- 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
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
- Delicious whisky, peat and some smoke make the taste delicate.
- 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.
- 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.
Apple-citrus, slightly spirituous, rhubarb, kiwi, apple juice, mineral tones - sun-heated gravel, light notes of dried fruits - dried apricots, raisins.
Pepper-sweet, then woody bitterness followed by lemon-compote tones.
Warm pepper, soft, orange peel, caramel, medium-length .
- A mature whisky with an interesting mix of light and dark aromas. I like it.
Ripe peaches, plums and oranges, with cinnamon and cardamom. But also fresh with lemon and a salty sea breeze.
Soft and ripe, subtle oak spice, again dark peach and plum aromas, also spices.
Gentle finish, more spices here.
- Blind tasted and appreciated for much older - very tasty nose if you warm it slightly.
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.
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
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
- Very nice own whisky, a bit like Old Pulteney only stronger for the age and a little sherrytöniger, but not much
Malt, red apple, vanilla, wood chips, pear, light salt notes behind, moist hay and subtle sherry tones
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
Dry fruity, yummy, medium long
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Sweet and velvety on the nose with flavours of sweet Clementine and heather honey.
Perfectly balanced and rich with a tang of ginger and sweet baked apples.
Rich, long, very slightly dry with the merest hint of the sea.