Review: Scapa 22 Year Old 1991 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (MacKillop's Choice) / by Jason Hambrey

22 years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Scapa (Kirkwall, Scotland)

Highland Park’s other companion on Orkney, Scapa is part of the Ballantine’s stable. They use very long fermentation times to obtain a very fruity malt, and they use a unique Lomond still for part of their distillation - of which there are few in existence – Bruichladdich also has one.

This is a single cask from the independent bottler MacKillop's Choice.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: Cask 1211

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2013

On the nose: very fruity, with grape, peach, fresh apricot, apple, plum, violets, hay…I suppose fresh fruit and dried plants. Though there is some dried apricot. Old leather,

The palate is oily with a lot of dried grassy character (like hay), vanilla, chamomile, caramel, custard, caramelized peaches, and a light touch of oak on the end. There is oak lightly on the palate, but it doesn’t dominate. Very easy to drink – though I’m not sure if I would say that it is that interesting. The end has some light cedar, and some interesting tropical notes too that I can’t quite pin down in this sitting – maybe something like dried lychee? Remarkably easy at 57% - I would have guessed this to be 50% or 48% on the palate – one of the easiest 57%ers I have ever had. Nicely oily, and some good cinnamon and clove too.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Very low, based on $302.