Skara Brae (Scapa or Highland Park) 1999 / 17 Year Old / Cask #46 Bourbon Cask
70cl / 51%
Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky
A vintage from Orkney from independent bottlers Coopers Choice. Only 334 bottles
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. was founded in 1992 by Brian Crook, an honours graduate in Food Science with twenty years experience in the malt whisky industry, latterly as Export Director for one of Scotland's principal distillers. The aim was to produce a range of malt whiskies from Scotland's finest distilleries and to make them available to independent wine and spirit importers throughout the world.
Sold under the name of Secret Orkney and is presumed to be a scapa fired during the dormant phase when the distillery was only cheered twice a year by Highland Park employees.
Nose: When you open the bottle, a hint of smoke comes out. Then it goes away quickly and the whisky becomes very spicy, heather and seaweed. Iodine and salt water, paired with citrus aromas. The nose is already clearly a Scapa.
Palate: Now, first, a burning bonfire on the beach draws on the palate, it remains herbaceously-fresh with clear citrus notes and a large wave of seawater. Light sweetness of heather honey paired with oak planks of the sunken ships .
Finish: Medium and again a hint of smoke, bitter lemon zest and strong espresso to the end, salty!
Conclusion: Wonderful fresh whisky, which one notes the 17 years, but still wild and impetuous. Anyone who likes salty and tart whiskys is thrilled. This is clearly a Scapa that was probably stored in a refilled Highland Park barrel, the smoke is too tender for it to have come over the mash