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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 2005 (bottled 2017) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

An indie bottling of Scapa single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2005 and bottled in 2017 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Distillery Labels series. As such, this bottling boasts and handsome…  More info

Scapa 2005 (bottled 2017) - Gordon & MacPhail
$42.14

Scapa 2005 (bottled 2018) - Distillery Labels (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Scapa single malt from Orkney, released as part of the Distillery labels series. It was distilled in 2005 and left to age in first-fill bourbon barrels until 2018,…  More info

Scapa 2005 (bottled 2018) - Distillery Labels (Gordon & MacPhail)
$64.41

Scapa 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 1211) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 57.1%

Single cask whisky from the Orkney distillery of Scapa! Aged for 22 years, this floral and coastal malt bottled by Mackillop's is a real treat.  More info

Scapa 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 1211) - Mackillop's Choice
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Scapa 25 Year Old

70cl, 54%

Part of a limited release of 2,000 bottles of Scapa, distilled in 1980 and aged for 25 years before bottling at cask strength.  More info

Scapa 25 Year Old

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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