Scapa Glansa (Batch GL 01)/ 40% / – For most of whisky drinkers Orkney are associated with Highland Park Distillery. Scapa, small and modest, has been producing whisky since 1885, always remaining in the shadow of its famous neighbor. Since 2005 the distillery is owned by Chivas Bros, part of Pernod Ricard, and fully refurbished works at full capacity. The distillery is equipped with a single pair of stills with wash still being one of only two remaining Lomond stills in the industry. Glansa is the second NAS expression from the distillery since the owners re-launched the brand in the summer of 2015 with the release of Skiren. Glansa was aged in white American oak and finished in casks that previously held smoky and peated spirit. Its name translates from the Old Norse to ‘shining storm-laden skies’.
Nose: smooth, mildly smoky and fruity, peaches, pineapples, vanilla, honey, breakfast cereals and hints of hay.
Palate: apples and peaches, candied orange peel, vanilla, honey, caramel and delicate smoky notes on the background.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, honey and subtle smokiness.