Caperdonich 1972 – The Perfect Dram

Well this is it. At least, currently, this should be it. According to ‘the internet’ Caperdonich is hot, especially when its from 1972. This one should be especially terrific according to Johan, Ruben and Serge. Am I worthy?

What the hell? I don’t even know where to start! Its quite sharpe, 58.4% after 38 years is quite remarkable. Its not as sweet and fruity as you’d expect from the colour, but there are heaps of spices. Soft pepper, but also cinnamon and clove. The amounts of tropical fruits that are passing by are indescribable. Then the waxy, leather and furniture polish hits.

Again, quite sharp but also very warming, with wood and spiced fruit. Chili pepper sprinkled over a fruit bowl. Lots of peaches but also a bit oily or greasy. After that my mouth turned numb by the flavour battering it had received.

Somewhere between long and eternal. Full flavoured with tree bark and banana, a slightly bitter hint of maybe tea.

This must be one of the top drams I have tasted ever. Not only this year, but ever. There is way too much going on to get it all into one review.

I think I shouldn’t have tasted this one. This is a dram to strive for throughout your journey through the world of whisky, not taste it after 6 years and have decades ahead…

Caperdonich 1972 – 2011, The Perfect Dram (The Whisky Agency), 58.4%, € 325? I saw it at whisky auction.

Nose: 10
Taste: 9
Finish: 10
Overal experience: 10
Price/quality: +1 (this one’s worth a kidney)

Total: 40 points

5 stars


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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3 Responses to Caperdonich 1972 – The Perfect Dram

  1. I have been lucky enough to taste a number of 72 Caper’s over the last few years and they are amazingly consistant in their very high quality. This one however is probably the best of the bunch, like you say, very beautifull whisky.

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