Scapa is an interesting distillery, being one of the few from Orkney. The Scapa distillery was established in 1885 and is located at Scapa Flow, an area famous for its role in both World Wars as it linked the North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean.
The distillery went through a series of owners after WWII, and sadly it was mothballed in 1994. In 2005 Pernod-Ricard took control of Scapa, reopening the distillery and just recently releasing their first bottling, this 14 year old single malt.
I went back and forth on this scotch. At first, I appreciated the butterscotch sweet nose and honey on the palate, a refreshing change from some of the heavier malts out there. It's no wonder it won a double gold medal at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
After a few weeks, though, I found I was routinely passing over the Scapa when choosing a dram. It struck me as a bit disjointed and simplistic, with a minimal finish that didn't suit my palate.
Overall, I'd rate the Scapa 14 year single malt as average - it's a decent-priced malt (mid-$30 range), but it is nowhere near the value of others in this price range (The Balvenie Doublewood, for example).
Score: B- (worth a taste, especially to try an Orkney malt, but not at the top of my list)