Firstly a happy new year to all our members. We trust you had a good holiday and your liver is restored and ready to rip into another year of exciting single malt whiskies. For our first whisky of 2018 we head over to the Orkney Isles to try the Scapa 2005 vintage.
The Scapa 2005 Vintage is aged in first fill American oak and bottled at 43% abv.
To the eye, a pale straw colour belying the American Oak it was aged in.
On the nose it is flavoursome, yet gentle and beautifully light with vanilla, baked apple and lime zest.
A delightful buttery mouthfeel with sweet marmalade, vanilla and oak. Those traditional American oak flavours are well represented here, yet with a fruity, sweet tinge and wafting notes notes of honey.
The mouthfeel stays buttery to the last, with very slight pepper and … is that mint as it finally fades?