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The whisky

List of the bottles

Caperdonich: independent bottlings

Caperdonich

Chieftain's Choice 28 years

Collection
Chieftain's Choice
Age
28 years
Alcohol percentage
46,0 %
Bottler
Ian McLeod
Cask
Hogshead
Dates
Distil: 01-1974 Bottling: 02-2002
Bottle
636 btls
Particularity
(casks 389/391)
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84/100
Personal Comment
This whisky with a relatively discrete smell is amazing as it is rather different from other classical Speyside's. Despite the number of years spent in as cask, the taste is not too complex, but its slightly acid character recalling citrus fruits is very pleasant. I generally consider this acidity as a characteristic of a young alcohol, but in the case of this Caperdonich it adds some very pleasant characteristics . A long finish prolongs the pleasure of drinking this very pleasant whisky.
84/100
The nose is clearly marked by a surprising freshness with some hints of citrus fruit on a malted background. The palate does not confirm the first impression, and the freshness is replaced by a slight woody taste and some bitter and chocolate touches. The complexity in the mouth increases with a drop of water which reveals the clearly spicy character of this whisky. The finish is remarkable for its length and its clear malted and chocolate hints.
84/100The nose is deliciously fruity, rather fresh with discrete hints of hazelnut. Ripe pear and vanilla, a great sweetness without this sickly character which sometimes characterizes very sweet malts. The first mouth expresses a slightly dominating bitterness. An impression of orange zest soon followed by hints of sweet citrus fruit (tangerine) and then cashew nut notes. A very nice and pleasant mouth even if has a lack at complexity. A nice freshness here as well. The finish is rather long and the same smooth mix of orange zest, citrus acidity and nice nutty hints. A very nice bottle.
84/100

Caperdonich

Gordon & MacPhail 1982 Reserve

Collection
Reserve
Age
22 years
Alcohol percentage
55,2 %
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Cask number
single cask 15180
Dates
Distil: 5-11-1982 Bottling: 19-4-2005
Bottle
148 btls
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84/100
Caperdonich Gordon&MacPhail 22 ans
Personal Comment
The nose is rather pungent but quite fruity, ripe apples, developing on bananas after a while. Good smell, but a bit monotonous. The first palate is quite bitter, marked by the alcohol and reveals some sweeter notes after a few seconds, while remaining marked by this woody bitterness. The finish is warm and quite lingering, and just straight. No fantasy.
79/100
A very beautiful nose with nice hints of bee wax, mint, acid drop, sweet spices (cinnamon) and green apples.
In the palate, a real delight. A mix of woody bitterness and acidity. A subtle freshness combined to some touches of chocolate. The wood remains present but is pleasantly counter balanced by this smooth freshness.
Nice finish, lingering and prolonging exactly the mouth. Great class.
This whisky seems to have favourably "opened" since the first tasting...
88/100

Caperdonich

Private Bottling

Age
38 years
Alcohol percentage
42,0 %
Bottler
Duncan Taylor
Dates
Distil: 1968 Bottling: 2006
Bottle
60 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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81/100
Caperdonich 1968, private bottling
Personal Comment
The nose is rather discrete, floral and gently perfumed with citrus hints. The mouth is quite simple, revealing a kind of acidity, and strangely without any woody influence, which could be expected for a whisky of that age. A lack of body. It seems this spirit is not yet able to reveal all its potential. This because it is first exceptionally discrete, and than develops shyly to more pleasant fragrances. A shy whisky? The finish is much like the mouth was. It is long, but misses some depth. Woody hints appear after some minutes which brightens up this rather deceiving whisky somewhat. It certainly deserves another chance.
79/100
A very expressive nose with nice floral notes. Some honey and delicious perfumes, nice balance and pleasant complexity announced by the nose.
The mouth is slightly marked by citrus fruits and presents some metallic sides. Less complex than expected.
Fresh finish from medium length. The acid freshness of the citrus fruit prolongs nicely the mouth impressions.
84/100

Caperdonich

Rare Auld Cask Strength 38 years

Collection
Rare Auld Cask Strength
Age
38 ans
Taux d'alcool
56,3 %
Embouteilleur
Duncan Taylor
Numéro fût
single cask 2616
Dates
Distill: 10-1968 Embout: 11-2006
Bouteille
39 de 174 btls
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88/100
Caperdonich 38 Rare auld
Personal Comment
An amazing nose, a mix of fruits (pears) and fresh hay (or dry grass). Lots of characterm and a nice developing over the time. Gradually new nuances appear. Hints of bee wax followed by a kind of menthol freshness. Some smoke and floral hints complete this more than pleasant nose.
In the palate, a nice complex acidity, hints of gentian and nice presence of alcohol. Amazingly this alcohol structures the whole instead of dominating on an unpleasant manner, as it is too often the case. The acidity is nicely mixed with a kind of perfumed bitterness (which I guess may be compared the best with gentian).
Finish is rather long and warm, still with this amazing mix of bitterness and acidity. An unusual acidity (no citrus impression) and an even more unusual bitterness (no real woody impression)> What a nice bottle. Amazing and very pleasant.
88/100
Very nice fresh fruity nose. Coconut, exotic fruits, mango and a touch of mint.
In the palate, a great freshness too. A micx of cashew nut and citrus fruit. A real firework of fragrances. Nice complexity, nice pleasant fresh fruity notes.
A finish of medium length where some memories of the coconut of the nose remain amongst other ones.
88/100

Caperdonich

Rare Auld Cask Strength 35 years, The Nectar bottling

Collection
Rare Auld Cask Strength
Age
35 years
Alcohol percentage
50,3 %
Bottler
Duncan Taylor
Cask number
single cask 7424
Dates
Distil: 11-1972 Bottling: 05-2008
Bottle
25 of 136 btls
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0/100
Caperdonich 35 Duncan Taylor
Personal Comment

Caperdonich

First Cask 1980-2006

Collection
First Cask
Age
26 years
Alcohol percentage
56,8 %
Bottler
Whisky Import Nederland
Cask
Bourbon Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 7346
Dates
Distil: 31-10-1980 Bottling: 10-11-2006
Bottle
120 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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88/100
Caperdonich First Cask 26
Personal Comment
A very nice clear nose, with very nice malty notes merged with all the freshness of mint and cut grass. A touch of yeast behind the spring fragrances. At first nosing, this whisky seems to have a very strong character.
In the palate an amazing mix of sweetness and bitterness. A real firework of tastes. Papilla's have a great job... Somewhere between walnut and wood on the one hand and between malt and aromatic herbs on the other hand. Very complex, very wide taste palette. Really excellent.
The finish is very pleasant as well. A woody domination well tempered by malty notes. This finish is specially lingering. Really a very good bottle.
88/100

Caperdonich

Cask Strength Collection 1992

Collection
Cask strength Collection
Age
19 years
Alcohol percentage
57,3 %
Bottler
Signatory
Cask
Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 46238
Dates
Distil: 3-4-1992 Bottling: 17-5-2011
Bottle
199 of 272 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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80/100
Caperonich 1992 Signatory CSC
Personal Comment

Color: Gold
The nose is rather discrete and a blend of fruity notes and solvents seem to dominate at first. It then evolves into a pleasant floral notes. The presence of alcohol is undeniable.
In the mouth a first impression of aggressiveness predominates. The mouth is very acidic and relatively uncomplicated. Alcohol is definitely present here too. The fruity notes are crushed by alcohol, which is a shame.
The finish is long and fresh. This impression of acidity remains for a few minutes.
This is a bottle which was entitled to expect more ...
80/100


Caperdonich

18 years

Collection
The soul of Scotland
Age
18 years
Alcohol percentage
49,2 %
Bottler
Anam Na H-Alba
Cask
First fill sherry
Dates
Distil: 9-7-1994 Bottling: 17-08-2012
Bottle
5 of 155 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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0/100
Caperdonich 18 anam na h-alba
Personal Comment

Caperdonich

20 years, The Tony Koehl Series

Collection
The Tony Koehl Series
Age
20 years
Alcohol percentage
52 2 %
Bottler
The Creative Whisky Company
Cask number
single cask 121137
Dates
Distil: 1992 Bottling: 2/10/1992
Bottle
248 of 300 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 86/100
Caperdonich 20 CWC
Personal Comment
Color: Gold
The nose is nice, marked by a mix of bitterness (nuts) and scattered fruit, hints of wax. Everything evolves slowly to form a coherent whole without exuberance.
That's a nose that needs time to open. Patience is rewarded. Still no exuberance, but a growing pleasure.
In the mouth, a feeling somewhat mixed first. Fruit but also the bitterness and alcohol. Once this is mastered alcohol is dealing with a fruity kind of austerity, where the mix of dried fruit and ripe fruit gives a certain pleasure.
The finish is long and warm. It prolongs perfectly the mouth, still with a fruity bitterness.

Without being dramatic, this whisky is nice and it requires a lot of time to fully appreciate.
85/100
Colour: Gold
The first impression on the nose is a kind of wax encaustic lemon. I do not know if it exists, but it is in fact a mixture of citrus and wax which forms the first impression. Then, while keeping the cocoon of wax, the scent evolves towards green fruit.

In the mouth, it is the same dominant impression first. We only guess the elegance of fruits which are present through a veil of wax, which is quite a shame. However, we are dealing with a quite balanced whisky without undue complexity.

The finish is quite long, and is a perfect extension of the mouth.
As in the first tasting, I found this a nice whisky but it remains far from being among my favorites.
82/100

Caperdonich

1996-2013, Bourbon hogshead. Dunes an Òir

Collection
Van Zuylen bottling
Age
17 years
Alcohol percentage
58,6 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask number
single cask 13025
Dates
Distil: 03/1996 Bottling: 05/2013
Bottle
232 of 276 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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0/100
Caperdonich van Zuylen, MOS
Personal Comment

Caperdonich

Gordon & MacPhail 1972 Reserve cask #4063

Collection
Reserve
Age
36 years
Alcohol percentage
57,0 %
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Cask number
single cask 4063
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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88/100
Personal Comment
An extremely expressive nose, where both fruit and vanilla seem to be dominated by a clear presence of nice sherry. A mix of plum and banana, coffee and chocolate and some nice but very present and pleasant woody hints.
The first impression in the palate is quite smooth, and all the aromas characterising the nose remain. Nice presence of sherry and a touch of woody bitterness comes in addition to this sherried plum jam impression.
A very nice finish, where a kind of oily bitterness, between hazelnut and wood, lots of character and a remarkable length
.88/100

Caperdonich

Best casks of Scotland 1997

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
8 years
Alcohol percentage
46,0 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
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79/100
Personal Comment
The nose is very fresh but some smoky hints and discrete salty, even maritim touches are present as well. In the palate, a very nice surprise. Some spices, some fruits, and just enough malt to make this rather modest whisky a very nice aperitve. A nice and lingering finish, with a touch of bitterness, contrasting with the fruity hints remain for a few minutes.
79/100

Caperdonich

1972, Sherry Hogshead, #1144

Age
38 years
Alcohol percentage
57,4 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Sherry Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 1144
Dates
Distil: 10-1972 Bottling: 03-2011
Bottle
98 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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88/100
Caperdonich MOS 1972
Personal Comment

Color: Old gold
At first, the nose is quite aggressive, and slight tingling sensation is present. We must give him some time for aeration.
After a few minutes, complex notes of ripe fruit, dried fruit and some wax scents emerge. A very slight fine woody sensation is also present in the background. This nose is not only complex but also very balanced, once the initial tingling vanished.

The mouth prolongs perfectly the nose. A slight discomfort caused by alcohol who would win probably be better controlled. Beyond this small inconvenience, the mouth is unusually rich, combining notes of ripe fruit to those of a refined woody impressions .

The finish is long, warm and complex. Warm notes of plum jam are added to the ripe fruit and light oak that were characteristic of the nose and mouth.
88/100


Caperdonich

1972, Sherry Hogshead, #1145

Age
38 years
Alcohol percentage
52,4 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Sherry Hogshead
Dates
Distil: 10-1972 Bottling: 03-2011
Bottle
76 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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87/100
Personal Comment

Colour: Old gold
If the nose is slightly less complex than its twin (cask 1144), this whisky does not present any aggression at the the nose and very nice fruit notes and very slight bitter accents give it a nice balance. A very light and very pleasant feeling and remote woody scents and accents of sherry (plum jam) give it a particular charm.
The first palate is fruity sweetness evolving rather quickly to acid notes rather unfortunate because they do not have the freshness that might be expected. Fortunately they fade, even if we would have preferred them to do it a little faster.
The finish is pleasantly warm. Some memories of unpleasant acidity mouth, but overall it is the memories of nice notes of sherry that predominate here.
87/100


Caperdonich: not in collection

Caperdonich

1972-2008

Age
35 years
Alcohol percentage
48,3 %
Bottler
The Whisky Fair
Cask
Refill sherry hogshead
Dates
Distil: 1972 Bottling: 2008
Bottle
188 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 92/100
Personal Comment

Caperdonich

35 years Old. From Huntly to Paris

Age
35 years
Alcohol percentage
53,4 %
Bottler
Duncan Taylor
Cask number
single cask 6707
Dates
Distil: 1972 Bottling: 2007
Particularity
(For La Maison du Whisky)
links & average quote
90/100
Personal Comment

Caperdonich

Cask Collection 26 years 1980-2007

Collection
Cask Collection
Age
26 years
Alcohol percentage
56,2 %
Bottler
Dewar Rattray
Cask number
single cask 7349
Dates
Distil: 1980 Bottling: 2007
links & average quote
85/100
Personal Comment

Caperdonich

1972-2011

Collection
The Perfect Dram
Age
38 years
Alcohol percentage
58,4 %
Bottler
The Whisky Agency
Cask
Refill sherry hogshead
Dates
Distil: 1972 Bottling: 2011
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 93/100
Personal Comment

Caperdonich

Rare Auld Cask Strength 36 years

Collection
Rare Auld Cask Strength
Age
36 years
Alcohol percentage
51,2 %
Bottler
Duncan Taylor
Cask number
single cask 7446
Dates
Distil: 11/1972 Bottling: 09/2009
Bottle
283 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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86/100
Caperdonich 36 DT
Personal Comment

Caperdonich

1972-2008 Cask #1976

Collection
Cask strength Collection
Age
36 years
Alcohol percentage
49,9 %
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 90/100
Personal Comment

Caperdonich

1972-2011

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
55,6 %
Bottler
Maltbarn
Cask
ex-sherry butt
Dates
Distil: 1972 Bottling: 2011
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 91/100
Personal Comment

Caperdonich

1968-2007

Collection
Connoisseurs Choice
Age
39 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Cask
refill sherry
Dates
Distil: 03-1968 Bottling: 09-2007
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Forum 88/100
Personal Comment

Caperdonich

20 years, 1992

Age
20 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Berry Bros and Rudd
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78/100
Caperdonich Berry Bros 1992
Personal Comment

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