Оценка: 85-86/100. Цена: неизвестна.
Scapa 12 y.o. single malt whisky
Have you ever drunk Scapa? You haven’t? What about Ballantine’s? Well, then you’ve tried and a part of the malt distillate of this small distillery. Besides malt whisky the distillery also offers „liquid amber“ and for the blends of Ballantine`s whisky, which reminds me that I should try Ballantine`s Christmas Reserve, which is created in a limited quantity and is intended as a tasty Christmas drink.
What can we say about Scapa? First, the distillery is located on the island of Orkney, where is situated and the building of Highland park. Albeit competitors, employees of Highland park were operating in the building of Scapa and partially maintained the distillation process, during the time when it was closed. Second, Scapa is a small distillery, whose production capacity does not exceed 1,000,000 litres per year, although these values are not being achieved practically. The distillery is run by just a few people and only in some days of the week. Scapa is the second most northern whisky distillery, located south of Highland park. There is another feature that is more significant for the profile of the whisky which flows there – the water source, serving the production purposes, passes through peat layers and this suggests that the whisky would have and peat profile. On the other hand, the malt is not dried with peat, which compensates the composition of the water. From my personal observations, I can say that the peat is very slightly perceptible in Scapa 12 y.o. and 14 y.o. Perhaps more tangible in Scapa 12, without, however, turning the whisky in such of an „island, Islay“ type, which makes me glad, as the excessive peat dominates over the other qualities of the whisky. There are more things, that I can mention about the history of the brand, but I’ll include them in the next article, dedicated to Scapa 14 y.o. single malt whisky. As you can guess from the name of the article, I’ll present you the youngest representative of Scapa, which together with the 14-year-old distillate, has become rare and can be found in a very few places. I filled my sample in bar Masterpiece, in Sofia, and in stores can be found only Scapa 16 y.o., which is the only malt distillate currently produced by the distillery.
Aroma – dried fruits, woody, liqueur, spicy, sweetish, peaty, caramel. Taste – peat, which here was more pronounced than in Scapa 14, where is almost absent. Wax, honey, peppery and slightly bitter. The finish is of medium length, smoky, honey, peppery, then appears and dried-fruit sweetness.
Assessment: 85-86/100. I have a few more grams left in the sample and after having them finish, I’ll add to the current notes.
In summary: If you get the opportunity give a chance to this distillate. It is interesting and has a lot to offer.