Scapa 16-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Orcadian
Stated Age
16 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 Dec 2008 6:46 pm

Average value

€ 239.76

55 × in wishlist

801 × member ratings

2739 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Scapa 16-year-old

83 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.37 points

  1. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Delicious whisky, peat and some smoke make the taste delicate.

  2. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Positively surprised by the intensity of coastal fruitiness this one is able to present at a mere 40% abv. Would love this one at cask strength. Too bad they dropped the age statement a few years back.

  3. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A decent representative of island whisky, is not particularly deep and varied, but all that in it is well-opened and perfectly balanced. Pleasant easy and quick talk.
    • Nose
      Apple-citrus, slightly spirituous, rhubarb, kiwi, apple juice, mineral tones - sun-heated gravel, light notes of dried fruits - dried apricots, raisins.
    • Taste
      Pepper-sweet, then woody bitterness followed by lemon-compote tones.
    • Finish
      Warm pepper, soft, orange peel, caramel, medium-length .

  4. DocF scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A mature whisky with an interesting mix of light and dark aromas. I like it.
    • Nose
      Ripe peaches, plums and oranges, with cinnamon and cardamom. But also fresh with lemon and a salty sea breeze.
    • Taste
      Soft and ripe, subtle oak spice, again dark peach and plum aromas, also spices.
    • Finish
      Gentle finish, more spices here.

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasted and appreciated for much older - very tasty nose if you warm it slightly.
    • Nose
      Initially restrained spiciness with honey sweetness, looks valuable but closed. Even under the cover, a delicate nose gathers only with difficulty - but what smells very good there - peppery old oak with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg - spicy but also round and oily old - sweet, complex fruit flavors that I only once come name unspecifically exotic. It is quite fresh today - so I warm the glass slowly: now come very sweet oranges, sugared lemon, red plums, mango, pineapple, apricots, mountain peaches, green tea, flower scent, bitter almonds - to marzipan, a little wax, always is also oak cargo here - spicy as tobacco - herbaceous pleasant always in balance and slightly behind the fruits receding. Hand warm will make the nose better and better - very nice.
    • Taste
      syrupy sweet, tobacco, leather and mint tingles directly on the tongue, then spread sweet and sour fruit - plums and pineapple, then pushes spicy but hardly bitter oak forward, pepper, rosemary, even more tobacco, sawdust, milk chocolate, Tree bark, black tea
    • Finish
      Oak, then a mixture of cooling mint - fresh dry, slightly astringent, ethereal peppery aroma, as from cumin seed and rosemary but without it tastes of these spices, tart plant aromas are very long on the palate, hardly bitterness

  7. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very nice own whisky, a bit like Old Pulteney only stronger for the age and a little sherrytöniger, but not much
    • Nose
      Malt, red apple, vanilla, wood chips, pear, light salt notes behind, moist hay and subtle sherry tones
    • Taste
      Malts, young malty oak, red apple, light vanilla and hay, pears, grapes, salt notes far in the background but present, a little berry bushes probably. in between, not very strong but for 40% still surprisingly ok and aromatic
    • Finish
      Dry fruity, yummy, medium long

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Slightly downgraded my score but I still really like this and uts is a great shame that they are no longer doing it.

    Not complex but very easy drinking.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I have to admit I'm very impressed by this Orcadian malt. Nicely sweet
    with a lovely aroma, a beautiful rich and full-bodied taste, followed by
    a pleasantly long and enjoyable finish. A tremendously smooth,
    well-balanced and charming dram. But don’t add any water as it
    immediately kills the whisky. A great addition to any whisky collection.

    • Nose
      The nose is thick and rich with vanilla and butterscotch. Flavours of
      sweet tangerine arrive, complemented by orange peel and heather honey,
      with gentle spiced oak in the back. Sweet and smooth.
    • Taste
      Velvety and full-bodied with rich flavours of vanilla, toffee, and
      mellow juiciness. This is accompanied by delicate oak and winter spices -
      cinnamon, caramelised ginger, and cloves. Lingering notes of acacia
      honey towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and warm with a delicate sweetness of toffee, vanilla
      and gentle spiced honey. Creamy with a hint of bitterness. Lingers
      nicely with a slightly dry and spicy edge.

      WITH WATER: Fresh and
      clean on the nose. Fruity, vanilla sweetness mixed with a hint of the
      sea. Water significantly tames the sweetness, remaining an unpleasant
      metallic-like note on the midpalate. The finish is short, subtle sweet
      with a whiff of warm spices.

  10. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The bottle is tall, commanding and elegant shape conveying the graceful and alluring nature of the whisky contained within. With a colour palate inspired by the striking blues of the Orkney landscape.The illustration of the lone boat in the protective, calm waters of Scapa Flow is suggestive of sanctuary and contemplation'.

    Tasting Notes and Comments by Scapa.
    • Nose
      Sweet and velvety on the nose with flavours of sweet Clementine and heather honey.
    • Taste
      Perfectly balanced and rich with a tang of ginger and sweet baked apples.
    • Finish
      Rich, long, very slightly dry with the merest hint of the sea.


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