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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Scapa Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Island Region Distillery on Orkney

Scapa Distillery,

St Ola,


KW15 1SE

Tel: +44 (0)1856 872071


No Visitor Facilities

Scapa Scotch Whisky

Distillery Stye Tasting Notes


Nose: Hay, honey, malty.


Palate: Medium bodied. Oily, honey, fruit, barley, toffee and toast.


Finish: Long, grassy and slightly salty with a hint of peat.


Founded in 1885 by Macfarlane and Townsend

Location Island region, Orkney Islands

Water source Lingro Burn


Scapa Scotch Whisky Distilling Equipment

Copper domed Mash tun

1 Lomond pattern wash still 1 Conventional spirit still

Matured in American oak bourbon casks in on site in traditional dunnage warehouses.

Scapa Scotch Whisky Distillery History

Located on the South-West of Kirkwall by the Lingro Burn. The distillery was founded in 1885 by Macfarlane and Townsend with John Townsend at the helm. John Townsend later continued alone and also became a director of the Linkwood Distillery.


In1886, Scapa Distillery was visited by Alfred Barnard who praised the distillery for its advanced design for the time. His report talked of steam-heated stills with anti-collapse valves, devices that are now universally fitted to stills.


In 1919 Townsend was succeeded by the Scapa Distillery Company Ltd, However the company went into voluntary liquidation in 1934.


Production was resumed in 1936 when the distillery was acquired by Bloch Brothers Ltd (John & Sir Maurice), also the owner of Glen Scotia Distillery in Campbeltown and Glengyle. The brothers used Scapa in their blend of Ambassador Scotch whisky.


Bloch Bros. sold Scapa in 1954 to Hiram Walker, which disposed of Glen Scotia to A. Gillies & Co. Ltd, and licensed Scapa to its subsidiary company Taylor & Ferguson Ltd.


1959 saw the rebuilding of Scapa where the wash/still was replaced by a Lomond still, a cylindrical pot still surmounted by a water jacket which could control the degree of reflux, an invention of one of Walker’s employees.


In 1994 the distillery was mothballed then in 2004 was refurbished and went back into production


Scapa Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Scapa 16 Year Old


Scapa Single Malt Scotch Whisky 16 year old 40% 70cl Tasting note..

Aged in Orkney for 16 years this golden malt delivers a sweet and silky smooth heather-honey taste, perfectly balanced with delicate spice


Scapa Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Distillery Bottlings

Scapa 10 Year Old

Scapa 12 Year Old

Scapa 14 Year Old  

Scapa 14 Year Old Cask Strength

Scapa 16 Year Old “the” Orcadian

Scapa 20 Year Old Cask Strength

Scapa 25 year old Vintage 1980 54%


Scapa Single Malt Scotch Whisky 25 year old Vintage 1980 54% Distillery bottling.

One of only 2000 bottles in total.

Tasting Notes...


First smell and taste this 25 year old at 54% cask strength. Ideally use a nosing glass or another glas with a “bulb” in order to collect the complex aromas. Then add a touch of water, just a little to allow it to breathe, and allowing the complexity to surface. This will release new aromas, amongst which you should detect flowers and nuts alongside luscious fruit then quietly sip and contemplate the spirit.


Presented in a special cylinder wood effect case.


Limited edition of 2000 individual numbered bottle


Scapa Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings  

Angus Dundee



Chieftain’s (Ian Macleod),

Duncan Taylor Collection,

Gordon & MacPhail

Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)


Un-Chill Filtered  (Signatory).


Scapa Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1993 40%  Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2007.

Tasting Note...



Nose: Floral with dry grass and leafy aromas. Hints of citrus fruits and a spicy, cedar wood edge

Palate: Dry and peppery. Cedar and pine wood flavours with a delicate fruitiness developing.


With Water

Nose: Sweet notes - caramel and vanilla evident. Some lavender and pot pourri aromas. The cedar element remains.

Palate: Dry with bracken and gorse flavours. Some cracked black pepper notes and a touch of charred oak.

Finish: Dry

Cask Type: Refill Sherry American Casks.

Whisky Style: Subtle & delicate, an ideal aperitif.