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Scapa Skiren

Overall rating
80.13/100
votes
459
Whiskybase ID
WB70740
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Orcadian
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 11:19 am by z-imaging
Chillfiltered

Average value

€ 61.52

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Whisky Reviews for Scapa Skiren

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.13 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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.

  2. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 79 points Super 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

  3. Bomshanka scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    This is a review of a bottle that has been open for more than 2 years. Additionally Im reviewing the last few drams of that bottle, which were drunk today in an effort to secure more shelf space. Not a great whisky, and the price seems extravagant for what you get, but if you can pick up a bottle for cheap its a good daily sipper or introductory single malt.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Nutty, malty, wet cardboard, with a whiff of flowers and honey.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Mildly fruity on barely ripe apples and pears, yeasty bread, not quite done baking. Slightly cardboardy and dry again. Sweet honey and sea breeze salt appears in slight moments.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Pleasant but short, on peppery cardboard, not much of an event.

  4. Gareth74 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    By maturing in first-fill casks, it can hide its supposed youth well behind intensive cask aging and appears a bit more mature than some other malts without an age statement. I would say that Scapa is on the right track.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/scapa-skiren/
    • Nose
      A light and fresh impression of a sea breeze, then malt and citrus come to the fore. Interestingly, the aroma then becomes increasingly sweet, so that the citrus notes are associated with ripe oranges and tangerines. Apples can also be found in the aroma, whereby the increasing sweetness creates an association of ripe, red apples in freshly baked apple pie. After the first taste, an almost syrupy sweetness becomes dominant and is reminiscent of sugar syrup and honey. If you give the whisky enough time and your nose gets used to the dominant aromas, you will also find spicier notes of heather.
    • Taste
      When trying it, a creamy feeling spreads in the mouth at first, whereby the malt and the apple pie can also be found here. As in the nose, the mouthfeel is clearly characterized by the syrupy sweetness on the second try.
    • Finish
      Very soft and medium length. The sweetness slowly fades in the finish and the mouthfeel becomes a little drier.

  6. kikist scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Nice but too light for my taste.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. SCPF scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    -5 is too expensive for NAS whisky!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Gras, salt and fruity
    • Taste
      90 90
      Gras, salty, vanilla, citrus and creamy
    • Finish
      81 81
      Short aftertase, little dry

  8. John87 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. Malthead19 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Color gold

    - a very tasty NAS whisky, very balanced, soft and tasty, definitely more aromatic and better than the GLANSA
    - Even with the very good quality, 45-50 € for this NAS is not exactly cheap
    • Nose
      light, fruity-fresh, flowery, flower meadow, spring, light oak, vanilla, cinnamon
    • Taste
      mild and soft start, subtle but very successful mixture between sweetness and fruit, toffee, grapes, ripe apples, spice cake, creamy
    • Finish
      soft, medium-length finish;
      medium-long, sweetish-fruity aftertaste, spices linger, very pleasant

  10. hafssol scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Nice smooth Orkney whisky. Despite seeming quite young, it slowly reveals a long finish with hazelnut and vanilla taste. Definitely worth a try.

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