Scapa, founded 1885, has often been described as “the Orkney other distillery”. It is located near Kirkwall, the capitol of Orkney, and indeed, it has been living in a shadow of its great neighbor, Highland Park Distillery.
It is said however that the locals choose Scapa malt over much more popular Highland Park but one of the reasons might be fact that for years Orkney was the only place Scapa was available. Scapa 1980 Vintage is one of a handful official cask strength offerings. The whisky spent a quarter of a century in refill ex-bourbon hogsheads and was bottled at 54% abv in 2005. Only 2000 bottles were produced. In 1980 Scapa was owned by Allied Distillers and supplied malt mainly for the Ballantine’s brand.
Nose: nicely balanced, apples, mixed nuts and almonds, cinnamon, pepper, vanilla, honey, marzipan, lemon grass and whiffs of sea breeze.
Palate: fruity with salty tang, apples, bananas, candied lemon peel, honey, marzipan, eucalyptus drops, salted nuts, pepper and touch of oak.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of vanilla, honey, breakfast cereals, apples, hay and delicate oakiness.