Nose: Clean, soft floral, spirity, perfume, raw grain, bubble gum?
Palate: Sweet, malt, beer-like, hay, bitter middle, refreshing
Body: Oily, smooth
Finish Clean, quick, warm
Quote: A gentle breeze of a malt, malt being the recurring theme here and not much else. I can’t help but like it, but it’s a little too Lowland-like for my taste. Maybe the low ABV hurts it (almost Blend territory), I’m sure I’ll find a time when it just suits the mood I’m in. The bubble gum in the nose developed towards the end of the bottle.
I'm curious to compare the 14, but it will be awhile before it gets cracked open, since it's not one I "need to know" just yet.
I think the problem for Scapa was that people kept expecting it to be like Highland Park. However, once you divorce its close proximity to HP and judge the malt on its own merits, I find it a very fine dram.
(Sadly I haven't tried the new 14yo yet, but it hasn't found its way to these shores yet.)
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