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Scapa 1988 Gordon and MacPhail 35cl

Lot: 5005882

Scapa 1988 Gordon and MacPhail 35cl

Winning Bid: £70

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Lot:
Distillery: 
Scapa
Age: 
N/A
Vintage: 
1988
Region: 
Island
Bottler: 
Gordon & MacPhail
Cask Type: 
N/A
Bottled Strength: 
40%
Bottle Size: 
35cl
Distillery Status: 
Operational
product Details

Scapa 1988 Gordon and MacPhail 35cl

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.

Hiram Walker licensed the Scapa single malt brand to Gordon & MacPhail in order to produce official releases in the 1970s and 1980s, not having the capacity to do so itself at the time. This good standing with the distillery furnished the Elgin-based independent firm with a steady supply of high-quality casks, and subsequently, high-quality releases.

When Gordon & MacPhail were producing official bottlings under license in the 1970s, each distillery was labelled using a specific branding determined by their parent companies, such as DCL, Hiram Walker or Highland Distillers. By the 1980s, single malts were increasing in popularity and Gordon & MacPhail began to create a “house label” for every distillery, each with its own unique style, as is presented here. Although no longer the licensees, Gordon & MacPhail still produce bottles like this for many distilleries today, renamed in 2018 as their Distillery Labels range

This whisky was distilled in 1988 and bottle in 1999.

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