Caperdonich 1972 36 Years Duncan Taylor - Rarest of the Rare

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The Speyside Caperdonich distillery closed in 2002, just 1 year after it was bought by Pernod Ricard.  In autumn 2010 the distillery was demolished.

This expression was distilled in November 1972 and bottled in July 2009 by independent bottler Duncan Taylor as part of their 'Rarest of the Rare' series.  

Only 158 bottles were available of this 36 year old single malt from cask #7449 of the now extinct Caperdonich distillery.


Colour: full gold. Nose: very similar, obviously. Maybe a little more nutty/vanilled aromas, possibly from a more active cask, which the lower strength might confirm. Rather more notes of fern, moss and such, and a little less honey and dried fruits. Starting to split hairs, I know… Mouth: indeed, it’s a more piny, sappy, herbal Caperdonich, but that imparts more tertiary notes. There’s also more citrus, bitter oranges, grapefruits… So the whole’s rather fresher, zestier, tenser, cleaner… So it’s rather unusual for a 1972 Caperdonich, but I find this absolutely perfect. Old whisky that kept its freshness is always the best, says yours truly. Ermnlrmnr… Finish: long kind of sharp, whistle-clean, lemony, amazing. Comments: this baby took me by surprise. To be honest, there was also a very faint soapy side, so I couldn’t go much above… SGP:651 - 90 points.


Distillery Caperdonich
Classification Single Malt Whisky
Bottle No./Released 151/158
Vintage 1972
Age 36
Bottler Official Bottling
Bottling Date 2009
ABV/ Volume 47.8%/ 70cl
Rating/SGP 90/651
Cask Number 7449


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