Scapa 16 Year Old "The Orcadian" Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Scapa 16 Year Old "The Orcadian" Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Rich amber whisky with slow, thick legs, the nose is bright and lively, showing off a lot of red fruit and a hint of sea salt. Rich and silky on the palate, it invites you in with red berry fruit and creamy malt. This is followed by dry, crumbly peat (not smoke, the peat itself). The finish is dry and warming and lasts for quite a while. D&M Tasting Notes
A soft, easy-going whisky with a foundation of honeyed vanilla, caramel custard, and mouth-coating maltiness. Floral and brine notes are sprinkled throughout, as are cocoa, white pepper, and subtle edible seaweed. Soft malt and brine finish. A whisky with a gentler personality when compared to most other island malts, making it a nice introduction to the style. I would, however, like to see this whisky bottled at a higher strength and not chill-filtered. I’d be more than willing to sacrifice some drinkability for greater intensity and more subtle nuances. Still, it is an enjoyable whisky, and enthusiasts of its predecessor -- Scapa 14 -- should also like it, albeit at a higher retail price.
(Vol. 18, #2) 85 Points Reviewed by: John Hansell
Four Stars/Highly Recommended Spirit Journal December 2012