Scapa is the lesser known of the two distilleries remaining on Orkney. The distillery was built in 1885, came under the ownership of Hiram Walker in 1954 and has since become part of Allied Distillers. In 1959 two new stills were added to the distillery with the wash stills being of the Lomond style. During World War II the distillery was almost destroyed by fire, but it was saved with the help of the Navy who were posted nearby, and two of the warehouses today are original buildings. It was mothballed in 1994, and from 1997 operated on a part-time basis using the staff from Highland Park. In March 2004 it was announced that Allied were investing in this dramatic cliff-top distillery, to be operational on a full time basis in 2005. Great news!
Dark gold in color, Scapa 16 has a wonderfully inviting nose with bright green apple, honey, salt, apricot, cereal grains and light smoke. The entry is extraordinarily full in flavor with malt, cereal grains, honey and light citrus all there from the start. The flavors intensify in the mid-palate where they are joined by dried apricot ,salt and light peat smoke. The finish is nice long and very slightly dry with a brilliant mix of salt, light smoke and honey with just a touch of citrus.