Chivas extends Scapa line with peated addition

20th September, 2016 by Annie Hayes

Pernod Ricard-owned Chivas Brothers has expanded its single malt Scapa Scotch whisky range with the launch of Scapa Glansa – the first peated expression from the distillery.


Scapa Glansa is the latest release from Orcadian distillery, Scapa

The expression is inspired by the distillery’s remote location next to the Scapa Flow in Scotland’s Orkney Islands and its name means ‘shining storm-laden skies’ in Old Norse.

Characterised as “the honeyed smoky one”, Scapa Glasa is first matured in 100% first-fill American Oak casks before being rested in peated casks to add “depth and smokiness” to the final expression.

It is said to offer nosing and tasting notes of “soft fruits, creamy caramel toffee and vanilla intermingled with the delicate smoky finish”.

The 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”.

Scapa master distiller, Brian MacAulay, 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 retail at US$60 in travel retail and US$64 domestically per 700ml bottle.

The release of Scapa Glansa coincides with the launch of the #ScapaSpirit Series, a photography series by three renowned instagrammers to reveal the true spirit of the remote Scapa distillery.



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