Scapa releases a peated single malt

29 September, 2016

Scapa, the artisanal single malt from Orkney Isles, is releasing its first peated expression.

Scapa Glansa, which follows the launch of Scapa Skiren, which was released at the end of 2015, will be available as a 70cl (40% abv) whisky, priced at £45.

Rick Bennett-Baggs, marketing manager at Pernod Ricard UK, said: “The Scapa range is inspired by the unexpected contrasts of the Orkney Isles, and this exceptional Glansa expression is intended to represent a celebration of the contrast between the distillery’s historic location and the stormy seas and huge skies that surround it.”

All Scapa whiskies are hand-crafted at a fully-manual boutique distillery, manned by a small team of passionate artisans since 1885. This inaugural release presents “an exciting opportunity” for the brand to delve into the peated single malt market, the company said.

Scapa Glansa is finished in casks that have previously held heavily peated malt whisky. Samples are carefully monitored to ensure the influence from these peated casks is the right balance and the original Scapa character of smooth honey single malt comes through in abundance “but with a wonderful extra dimension of delicate bonfire smoke”.

Scapa master distiller, Brian MacAulay, said; “Scapa Glansa raises the bar of single malt Scotch whisky by drawing on its Orcadian heritage, truly reflecting the contrasts of the island. The steadfast team behind it has worked hard to ensure each dram delivers the exciting juxtaposition of a gentle sweet taste on the palate, followed by a markedly smoky finish. We are proud to offer this as a gentle introduction to the world of peated whiskies.”

The launch will be supported with a digital and social media campaign to help connect with its fans across a range of platforms. 




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