This is a 16 year expression from Scapa that was recently discontinued. It’s bottled at 40% ABV.
Nose: Pear juice, fresh toasted oak, peaches, briny malt, cumin, and a fresh cotton note.
Palate: Doughy malt full of brine again with fresh oak and earth – the fruits have gone MIA.
Finish: Bitter cocoa emerges with new oak notes lingering.
Rating: 83/100 – Simple, but enjoyable – a definitive no-frills dram.
Value for the money: This used to retail around $70, but since it’s been discontinued, it’s harder to find. At retail, it would make an ok buy, but would like to see it closer to $55 or so. I can’t imagine these go for much at auction, so you can probably find a decent deal there.