Scapa Flow famous not only for it's scotch but also as the place where the German Fleet of 74 ships were scuttled after the end of World War One. This and Highland Park are two of the most northernly distilleries in Scotland and while easy to find, Scapa was mothballed in 1994. As stocks decrease you can bet price will go up although a small amount is still produced on a part time basis by men from the Highland Park distillery. Scapa is mostly used in the Teacher's and Ballantine blends.
Scapa is a medium hay colored dram that noses softly with a little honey, malt and chocolate. There is no peat noticeable at all which is unusual for an Island malt. The taste is very clean and smooth with chocolate, malt, oak and honey all coming to the front at one time or another in a fairly complex combination of flavors. The finish is full of malt and cocoa and last a medium long time.
Scapa's popularity and sales have been growing as of late as people discover the wonderful flavors of this scotch. At a fairly low price this is one of the best bangs for your buck I've run across. As good as this is, the 14 yo ($50) is even a bit better. While I don't own that one yet the tasting I've had of it makes it a lock that it will soon be on my shelf. An ACE for both of them.
Edited by AVB, 22 January 2007 - 10:39 AM.