Gordon & MacPhail

Scapa

1987

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 5
Specifications
Brand: Scapa, Gordon & MacPhail
Expression: 1987
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Scotland / Highland
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
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Scapa Distillery, St. Ola, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Leafy. Slightly sour, herbal note. Peat. Salt.
Palate: Lightly syrupy, nutty, salty.
Finish: Nutty, salty, very long. Appetising.
Comment: A complex, delicate, well-balanced vintage.
8.0
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: Stunningly fresh and clean with gristy, grassy malt, a lovely thread of orange and honey and the very faintest echo of smoke. As mouth-watering as any nose could be.
Palate: Immediately dry with a zesty fruitiness. Deep malty notes do water the mouth but the development seems arrested by a non-specific flat fruitiness.
Finish: Slightly spicy; rather lacking in complexity.
Comment: Gordon and MacPhail has been the purveyor of Scapa's excellent malt far longer than owners Allied, which was slow to wake up to its allure. However, this is not its finest bottling and lacks that lovely cocoa depth of yore.
7.5
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