SCAPA 15 ans 2005 French Connections G&M 57,7%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Highlands-orkney, 70cl, Ref: 58150

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Founded in 1885, the Scapa distillery was temporarily closed from 1934 to 1936. Since 1959, it has been equipped with a Lomond wash still. After being modernized in 1978, it was mothballed in 1994. From 1997 to 2005, when it was bought by Chivas Brothers, it produced during only a few months of the year in order to maintain the facilities in good condition. Perfectly representing its unique malty, salty, fruity and gently chocolate style, this version irrefutably echoes the magnificent Scapa 2005 bottled in 2016 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of La Maison du Whisky. Just as expressive, it takes us spiritedly to the outskirts of the distillery, and more precisely the banks of the famous Scapa Flow.

Profile: the subtle first nose is vanilla, milky (coconut) and herbaceous (cut hay). Allowed to breathe, it reveals aromas of citrus fruit (lemon) and chocolate. Next, aromatic plants (sage), white florals (lily of the valley) and musk appear alongside fresh fruit (peach), exotic fruit (pineapple) and acacia honey. The dynamic attack reveals notes of cut hay, green barley and chlorophyll. The medicinal and mentholated mid-palate is also spicy (curry) and lemony. The svelte start of the finish wavers between precious wood and malted barley. A very fine layer of green liquorice then gradually covers the taste buds. The end of the palate is chocolatey, mentholated and slightly ashy.

 

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  • Appearance : bright gold.
  • Nose : fine, subtle. The delicately salty first nose is vanilla, milky (coconut) and refreshingly herbaceous (cut hay, alfalfa). Allowed to breathe, it develops citrus fruit (lemon, grapefruit) aromas and the vanilla turns into chocolate. As time passes, the aromatic palette becomes more complex. Aromatic plants (sage, verbena), white florals (lily of the valley) and aromas of musk appear alongside fresh fruit (white peach, pear), acacia honey and exotic fruit (pineapple).
  • Palate : lively, dynamic. On the attack, cut hay, green barley and chlorophyll flavours immediately refresh the taste buds. Next to these, medicinal notes of tiger balm, peppermint and benzoin rise to the surface of the flavour palette. Next, lemon zest, coriander, dill and a pinch of curry form a particularly concentrated mid-palate. At the end of the palate, white chocolate, Velay verbena and balsamic notes (cedar, pine) appear together in perfect harmony.
  • Overall : long, svelte. At the start of the finish, notes of precious wood (oak, spruce), cereal (maize, malted barley) and vanilla bring out the first-fill bourbon cask ageing. Gradually, a very fine layer of green liquorice and spices (cinnamon, ginger) softly envelops the taste buds. The vegetal (tobacco) retro-nasal olfaction is also chocolatey, mentholated and very slightly ashy. The empty glass is intensely malty and floral (lavender).
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Although the spring water it uses is highly peated, Scapa produces a single malt that is not very peaty - in fact, almost not peaty at all. The distillery uses a Lomond-style wash still in its own original fashion, enabling it to produce an oily and unctuous spirit. Lighter than its neighbour Highland Park, the single malt produced by the Scapa distillery is always a close reflection of the grain, expressing fruity notes (pear), hints of marine (salt) on the palate and a chocolatey finish. Its single malt is mainly used for the blends of the Ballantine’s family. Find out more

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Merchant

This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.

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Of all the existing specialist bottling ranges, Connoisseurs Choice is without doubt the oldest. The label underwent a few changes in the 1980s. Plainer and more restrained, it became two-toned with creams and browns. When segmentation by region of production region was adopted by the whisky industry in the early 1990s, the range changed its identity again. The label now shows a map of the region of Scotland where the malt comes from. To the delight of whisky enthusiasts, the range, which is always evolving, is now bottled at 43% and 46%.

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