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Location : Highland, Island Orkney, Kirkwall. - Sited on the Lingro Burn two miles south west of Kirkwall on the A964 at the head of Scapa Bay.
Country : Scotland
Type :  Single Malt - Highland - Island Orkney
Distillery :  Scapa Distillery
Scapa Flow,
Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SE, Scotland
Phone: 0(1)856 872 071
Fax: 0(1)856 876 585
Manager: Ronnie MacDonald
Tours by arrangment.
Owner :  Allied Distillers.
Founded : 1885 / Established : 1824
Water : Lingro Burn and local springs
Remark : Words from Michael Jackson :
Scapa flow, a stretch of water linking the North Sea to the Atlantic, is famous for its roles in both World Wars, The distillery, near Kirkwall, fails to be the northern most in Scotland by only half a mile. It was founded in 1885, and was powered by a waterwheel that has now been restored. Two of the original warehouses survive, accommodating empty casks, but most of the present fabric dates from 1959.
The water supply is very peaty, but the distillery uses wholly unpeated malt. It has a Lomond wash-still, which may contribute to a slight oiliness of the whisky. Maturation is in Bourbon casks, and that may account for the vanilla notes, sometimes suggesting very spicy chocolate - or licorice of the salty style made in the Netherlands.

House style Salt, hay. Oily, spicy chocolate. Aperitif.

Other remarks:
The distillery was mothballed in 1994. They use Ex-bourbon barrels. The distillery has 1 wash still and 1 spirit still.

From Collins Pocket Reference 'Whisky':
Scapa is one of two distilleries in Kirkwall (Highland Park being the other), yet despite their proximity, their whiskies taste quite different. Scapa was built in 1885 by Macfarlane and Townsend - the later already a well known distiller on Speyside - and was bought by Hiram Walker in 1954. It is now owned by Allied Distillers who send most of its produce for blending, but also market the single largly througt duty-free outlets. The distillery overlooks the giant natural bay of Scapa Flow, a major Royal Navy anchorage in both world wars. The German fleet was scuttled there during the First World War, and the distillery itself was saved form destruction by fire by ships in the bay around that time.
Comment : Scapa is available mainly from independent bottlers and is a medium bodied malt with a dryish, heathery flavour which is complemented by a satisfyingly malty sweetness.
Visitors : The distillery has no reception centre, but visitors are welcome by appointment. Phone : 01856-872071 to arrange.

From the Whisky pilot by Uniqum Systems :
Built by Macfarlane & Townsend in 1885. The distillery has been owned by Hiram Walker (now part of Allied Domecq) since 1954. It operates two stills. The wash still was replaced by a "Lomond" still in 1959, this producing a heavier spirit than the more traditional long-necked stills. Operated by Allied Distillers Ltd.
Scapa Flow was where the German Fleet was scuttled at the end of World War I. When whisky chronicler Alfred Barnard visited the distillery in 1886, it had been open for just a year. He wrote about it as being "one of the most complete little Distilleries in the Kingdom" The stills were described as being of "the newest type and heated by steam instead of fire, and are both fitted with "collapse" valves, which allow air to enter in the event of a vacuum being formed. For a malt with such a pronounced astringent nose in its youth, the palate is unusually surprisingly sweet. Scapa is one of the main malts associated with Ballantine's blended Scotch Whisky.
Situated on the Lingro Burn two miles south west of Kirkwall on the A964 at the head of Scapa Bay. Water is provided through the Lingro Burn and nearby springs.

Source www.bbr.com :

Scapa Distillery, Orkney

Scapa occupies a unique and spectacular location, on what is called the Orkney Mainland, part of the Orkney Isles, an archipelago of 70 islands.

Although remote, lying to the North of mainland Scotland, the Orkney Isles have a particularly rich and intriguing history, dating back to at least 5,000 BC. The Vikings arrived in Shetland and the Orkneys in the 8th and 9th centuries and ruled for the next 600 years. In 1468 the islands were effectively sold to James II of Scotland by the king of Denmark. Today the Orkney Isles encompass a wealth of historic sites from bronze age burial mound and villages to standing stones and ancient churches and a wealth of natural history.

The origins of Scapa distillery date back to 1885; built by Macfarnale and Townsend, who seemed to have chosen the remote Orkney Islands for their distillery location, as opposed to somewhere in the –then prevalent- Speyside, in their pursuit to produce a unique type of malt whisky. Scapa was eventually sold to Hiram Walker in 1954, but it was mothballed from 1994 until 2004. In 2005, the new owners, Pernod-Ricard, made the decision to re-furbish and restore the distillery to ensure its long-term survival. The refurbishment was focused on quality, and the distillery only produces for single malts and in small quantities.

Whilst Scapa remains an island malt, geographically at least, its taste reminds nothing of the typical pungent phenolic/peaty character of other neighbouring island distilleries (e.g. Highland Park or Skye’s Talisker).

Scapa is decisively on the gentler side of the Orkney Isles and it is unique for an island whisky as its malted barley is entirely unpeated. This typically allows for a soft, malty, licorice-flavoured palate to come through, gently smoky with butterscotch on the tail.


. Scala logo (From the 12 year old label)The Scapa Distillery



8 Years old
  Label from Scapa 8 Years old.
Age :  8 Years old
Vol :  40%
Remark :  Single Orkney Malt. - Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail

Scapa 8 years old Single Island Island 8 57 Gordon & MacPhail bottling.


10 Years old
Sorry no picture !  
Age :  10 Years old
Vol :  ?%
Price 100 cls. Dkr. 199,- tax free in Copenhagen Airport.

Scapa 14 years old Single Island Island 14 1979 43 Master of Malt bottling from cask no.3851/2 distilled 9 May 1979.

Scapa 16 years old. 40% abv.


Vintage 1979
  Scapa vintage 1979 - Signatory
Age :  Vintage - 1979
Vol :  40%

Scapa 1979 Single Island Island 1979 1994 56,3 Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling: Cask no. 17.13: bottled May, 1994.


Vintage 1983
Gordon and MacPhail
  Scapa vintage 1983 - Gordon and MacPhail
Age :  Vintage - 1983 - Gordon and MacPhail
Vol :  40%

Scapa 1983 Single Island Island 1983 40 Gordon & MacPhail bottling.


Vintage 1984
Gordon and MacPhail.
  Scapa vintage 1985
Bottled by Gordon & Macphail, Elgin, Scotland
Age :  Vintage - 1984
Vol :  40%

Scapa 1984 Single Island Island 1984 40

Scapa Island Orkney - Malt. Island (Near Kirkwall)
Scapa 24 years old Single Island Island 1965 1990 43 Wm Cadenhead bottling, September 1990.


Scapa Vintage 1986
Gordon and MacPhail
  Scapa vintage 1983 - Gordon and MacPhail
Age :  Vintage - 1986 - Gordon and MacPhail
Vol :  40%
Price Scapa (G& M) Vin. 1986 35 cl. 40% 198 Dkr in Skjold Burne (Tidligere Amager Vincenter)
Scapa Vin. 198670 cl. 40% 395 Dkr in Skjold Burne (Tidligere Amager Vincenter)


LINKS.......... to official Scapa or related web pages.
Allied Domecq http://www.allieddomecq.com/en/OurBrands/Spirits/SingleMalts/

Hiram Walker Single malts Scapa Laphroaig Glendronnach


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