Scapa 1958 Samaroli 52% / Handwritten Labels
Scapa distillery was the third to be constructed on Orkney, preceded by Highland Park and Stromness, although out-lasting the latter. It was built in 1885, and its early history was blighted with fires and closures. It was bought by Canadian giants, Hiram Walker, in 1954. As with several of their other distilleries, they experimented with the use of Lomond stills, installing Scapa's in 1959. Although it was decommissioned 20 years later, the still itself continues to be used, now without the rectifying plates. It is the only one of this type still producing Scotch whisky. Its single malt has been bottled since the 1970s, first under license by Gordon & MacPhail, with a 10 year old distillery bottling then launched in the 1980s. Scapa has since passed through the hands of Allied Distillers and is now part of the Pernod-Ricard portfolio.
In the words of Emmanuel Dron, owner of the Auld Alliance - "The 1958 Samaroli is probably the best Scapa ever bottled." It's certainly one of the oldest vintages known to exist.
Bottled in 1985, two versions were produced, one at 52% and one at 46%. Both are exceptionally hard to find. This is the first time we have had the pleasure of auctioning a bottle of the 52%.
It is part of the Handwritten Labels series. While Samaroli was famed for his keen eye for aesthetic in designing his own labels, this series simply features his own elegant calligraphy reproduced on them.
Bottle number 92.
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Please note: Due to the various ages of bottles and their seals, condition of liquid is at the buyer's discretion and no claim can be lodged against failure/leakage in transit.