Scapa Skiren Orkney Single Malt Whisky is a new release for 2015 and is an Orkney Single Malt matured exclusively in first-fill American oak casks. Scapa Whisky, also known as The Orcadian”, is produced on the “Mainland” of the Orkney Islands on the shores overlooking Scapa Flow near the town of Kirkwall. Scapa is one of the most northerly distilleries in Scotland, second only to its near neighbour, Highland park, half a mile to the north. It is also one of Scotland’s smallest distillers and can trace its origins back to 1885 when a pair of distillers from Speyside, Macfarlane and Townsend, set up the distillery. Scapa distillery was mothballed in 1994 and was eventually re-opened, with fresh and new spirit flowing, in 2004. Scapa is less peaty than other island whiskies because the water, although peaty at source, is transported from Lingro Burn via pipeline to avoid more contact with peat. Furthermore, they do not use the local peat to dry the barley.