I think it reminds me of autumn leaves--the palate has qualities that reminds me of the smell of leaves on the ground. It seems like a great autumn dram as well.

Anyhow, great review, Conor. Hope your new house is working out.

7 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

BTW, Scapa 16 costs about $90 in Oregon, USA.

7 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

That's 55.6 British Pounds.

7 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

Obviously, it should be cheaper in London and England since the shipping to America and individual states (it's a big country) from the port of arrival is expensive and should add $$ to the cost per bottle. Also, the taxes here are terrible, at least half of the price of a bottle is taxes, at least according to my reckoning.

7 years ago 0

conorrob commented

@rigmorole thats a great story! In my head I'm hoping your drove all that way in pursuit of the Glenfarclas 40 ! Its top of my hit list that one! Bad choice returning the Scapa I'd say ! But then there will be more opportunities to reacquire a bottle I'm sure.

Tax in England is killer on alcohol too but thankfully it doesn't have to cross an ocean to get to us in London ;-D I know I got ripped off but the tasting session was grand and the whisky divine so I can't complain too much.

It's my favourite whisky to date... yet I'm not entirely sure why.

The house is working out great got a few months of working on it but all moved in and got the shower and heating working so thats always a plus !! haha

Finally the autumn thing definitely makes sense. Its just the lack of sherry and or smoke that lessens its appeal come the cold months of winter.

7 years ago 0

cmc commented

In the netherlands a bottle Scapa 16 years costs 53,- euro (about 44 pound or 73 US dollar) Strange! because taxes are extremely high overhere.. Great whisky, BTW!

7 years ago 0

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