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Scapa Skiren

Overall rating
79.46/100
votes
246
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2015
Casktype
1st Fill American Oak Casks
Casknumber
Batch SK01
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Batch SK01
Barcode
5000299607091
Added on
03 Aug 2015 11:47 am by z-imaging
Chillfiltered

Average value

€ 55,81

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246 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Scapa Skiren

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.46 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 79 points Administrator

    Orkney's second distillery is often overlooked for a reason: its small range of NAS expressions is poorly presented and shockingly expensive! Matured in first fill American oak, the nose of Scapa Skiren is gentle, creamy and citrusy with notes of pine needles, barley sugar and heather honey. Did you ever taste the Christmas tree? Resin and wood bitter flavors attack the palate with a dry kick, disrupted by hints of sweetness and Ricola cough drops. More bitterness, lemongrass and Earl Grey tea dominate the rather short finish. Back to Highland Park...

    RATING: 3.0/5.0 stars ≙ 79 pts → AVERAGE
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      76 76

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    1 of 9 Scapa drams at a club tasting. I actually liked this one more than the whiskybase average and it was one of my favourites out of 9 mediocre, but totally inoffensive scapas. I just wish scapa had the balls to bottle something over 40%. Because scapa needs and deserves more. It’s really good, but it’s not unlike Blair Athol or Glentauchers in the sense that a lot ends up in blends, so they aim for a fairly tame and generic profile. Which is fine, but it won’t showcase well at 40%. Come on scapa, grow a pair.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Dainty, fruit salad, Manuka honey, a little pine sap, bubblegum, light beeswax, a few citrus notes. I like this nose, but its very light.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Loses steam, but after chewing for a few seconds it builds a little. Some honey, pepper, a sprig of mint, fruity
    • Finish
      84 84
      Short, but nice flavours of honey, mint, kiwi, watermelon.

  3. Gareth74 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    Interesting and forgettable.

    Here’s a party trick, make a whisky that on initial tasting really gets the nogin jogging and the tastebuds firing on all cylinders but after a short while settles down to become a rather forgettable and mundane dram. How’s that possible?

    This is the first Scapa I’ve ever tasted and I have to admit, I was expecting something more characterful and interesting. The first few glasses delivered that, there’s all sorts of things going on in the glass (ignore the nose, it’s pretty but mundane), lemon rinds, altoids, fresh oak, some kind of orange oil way off in the background, vanilla and pepper. And then something changes.

    I’m not sure what happens but it becomes rather dull and uninteresting. It’s not a bad whisky by any means but you get this distinct feeling that you’re drinking something without a discernible identity. It’s the kind of scotch to drink because you have to because it’s that or Bell’s, rather than you want to.

    However, I won’t be deterred. This rather average NAS could very well be the worst thing Scapa do! Here’s hoping.

  4. Lorion scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Solid. Pretty interesting. 73 points!
    • Nose
      75 75
      Grassy. Met from an oak barrel. Sweet. Fruit salad. Some kelp.
    • Taste
      70 70
      Fresh with honey and oak. Pineapple, apple. Some charred wood.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Medium long, sweetish. Honey stays short.

  5. mema82 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Cut, bruised apple parts at first. Also some honey, as well as hints crisp apple cider and lemon peel. It becomes quite farmy after a little while, with notes of barley and straw.
    • Taste
      A hint of milk chocolate to start, before settling into a very malty territory, with just a hint of lemon, as well as some bitter oak and cloves.
    • Finish
      Lingering oak-y bitterness, as well as a pinch of salt.

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/on-location-scapa/

    [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-

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/whisky-squad-149-judgement-day/

    [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+

  8. The Macallan scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Allright and not to bad at all!
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  9. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Story Tellers: Tasting Whisky in January 2017

    surprisingly fruity and sweet
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

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