My current w-o-c (whisky of choice) is the 18y Coal Ila, the double matured Talisker or the 16 y Lagavulin, and i was really expected the Scapa to find a niche between that of the Talisker and the Lagavulin - maybe i was deluding myself with the fact that Scapa is on Orkney and so far north??
I wonder what the more experienced members think of the Scapa?
I think maybe there is a lesson for you here--don't put too much stock in regional characteristics, especially "Island", which is no region at all. Scapa may not be your style, but I do hope you will learn to appreciate it on its own terms. It's really a very nice malt.
Thank you for the replies, i think I placed to much emphasis on the location of Scapa - it was an impulse buy last week based on the fact that the standard 10 y Talisker has been my sort of "house" brand since my eyes were opened to SMW and that Scapa is further north, also on an island and thus i was expecting a similar complex whiskey, sea, salt, layers of tastes, basically the same sort of "explosion of taste" but in stead i found the Scapa to be a much more refind taste, lighter, and more like a Springbank.
Hmmm, should be a lesson not to go with the impulse buys - my other choice was to start with the Bruichladdich family, the 10y standard version.
Having just poured myself a dram of Scapa i must agree that in its own right its a good whisky, but just not of the strenght of character than what i expected. A good "pre-dinner" whisky, gentle, friendly and one that can be shared with those not familiar with the more robust members of the SMW family!
There are lots of tasting notes available here, both on the magazine's website and in the forums. Look at the first thread under this heading, Whisky Tastings. And welcome aboard!
But then, the pleasure is in the enjoyment of that first sniff ( now know that its the "nose" of a whisky!), that first taste, the pleasure of swilling it, savouring the tastes, the depth of the whisky. For me its as if i can taste the skill, the expertise, the history that have gone into each and every bottle of SMW that has found its way to my table!
Its and addiction, and i am not talking about the alcohol!
Ps - thanks for the kind words of welcome!
Part of the fun and enjoyment is getting to recognise some of the characteristics that make whisk(e)y. Even the experts don't know it all and many on this forum will disagree with them.
Just as you don't like Scapa 14 (just now) many will say they do. Some have already commented on their dislike of Caol Ila 18 but you enjoy it, and quite right too.
A trick to tasting is to look at the age statement of the whisky and hold your first mouthful for one second per year. You will find more flavours start to emerge as a) your mouth warms the sprirt and b) your own saliva dilutes it to release even more aromas. If there is no age statement hold it for 15 seconds
Enjoy every drop and keep reading the boards
The other good advice i have received on my posting was to get the right tasting glass - this i picked up from postings on the other forums - so now the hunt is on for a "glencairn" tasting glass. I'm sure i will find one somewhere in town.
Also been told to rub a drop of the whisky between the palms of your hand, that the heat will release some of the more subtle "nose" of the whisky so will have to try this, but its seems such a waste of good whisky!
Back to the topic of the Scapa - had another taste yesterday evening, with the tasting notes as i found them on this site, and concentrated on experiencing the Scapa in its own right and it is a good whisky, then compared it to a Rosebank 22y, cask strenght - found them to be similar after having added water to the Rosebank to dilute the alchohol a bit.
Ahh, its a great life, having the priviledge to enjoy such good whiskies!
Crieftan wrote:Even the experts don't know it all and many on this forum will disagree with them.
Yeah...'cause unlike the experts, we do know it all!
Excellent comparison with Rosebank, Laurentius, despite age and strength difference. The Rosebanks I've had have been very lemony. A shame that one's gone. As I've stated elsewhere, I think there is a boom in interest in Lowland whiskies coming, fueled in part, ironically, by their decreasing availability. Like rock stars, many distilleries sell best after death, unfortunately.
MrTattieHeid wrote:I think maybe there is a lesson for you here--don't put too much stock in regional characteristics, especially "Island", which is no region at all. Scapa may not be your style, but I do hope you will learn to appreciate it on its own terms. It's really a very nice malt.
Once again, well said Mr. T.
Scapa 14 is a very good malt that is both sweet and flavourful, take a moment to warm th dram in the glass before tasting, it will open up.
Welcome to the forum Laurentius.
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