The Scapa distillery has released its first peated single malt whisky, named Scapa Glansa. This no-age statement whisky was initially matured in first fill American oak casks and finished for some time in casks that were used for peated whisky. The Glansa is bottled at 40% ABV. 

Scapa Glansa is named after the Old Norse for shining storm-laden skies, and is a celebration of the dramatic contrast between the sanctuary of the distillery’s historic location on Scapa Flow and the stormy seas and huge skies that surround it.

The taste profile is described as being inspired by the natural contrasts of its home next to the Scapa Flow, one of Britain’s most historic stretches of water located in the Orkney Islands in the far north of Scotland.

This latest release from the Orkney based distillery, is said to deliver notes of soft peach, pineapple, vanilla and subtle bonfire smoke on the nose, followed by notes of peach, ripe pear, creamy caramel toffee, vanilla and soft smoke on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Brian MacAulay, Scapa Master Distiller, said: “It has been a real pleasure to bring out the dramatic contrasts of Orkney through Scapa Glansa. I’ve worked at the distillery for over 20 years now, and looking over the calm waters of Scapa Flow it is often hard to believe that the Island is renowned for its stormy temperament and harsh seas. As Scapa’s first peated single malt, this long-standing Orcadian whisky, with fruity textures yet smoky finish, makes it the perfect representation of this island of contrasts.”

Scapa Glansa, will be available from specialist retailers later this month. 

Source: Whiskybusiness