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Scapa Distillery
St Ola, Kirkwall
Orkney KW15 1SE
+44 01856 872 071

Owner: Pernod-Ricard

Creation year: 1885

The Scapa distillery has been founded by John Townsend and MacFarlane, distillers from Glasgow, and is settled on the banks of the famous "Scapa Flow". Townsend was also famous in the Speyside area.
During World War I, the distillery barely avoided a fire thanks to the intervention of sailors of the Royal Navy. The distillery was used as an ammunition for the british army.
The distillery was sold to the Bloch brothers, owners of Glen Scotia in Campbeltown in 1936.
In 1954 Hiram Walker bought the distillery and he added amongst other things a Lomond still.
Owned by Allied Distillers, the Scapa distillery is mothballed since 1994.
A major part of the production is used in the Teacher's and Ballantine's blends.
The Scapa distillery is under control of Pernod-Ricard since the French Company purchased the activities of Allied Domecq in 2005. 



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