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December 23, 2008

Scapa 16-Year-Old Hits The Shelves

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

PURCHASE, NY—Scapa, the single malt from Scotland’s Orkney Islands, is being reborn as a luxurious 16-Year-Old, thanks to the availability of precious older whisky. The island whisky also has an elegant new look that is a contemporary reflection of its Orcadian (meaning from the Orkney Islands) heritage.

“Scapa has long held a special place in the whisky drinker’s heart, and this new expression represents another opportunity to experience the unique whisky which is Scapa,” says Neil Macdonald, International Brand Director for Scapa. “Since Chivas Brothers acquired Scapa in 2005, we have taken great care to improve the stock profile, which means we are now in a position to release this very rare, precious new expression that perfectly showcases Scapa’s unique personality.”

Scapa 16-Year-Old showcases a distinctively sweet and velvety flavor. The Orcadian whisky was produced using water from the heather-scented Lingro Burn (spring) and distilled in two pot stills with a slow fermentation for up to one hundred hours. The resulting whisky is unique among all single malts, boasting both a sweetness that is reminiscent of the classic Speyside style, yet, due to the distillery’s proximity to the sea, also a brininess that is most commonly found in Islay malts.

Scapa 16-Year-Old will replace the current Scapa 14-Year-Old. The new expression will be available in the U.S. beginning in February 2009 with a suggested retail price of $75.

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