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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 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

An independent bottling of Scapa single malt, aged for 14 years in a refill hogshead before being bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range - back when they owned the brand! Just 370…  More info

Scapa 14 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 14 Year Old

70cl, 40%

Introduced by then new owners Chivas Brothers to replace the old 12 year old, this 14 year old single malt saw a relatively short-lived time on shelves, as it was subsequently discontinued in 2008…  More info

Scapa 14 Year Old

Scapa 12 Year Old 2006 (cask 674) - Distillery Reserve Collection

50cl, 61.1%

This single malt was distilled by Scapa on 22nd March 2006, bottled from a single first fill sherry butt on the 30th July 2018 at a hefty 61.1% ABV. An outturn of only 828 bottles were…  More info

Scapa 12 Year Old 2006 (cask 674) - Distillery Reserve Collection

Scapa 12 Year Old 1L

100cl, 40%

An old bottling of 12 year old Scapa single malt. Perfect for the Scapaficionados out there. Scapaficionados is a word I just made up. Don't go putting that on any censuses. This bottle was part…  More info

Scapa 12 Year Old 1L
$162.40

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