BTC sample 9 – Caperdonich 37, 51.4%

Caperdonich 1972, Image from Whiskybase

Caperdonich 1972, Image from Whiskybase

Finding out I had been sipping a Caperdonich made me scratch my head a little bit. I could have been more wrong, but not by much (I guessed Speyside correctly). This now defunct and demolished distillery has produced some of the best drams I had last year and it’s legendary 1972 bottles have been climbing steadily of the ladder towards unaffordability.

A little dry and thin with chalk and slate. Refill bourbon cask, I’d say. Leafy herbs, banana peel, a tad salty with pear and star apple. Toasted oak, roasted almonds and barley.

Sweet with spicy pepper. I guess it’s low in alcohol and therefore a little bit thin. Very old fashioned, like some bottling from the 1980s. Again a little bit salty. Later on I get some vanilla, banana and juicy peaches.

The finish is very gentle, very smooth and also reminds me of bottlings from years gone by that I have been able to try. Can’t really pinpoint it. Wood, simple syrup and sweetness.

Cardhu 12 from the 1980s. Image from Whiskybase

Cardhu 12 from the 1980s. Image from Whiskybase

I feel like this is a bottling from long ago. There’s something in there that reminds me of that, but I don’t really know what. The only really old bottle I have tasted ‘recently’ that came to mind was a 1980s bottling of Cardhu 12, so my guess went there.

25 years off in the age, the distillery is quite different too. This makes me realize two things:

  • I still suck at this.
  • This isn’t a Caperdonich like any of the other ones I tried.

I really like this whisky, but wouldn’t pay € 200 for it.

Caperdonich 37, 1972-2010, Duncan Taylor Rare Auld, 51.4%. No longer available.

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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1 Response to BTC sample 9 – Caperdonich 37, 51.4%

  1. Bennie says:

    Sjoerd, I opted for a Cardhu also…

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