The Orkney Islands, located off the north coast of Scotland, are full of mystery and intrigue. Age-old tales of Viking settlers, St Magnus Cathedral and Pictish ruins. It’s a stunning place. Here at TheWhiskyBarrel.com we have an exclusive Orcadian mystery on our hands. Well, let’s be honest, it’s not really a mystery. We are delighted to release a very limited St. Ola®, 8 Year Old, 2010, Orcadian Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey, 66.2%.
St. Ola Scotch Whiskey
St. Ola is a very important parish located on the Orkney mainland. Here can be found some of Orkney’s most famous and well known landmarks. The epic St. Magnus Cathedral for one and both Highland Park and Scapa whiskey distilleries. These are the only Scotch whiskey distilleries on Orkney, so St. Ola is essentially the home of Orcadian Scotch. Scapa, is perhaps less well known and in the shadow of its globally renowned cousin, Highland Park. We’ve never seen a single cask of Scapa. Ever. From the many ‘Unnamed Orkney’, ‘Mystery Orkney’ and ‘Orkney Single Malts’ we have seen in recent months, it’s obvious from the flavour profiles that these have come from the distillery on the outskirts of Kirkwall. We’re happy to deduce the same origin for our very special St. Ola® bottling.
So What Does St. Ola Scotch Taste Like?
Very nice indeed! There is a certain character to this 8 year old that certainly shouts out Highland Park. There is a lovely sweetness to the nose. A freshly torched Crème brûlée. The classic Highland Park notes of heather honey are apparent. A light peat smoke runs into the palate along with a robust old leather and burnt orange which goes through to the long and oily finish. This is a young whiskey but it packs plenty of flavour and adding to a very strong spirit base. Good cask work.
This is the first ever St. Ola® scotch whisky. Just 82 numbered bottles at cask strength, natural colour and un-chillfiltered.