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Scapa

The bay of Scapa Flow lies with the Orkney Mainland to the North and South Ronaldsay and Hoy to the East and West respectively. The bay is of considerable historic significance, having been a naval base for the British fleet during both World Wars. During the First World War, the Grand Fleet employed the bay as their Northern base and during the Second World War a German U-Boat entered the bay and subsequently sank the HMS Royal Oak.

The Scapa whisky distillery had been distilling since long before, having been founded by Macfarlane and Townsend in 1885. The little huddle of buildings lies just outside of Kirkwall at Scapa Bay, and the distillery draws its waters from the Lingro Burn. Scapa distillery is decidedly small with a total capacity of one million litres annually, though the distillery runs at roughly one third of this with a staff of just three, working three days weekly. Hiram Walker acquired the distillery in 1954 and installed a Lomond still a few years later to replace the wash still. The Lomond still is a comparatively recent innovation and produces a heavier, oilier spirit.

During the 1970s, Scapa was renovated and modernized. Malt whisky from Scapa has long since been used as a blending component and it is notably used in Ballantines blends. Despite this, single malt whisky from the distillery is highly prized and under its new owners, Chivas Brothers, Scapa is being marketed as a premium product. The distillery was mothballed in 1994 and did not reopen until a decade later, though during its closure staff from nearby Highland Park ran the distillery for a few months. Just before reopening in 2004 there were extensive renovations and as much as £2.1 million was spent. In 2005, production slowed whilst more refurbishments were carried out with Chivas Brothers at the helm.

Scapa 14 Year Old 1993 Cask 3888 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A 14 year old from one of Orkney's brace of distilleries (the other being Highland Park). This was distilled at Scapa in October 1993 and aged for 14 years in refill hogshead number 3888 before…  More info

Scapa 14 Year Old 1993 Cask 3888 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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Scapa 15 Year Old 1993 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

Scapa distilled in October of 1993 and bottled in June of 2009 after 15 years spent in a refill hogshead. This was bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Malt cask range, and is a release of 307 bottles.  More info

Scapa 15 Year Old 1993 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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Scapa 15 Year Old 1993 - Cask Strength Edition (Chivas Brothers)

50cl, 57.1%

A cask strength, straight from the cask bottling of Scapa. This was distilled in 1993 and bottled by Chivas Brothers in 2009.  More info

Scapa 15 Year Old 1993 - Cask Strength Edition (Chivas Brothers)
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Scapa 16 Year Old 1993 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A single cask from Orkney. This was distilled at Scapa in October 1993 and matured for 16 years in a refill hogshead before bottling January 2010 by Douglas Laing. An outturn of 314 bottles.  More info

Scapa 16 Year Old 1993 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Scapa 14 Year Old 1992 (Chivas Brothers)

50cl, 60.6%

A cask strength bottling from the Scapa, distilled in 1992 and aged for 14 years.  More info

Scapa 14 Year Old 1992 (Chivas Brothers)

Scapa Jutland 16 Year Old - HMS Indefatigable

70cl, 40%

The Charity Auction has now ended. This is a very special one-of-a-kind bottle of Scapa Jutland, a 16 year old single cask single malt, which has been named after HMS Indefatigable. The Scapa…  More info

Scapa Jutland 16 Year Old - HMS Indefatigable

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