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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 (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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  • I recently stopped by Scapa with a group of 10 whisky enthusiasts. Although they offer a limited number of tours, they more than made up for that in enthusiasm. This tour included most aspects of prod...  more »
  • Didn't do the Tour but the distillery itself looks very well kept and modern. Shop has a small selection of Whisky to buy with some gifts such as glasses Etc. Shame the shop isn't bigger and stocks mo...  more »
  • What a great stop! Just moments outside of Kirkwall, we stopped in and were immediately greated with a warm welcome. The tour we took was well executed and laid out. We were also able to try some Scap...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Got a decent guide by a junior guide. Had a nice time, but nothing that stood out compared to other distilleries I've been to. We were not allowed to take pictures inside anywhere.
  • Very interesting, knowledge able guide Very generous tasting and a walk back home along the beach Could not be better
  • Amazing distillery experience!
  • Brilliant whiskies. Best whisky in Orkney.

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