[Batch unknown] July 2017
N: Mildly sweet, gingery malty>honeyed spirit.
T: Arrives fairly innocuously without any dram, developing on a chocolate/maltiness.
F: Short/medium finish on sweetish ginger. Doesn’t mind a drop of water.
C: Really not too bad, not spirity nor immature. I needed more time with it but found this on par with the new HP 10yo [blog], I had just previously tried. More surprisingly, i find this a touch more favourable than the 16yo Orcadian.Scores a C-
[Batch 2] October 2017
N: Rose water jam & quince jelly, fruity sweets, rose leather, wafer thin sweet light meat, soft and floral.
T: Some cardboard for sure. There’s nothing terribly wrong here except that the palate doesnt quite deliver - a little lacking in body.
F: Rose water/quince jelly icecream-putty, dry cardboard icecream but some seriously salivating action at the end. Malty quince, a little vanilla.
C: Unique, stylistic whisky but once the wow factor had dissipated it was demoted from an initial [Rosebank-y] super-league status to something far more modest, though one table scored this at 90+. The palate let it down in the main for me, but anything that starts and finishes well can be dangerously quaffable. Hazarding a guess, i firmly ruled out Scapa. Turns out it’s a Scapa, one of their NAS range that i’d not tried before. I scored it an 84 with a collective group score of 86, another solid gold. At £32 it won a SBWM solid gold.Scores a C+