The Scapa Noust, set to open on 4 April, is branded as a 'tasting destination' and will offer interactive and immersive whisky experiences for guests alongside clifftop views of the natural Scapa Flow harbour.
Designed by experiential design studio Florian Dussopt, in collaboration with Orcadian architect Mark Fresson, the tasting room incorporates elements of traditions and crafts from the Orkney islands including re-purposed cassie stone and Orcadian basket weave. Its décor also includes nods to the islands' maritime heritage (the word 'noust' was an Orcadian term for a safe haven for boats).
Following a tour of the distillery and warehouse, groups of up to 12 guests can retire to the new space where they will be guided through tastings of Scapa single malt whiskies. To celebrate the opening, Scapa has unveiled a new addition to its Distillery Reserve Collection, The Cask Finished Edition 19 Years Old Pedro Ximénez hogshead finish, which will be available to taste at the Scapa Noust. Only 440 bottles will be released for sale, exclusively available at the Scapa Distillery and on the distillery website.
Jacques-Henri Brive, head of brand experience and advocacy at Chivas Brothers, said: "We are thrilled to open the doors of the new Scapa Noust tasting destination at our Scapa Distillery. The team are so proud to have brought this vision to life, designing a space with a modern and fresh interior, whilst simultaneously honouring the rich traditions of Orkney that make Scapa whisky what it is."
More information about Scapa Noust can be found at maltwhiskydistilleries.com.