Scapa comes of age – again.

For the second time in under five years Scapa Distillery willbe changing the age of their standard malt. In 2004 (when the distillery was refurbished) the age went from 12 to 14 years old. Now a 16 year old is making it’s way onto the market, replacing the 14 year old.

The age changes have all been accompanied by a design change as well:

scapa12wv1scapa14wv2scapa16wv2

The new edition is being made available as I write this, and some stores already have it in stock. It’s still unpeated, ex-bourbon matured and bottled at 40%. In additon a price hike is added to the change this time, a £20 price hike none the less (Arkwrights Whisky and Wines has the 14yo at £31.20 and the 16yo at £52.99). Scapa’s getting pushed into the premium segemnt now, maybe not the bt thing to do – but if stocks are running low it might be better to be on the market than disappear completely.

Hopefully a more reasonably priced expression will come in a few years time, maybe a 8 year old again?

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2 Responses to “Scapa comes of age – again.”

  1. Lisa Says:

    ooh, picked up the 14 year old at Terminal 5 for £18. And it’s a lovely thing. Just the thing for the New Year, in fact.

  2. whiskyviking Says:

    £18 is a steal. Grab ‘em while you can. The new 16yo should start replacing the 14yo in january/february on most markets.

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