The Skiren from Scapa is their NAS offering that should make you forget about the 16 Year Old. The Skiren were an East Germanian tribe that originally lived in today’s Poland. Around 230 BC they moved south, towards the Black Sea. What the link with Scapa is, remains a mystery to me. Let us get down to tasting this baby.
Wonderfully sweet with a twist on the nose. Think lime and apples, but also something floral (wild flowers) and green as if from young twigs. A heart of sweet malt with a little wood. Some Turkish Delight, but overpowered by greenwood. Pleasant, although just a tad too sweet to my taste. A surprising pinch of salt in the background.
The arrival is good, nice body. Now the saltiness comes first, somewhat more prominent than on the nose, before the fruit shows itself. Gooseberry, apple, oranges, some nuts. Caramel and a slight bitterness as if from tea that has been in the glass too long. All well and good.
The finish is somewhat short, but keeps a nice balance between the sweetness and the salt.
In all honesty, I was not expecting much, but this turned out to be a nice surprise. Good whisky, but unfortunately somewhat expensive (around 70 EUR in my neck of the woods).