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June 13, 2023


WF’s Little Duos, right now Scapa IB vs. OB!

I concede that we could have attributed a number of ‘Secret Orkneys’ to Highland Park after they have been really Scapa, particularly those that have been milder and gentler. However how might now we have recognized? In any case, the 2 malts we’re going to style right now are certainly Scapa, it is even written on the labels. General, I discover that Scapa has change into, for example, uncommon currently; it is a disgrace as a result of G&M had some very good ones, for instance… Talking of G&M…



Scapa 17 yo 2005/2022 (55.3%, Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice for Kirsch Import, 1st fill bourbon, cask #486, 196 bottles)

Scapa 17 yo 2005/2022 (55.3%, Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Selection for Kirsch Import, 1st fill bourbon, cask #486, 196 bottles) Four stars and a half

Color: White wine. Nostril: By Jove, it appears we could have certainly attributed some secret Scapa to HP, as that is equally earthy and mineral, lemony, taut, waxy, and sophisticated just like the well-known malt of Edrington’s. There are even these admirable notes of heather honey, maybe even white heather. Heather is fascinating, and heather honey much more so. With water: Extremely-precise, with heather, candy woodruff, and limestone. Palate (undiluted): It is a bit extra aggressive on the palate than on the nostril, nevertheless it’s uncommon to seek out lemon and limestone paired like this, besides within the Aligotés from Domaine de Villaine. However we’re removed from Burgundy! Excellently taut, whereas nonetheless being enveloped by vanilla, honeysuckle, and a touch of coconut. With water: It truly is a wine-malt. Extra honeyed notes this time. End: Medium-length, with citrus liqueurs and as soon as once more, limestone notes. A contact of pink rhubarb. Feedback: It is very shocking, very stunning, of nice purity whereas being clean. Maybe with white asparagus? Effectively, let’s not begin enjoying the sport of meals and whisky pairings, we might by no means end…

SGP: 551 – 88 factors.

Scapa 19 yo 2003/2022 (56.7%, OB, exclusive to The Whisky Exchange)

Scapa 19 yo 2003/2022 (56.7%, OB, unique to The Whisky Trade) Four stars and a half

As I’ll have steered, these official Scapas have change into scarce and sought-after, I imagine now we have to thank TWE, and maybe Pernod for this one. Color: Pale gold. Nostril: What on earth is that this smoke? Fir wooden in a fire past the Arctic Circle? After which there’s fennel, rhubarb, inexperienced banana, star anise, contemporary agave, sandalwood, Armenian paper… It is all actually distinctive, contemporary, fragrant, delicate… After which these notes of Starkrimson apple and lime. What is that this? With water: The smoke has disappeared, however there’s nonetheless a touch of soot. The remainder revolves round contemporary apple. Palate (undiluted): Like G&M, a bit brisker, much less honeyed, and barely lighter. It is very stunning. With water: Extra meadow honey and tender caramel. A little bit of wooden emerges, however no downside. End: Medium-length, with fudge and tea. Simply tea. Feedback: We wish extra Scapa! And whereas we’re at it, let’s rebuild a Stromness distillery!

SGP: 551 – 88 factors.

As soon as once more, it is unattainable to distinguish between the 2 variations, though the G&M has maintained a minuscule lead all through. Plainly each have been chosen with distinctive care. Not by an AI, nor even just by scrolling by a MS-Excel spreadsheet whereas consuming a cup of milk tea and smoking a… uh, a Benson & Hedges Traditional Gold. Effectively, properly.

More tasting notesTest the index of all Scapa we have tasted up to now







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