SCAPA 11 years old 2005 - 60th Anniversary LMDW 45%
Single Malt, Scotland / Highlands-orkney, 70cl, Ref: 51667
A Scapa through and through, the hallmark chocolate, vanilla and fruity character of this single malt renowned for its mellowness and balance really shines in this version bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for La Maison du Whisky. Yet it also dazzles in its arrangement of herbaceous, medicinal, saline and mentholated notes, that give it an incredible burst of freshness while drifting towards an increasingly heady and camphoric register.
Profile: precise, the nose is medicinal and herbaceous. Fresh and exotic (kiwi) fruit rub shoulders with acacia honey and chocolate. The palate is highly malted and fruity (white grapes). It gradually becomes oily and saline. Notes of boiled sweets.
Single Cask no. 438 – Bourbon Barrel
Limited edition of 336 bottles
Exclusive to LMDW
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- Type / Subtype : Whisky / Single Malt
- Brand / Distillery : Scapa
- Country / Region : Scotland / Highlands - Orkney
- Merchant : Gordon & Macphail
- Line : Single Cask
- Bottling :
- Dilution : Not chill-filtered
- Strength : 45%
- Volume : 70cl
- Vintage : 2005 Vintage
- Age : 11 Yo
- Peated : Unpeated
- Packaging : Case
- SKU : 51667
- Appearance : vibrant gold.
- Nose : refined, precise. Fine saline, subtly medicinal and herbaceous notes (cut hay) create the Scapa signature that immediately emerges in the nose. Fresh (apple, pear) and exotic fruit (pineapple, yellow kiwi) come next, leaving their own mark on an aromatic and gustatory palette that whisks us away to the shores of the legendary bay of the Orkney Islands. On aeration, acacia honey and chocolate give it a lovely soft character.
- Palate : clean, smooth. Extremely malted and liquorice-infused, the attack on the palate is also highly fruity (white grape, peach, plum) and milky (almond), almost oily (hazelnut). The mid-palate is saline and herbaceous, while notes of melon and watermelon lend a heavy dose of freshness and juiciness to the end of the palate.
- Overall : long, balanced. A perfect synthesis of the nose and palate, it reveals itself to be as mentholated as it is malted. Notes of green tea and Vosges boiled sweets then come together in perfect harmony. A dash of camphor arrives in the retro-nasal olfaction, emphasising its medicinal side. The empty glass naturally presents notes of vanilla, chocolate and fruit (William pear).
- The brand
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
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.
The partnership between La Maison du Whisky and this malt specialist goes back to the early seventies. Initially La Maison du Whisky sold Gordon & MacPhail’s great classics. In the 1990s LDMW established its own cellars and launched a new collection called simply ‘Single Cask’. Every single malt in this range undergoes a rigorous selection process from a large number of samples. As its name suggests, Single Cask consists exclusively of single malts from a single cask that has been bottled without chill filtering. It is thus a separate range in its own right, and is presented in a special bottle selected by La Maison du Whisky with a label adapted from an existing Gordon & MacPhail model.
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