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Scapa Distillery, Kirkwall

Categories: Distilleries, Food & Drink
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4.5/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
Scapa distillery is a Scotch whisky distillery situated on The Mainland of Orkney, Scotland on the shore of Scapa Flow near the town of Kirkwall. Scapa is the second most northern whisky distillery in Scotland, being half a mile farther south than the Highland Park Distillery.The distillery has one wash still and one spirit still producing a single malt (unblended) whisky. It is an especially honey flavoured whisky, and less peaty than most Island Whiskies. This is because, though the water at the source is peaty, it gets transported to the distillery through pipelines to avoid more contact with the peat. Furthermore, the malt is not dried over peat smoke.The distillery, founded in 1885 by Macfarlane & Townsend, was during the 1950s acquired by Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd (now part of Pernod Ricard) and rebuilt. In 1994 it was mothballed, and faced definitive closure in 2004. During that period, the most commonly available edition was the Scapa 12 years old, which was and still is a most distinctive island whisky for its subtle heathery honey plus sea taste. Still, it was decided to rebuild/restore the distillery, and the first new spirit in 10 years flowed in November 2004. Because of the time-gap, it was decided to stop the 12 years and introduce the 14 years, which is quite different from its predecessor, even though the basic characteristics are intact.
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  • We just completed the distillery experience tour and I can't speak highly enough of it. Our guide Eillisha (?) was knowledgeable and enganging and happy to answer all oour questions. Its great to see ...  read more »
  • Went for a full tour here for my birthday. Had a fantastic tour, the guide (can't remember her name but her dad is a distiller) was amazing. She is very friendly and full of knowledge which she impart...  read more »
  • We went here and it was a hot sunny day. We looked for shaded parking due to having our dog with us. An assistant crossing the parking area told us to park near a warehouse in the shade. We did this a...  read more »
  • Joined the distillery tour, very good experience, very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide, and very impressed by their facility, which is not quite automatic, which is why I like it.. preserve the original way to make whiskey
  • Great tour around this small outpost of a distillery. They have been making whisky for over a century but single malts only in the past few decades. they do not peat smoke their spirit so it has quite a unique taste.
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