Review No.92. Scapa Skiren

Scapa is often to referred to as the other distillery on Orkney due to the popularity of Highland Park.  This is not helped by their limited range of single malts which is comprised of this Skiren and the Glansa.  The Glansa being the peated version of the Skiren I believe.  Having done a bit of digging around I found that they had bottled a 16 year old which was popular, but stocks had run low and they were forced to have a rethink. You will also find a lot of independent bottles from this distillery but not much else.  This leads me to think that Scapa may be mainly used for blends in the main.  I know this goes into Ballantines 17 year old as they have a Scapa influenced version of this to show off the Scapa influence.  It is quite interesting to what Ballantines are doing with their releases but that is another article for another day.


Whisky: Scapa Skiren Single Malt Whisky, 40%

Nose:  Salt, sea spray, honey, heather

Taste: Honeysuckle, vanilla, cream, citrus, malt

Finish: Dry, salty, oak

Score: 3.25

Summary: This is extremely drinkable in my books.  The Deveron 12 was good but this goes a bit further with more of the honey and vanilla influence rather than citrus.  This is less dramatic than the Deveron 12 and other coastal whiskies such as Old Pulteney 12 in terms of coastal salty flavours but instead it offers a more balanced experience between coastal and sweetness. This is not complex by any stretch of the imagination but it is really delicious, I could easily go through a bottle of this quickly.  This has made me a fan of the distillery and I am keen to try more from them, but it is just a shame I missed out on the 16 year old and that they don’t have an extensive range.  I will need to take a look at the independent bottlers.


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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