Scapa Distillery, Kirkwall

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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 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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  • The shop is very small and offers very limited amount of merchandise. Distillery itself is nothing to look at compared to th local competition. Couldn't go on the tour with my son, as they don't allow...  more »
  • I enjoyed my visit , staff friendly & helpful. Excellent tour , situated in a very picturesque stop over looking Scapa Flow. I enjoyed the drams at the end of the tour - soft & sweet with a hint of sp...  more »
  • Small, intimate and not particularly commercial, we experienced the visit. The tour was really excellent, provsmakningen. A nice oh charming contrast against the second distillery in Kirkwall, which is a much bigger industry.
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  • Got to the distillery at the end of the day so were lucky enough to get a tour for just the 2 of us. The girl showing us around was a local (I think the owners daughter) & was very informative. Answered all questions simply for us not in the know. We did the experience tour where we got to sample some of what they produce. being a big whisky fan....this was right up my street. Well worth the £20 each in my opinion. You get a free whisky glass as well as a souvenir. As it was our honeymoon, we also treated ourselves to a bottle of Whisky. it would have been rude not to! Be aware that no photo's are allowed to be taken while on the tour, you know, in case you are a whisky spy or something. Go, you won't be disappointed.
  • The tours run here are informative and fun, I would recommend paying the extra bit of money to do the experience tour, where you get to taste the new make and spend a little more time on a few interesting parts of the whisky making process.
  • Its ok. If you want a professional tour go to Highland Park. However they do fine enough here. The tour guide we had was not local but he did well enough. Nice views out the back. Less frequent tours but recommend book it and you get a free glass.
  • Very lovely people. Very lovely whisky. The combination is magical.
  • A good distillery tour with a tasting session and free glass!

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