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Caperdonich 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 48%
Caperdonich is another distillery that many will never have heard of - and for good reason. This Speyside underdog operated between 1898 and 1902, and then again from 1965 until 2002 when it was finally dismantled. Relatively high outturns in the distillery's later years resulted in a steady flow of indie bottlings. These are now drying up. Reports have it there aren’t many barrels left at the indies (or at the brokers), so well-aged releases are now in the domain of collectors.‘Caper’ now has a small but growing following. In terms of style, the whisky has sometimes been referred to as 'Glen Grant #2'. Firstly because it's a neighboring distillery, secondly because Caperdonich was originally designed to produce the same character of spirit as Glen Grant: "Light, floral, but with less of the crisp green apple seen across the road ... more soft pears, creaminess and fresh mint." Scotchwhisky.com explain, "Though this could perhaps be down to the differently shaped stills being installed during the 1967 expansion, it doesn’t fully explain why, when Glen Grant-style stills were re-installed in 1985, the two distillery characters didn’t match. It’s a subtle difference for sure, but a real one." Initially a duty free edition, this 21 Year Old bottled at 48% and non chill filtered looks to be a gem. Matured in x Bourbon barrels, expect a fruity & sweet malt with poached pear, vanilla and floral herbal notes. Very limited stocks. As the label says, 'Once gone, there will never be another.'