Orcadian Single Malt.
Scapa Distillery lies on the Orkney Islands in Scotland, which makes it one of the most northerly located distillery. On the same island there is also Highland Park.
Barley used in the production isn’t peated, but its water flows through the peat bogs. Single malt production for many years is maintained at a low level. The distillery belongs to the Chivas Bros, which in turn is owned by Pernod Ricard.
12 year old version of Scapa is not produced since 2004, currently its availability is very limited. Tasting dram comes from the early 90s bottling, I was able to find it in the Dom Whisky Jastrzębia Góra w Warszawie. Currently distillery offers 14 and 16 years old issues. Scapa 12 years old, is bottled with 40% ABV, it is also coloured and subjected to chill filtration.
C: it is not natural, I won’t describe it;
N: pleasant, sweet, vanilla, wood cuttings;
T: mild, sweet, honey-heather, even biscuit, then a bit of oak with a little sharpness and bitterness;
F: even long, with bitterness notes.
Taste and smell indicate aging in Bourbon barrels. It is unfortunate that single malt is colored, chill filtered. 40% ABV seems sufficient in this case, even though it would be interesting to experience it bottled ABV 46%.
Mild and calm malt for every day drinking.