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Scapa Skiren is a 2015 release from the Orkney distillery. Aged in first-fill American oak casks, this is creamy and sweet with notes of tropical fruit and heather.
Skiren is the new single malt expression from the Scapa distillery on the Orkney islands. The islands have a rich Nordic heritage and the name of this new whisky plays on this - Skiren translates as 'glittering bright sky' from the old Nordic language. It has been been exclusively matured in first-fill American oak casks. The Scapa distillery is located close to the village of St. Ola and close to Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney islands. It is the second most northerly distillery in Scotland and misses out on first place to nearby Highland Park, which is just half a mile down the road.
Scapa was founded in 1885 by Macfarlane & Townsend and is currently owned by Chivas Brothers, which is part of the larger Pernod Ricard company. It is a small distillery that produces just over one million litres of whisky a year and the only one in Scotland that has a Lomond wash still, a type of still containing perforated plates to give greater control on the reflux action of spirit. Scapa also has the longest known fermentation time of any Scotch whisky distillery at 160 hours. Much of the production is used within Chivas Brothers' blended whisky ranges, including Ballantine's and Chivas Regal, with just a small percentage released as Scapa single malt.
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