1991 Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice Scapa 29 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
Owned by Pernod Ricard, Scapa is another distillery that's almost disappeared from the market place, with just two NAS expressions making up the core range: Glansa and Skiren. A selection of single casks were launched in 2020, and there are about a dozen cask strength bottlings but you have to visit one of Chivas' visitor centres to find them. Part of the scarcity has been attributed to the intermittent supply of aged stocks, with the distillery being mothballed for refurbishments from 1994 until 2006 (production did take place from 1997 using staff from Highland Park, but it was only for a few months of the year). Needless to say, this is highly unusual, even for indies. Cask #3092 was a first fill Bourbon barrel yielding just 66 bottles globally. Distilled in 1991, the Australian stocks are next to nothing. Non chill filtered.
Notes from the bottlers... Nose: Zesty citrus and rich vanilla pod lead to poached pear. Taste: Sweet flavours of honeydew melon and pineapple are balanced by soft white pepper. Finish: A medium-bodied finish of lingering fruit and spice.