Scapa 2005 (Bottled 2017) Gordon & MacPhail / 43% – Scapa, founded 1885, has often been described as “the Orkney other distillery”. It is located near Kirkwall, the capitol of Orkney, and indeed, it has been living in a shadow of its great neighbor, Highland Park Distillery. Currently Scapa is owned by Chivas Bros, subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, and produces roughly 1 million liters of spirit per annum. Scapa is one of only two distilleries (the second is Loch Lomond) still using lomond wash still for whisky production – a still equipped with perforated plates controlling the reflux action of spirit (however the plates have been removed). Gordon & MacPhail hold bottling license for the brand and release it as part of the Distillery Labels range. Scapa 2005, bottled 2017, contains whisky aged in white American oak barrels, predominantly first fill.
Nose: light, sweet and fruity, green apples, grapes, lemons, freshly cut grass, vanilla, touches of pine needles, leather and oak.
Palate: fruity with a spicy tang, mango, grapefruits, oranges, vanilla, milk chocolate, walnuts, white pepper and delicate herbal notes.
Finish: fairly long, fruity, with notes of vanilla, tropical fruit and milk chocolate.
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