This 13-year-old Scapa, distilled in 2005 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in the famous 43-degree Labels Distillery range, impresses with its chocolate, vanilla and fruity character. This single malt known for its softness and balance, pleasantly combines herbal, medicinal, saline and menthol notes. Of a beautiful complexity. The Distillery Labels range is a testament to Gordon & MacPhail's unique relationship with a handful of distilleries for more than a century. Year after year conferring new make spirits, Gordon & Macphail has developed his art for the maturation of whiskey and showcases each expression under a unique label. An honor for these distilleries, now iconic, that did not bottle, or little, their single malt under their own brand.
This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.