Scapa Skiren Orkney Single Malt Whisky was first released in 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. This allows the uniquely sweet and tropical flavours of Scapa to come through.
Scapa Skiren Orkney Single Malt Whisky is crafted by a small team of dedicated artisans and a Master Distiller, using traditional methods perfected over generations. It is one of the last remaining manually operated distilleries, manned 24 hours a day, with staff working in shifts to keep the spirit flowing. All of the whisky is distilled by only a single pair of stills, including the barrel-shaped Lomond wash-still, the sole survivor of its style used for making whisky. Installed in 1959, it has a wider, taller neck which is ideal for distillation and results in a richer, fruitier new make spirit.
Nose: Delicate scented floral flavours with a hint of fresh pear. Sweet and fruity pineapple notes with a citrus tang.
Taste: Smooth and sweet, ripe honeydew melon slices, bursts of fruity pear and lemon sherbet.
Finish: Long, refreshing, shimmering sweetness.