Review No.224. Scapa Glansa

The Scapa Glansa jumped near to the top 10 of my whiskies to try next list after I had tried the Scapa Skiren.  On the face of it, the Scapa Skiren is a non age statement, coloured, chill filtered single malt bottled at 40% and costs £40+.  So not what most whisky fans would consider for their hit list…but even though it went against what I would also consider to be good practice I couldn’t help but enjoy it.  I enjoyed it because of how quaffable it was and not because it offered great value for money or complexity.  It hit the right notes that appealed to me in terms of flavour.  Creamy vanilla and coastal sea salt.  I suspect first fill bourbon casks were used for the Skiren.  The Glansa is the peated version of the Skiren but not peated in the traditional way.  This has been finished (not sure how long) in casks that held peated whisky.  I would suspect that this would mean that the peat would be quite sublte.


Whisky: Scapa Glansa Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%

Nose: Copper, damp grass, washing powder, butterscotch, vanilla, heather, smoke

Taste: Shortbread biscuits, vanilla, oak, sea salt

Finish: Smoke, vanilla, black coffee

Score: 1.75

Summary: This takes away a lot of what I liked so much about the Skiren.  It is interesting that it has been matured in ex peat casks instead of being directly peated becuase I think the peat takes over too much when I would have expected to sit subtly in the background.  The smoke brings bitterness and more oak.  There are subtle hints of the coastal vanilla notes in the background on the taste and finish.  Also some malt and biscuit notes provide some respite form the ash.  These notes save the Glansa to some extent but it still feels like the peat has been clumsily dumped into this and taken over those delicate flavours in the Skiren.  Not for me.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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