Scapa // Islands, Scotland
Released in September 2015, Scapa Skiren is a no-age-statement single malt produced on the picturesque Orkney mainland. It's bottled at 80 proof after exclusive maturation in first-fill American oak, sourced from Tennessee and Kentucky. The distillery's claim to fame is the use of a barrel-shaped Lomond wash still that was invented in the 1950s and one of very few surviving ones, in combination with a pot still, during the distillation of their unpeated single malts.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask TypeFirst-Fill American Oak
"Attractive aroma of cut, bruised apple parts, glazed with honey. After a while it becomes quite farmy, but notes of crisp apple cider and lemon peel remain. The palate gives a flavor of chocolate, before settling into very malty territory, with some bitter oak an cloves. Perfectly fine, accessible malt whiskey."