Bought: Whisky Auction, 8th May 2015
88/100 – Whisky Bible 2015
84.5/100 – Whiskybase (average from 14 member votes)
In recent years when I go back home to Scotland, I always make a point of having a dram from the family bottle of Scapa 12yo. As the liquid level dwindles away, it made sense that I should acquire my own bottle. Having been replaced by the 14yo ten years ago in 2005, the best place to purchase the 12yo was at an auction. I was delighted to secure a 1 litre bottle, which I assume was made for airports and duty free as it’s an unusual size for supermarkets and off licenses.
In the Whisky Bible 2015 the review of the 12yo has been reduced to just 3 words – “always a joy” but, back in 2009, the author had a lot more to say about one of my favourite whiskies. Jim Murray describes the taste as “truly brilliant mouth arrival: the most complex delivery of malt and cocoa; the fruit is ripe figs with a thread of honey” and the finish is summarised with “a slight bitterness with some developing toffee, but the malt stays the distance”. 88/100 classifies the Scapa 12yo as “very good to excellent whisky definitely worth buying”.
I see that Whiskybase mention ‘The Whisky Exchange’ were selling a bottle for £175 but it has now sold out. There are no shortage of old bottles appearing at auction with winning bids ranging between £40-£60.