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1995 Caperdonich 24 Year Old "Chieftain's" K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Unchillfiltered Speyside Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Previously $400)

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Bottlings from the enigmatic Caperdonich Distillery are extremely rare. It was built in 1897 and named "Glen Grant #2," Caperdonich by J. & J. Grant in the town of Rothes. Only five short years later, the Pattison whisky crisis shuttered the gleaming new distillery. It lay dormant for 60 more years before Glenlivet rebuilt it and resumed production. The name Caperdonich, meaning "secret well," was adopted due to new regulations prohibiting multiple distilleries from sharing the same name. It was purchased again in 1977 by Seagrams, who sold it to Pernod Ricard in 2001. Pernod ultimately closed the relatively small output distillery the following year along with Braeval, BenRiach and Allt-A-Bhainne. Those three siblings would find second lives in the subsequent whisky boom, but Caperdonich was not so lucky. Eventually demolished completely in 2010, Caperdonich has not really achieved cult status in the whisky collector's pantheon because of a complete lack of availability. It's so rare that few modern collectors have even had the chance to taste it. In its short life it never had an official bottling, but certain casks have become legendary. When we tasted this, we knew we had to have it. On the label, the cask type is listed simply "Hogshead," but the dark color and heady sherry notes can't be missed. Caperdonich and sherry are an absolute match made in heaven, and this is a very active 2nd fill hoggie here. You won't regret becoming part of Caperdonich's hidden legacy.

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By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2019 | Send Email
Caperdonich has had an odd, jerky history. Opened in 1898 by William Grant it closed almost immediately and remained that way until reopening in 1967. Sadly, it ceased operation yet again in 2002 and was subsequently demolished. It's a shame because these can be really tasty whiskies. This 24 year old bottling we currently have from Chieftain's is dark, weighty, and bold. There seems to be a lot of Sherry influence here with scents of praline nuttiness and dried fruits of plum, fig, and cherry. There's also a nice element of wood polish that imparts the feeling you're enjoying this dram in an old British drawing room. The varnish notes are more pronounced on the palate with oak spice. The dark fruits come back through in the midpalate with the addition of a citrus twist, continuing on to the medium-length finish. I'm not sure how much stock the current owners are sitting on for future releases, but after nearly twenty year being gone you might want to get your hands on this before Caperdonich becomes a unicorn bottle.

By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2019 | Send Email
Admittedly, I’m amongst those who had never had a chance to try this ghosted distillery (unless it was in an unnamed blend) and boy do I feel like I’ve been missing out. So many layers on the nose and the longer it was in the glass, the more it changed. Initially I got baby diapers (fresh and clean, no poopiness) followed by raisins, mission fig skin, preserved plum, fennel frond, Nerds candy, and stewed strawberries. It seems to encompass a bright fruitiness with a musty sweetness that just goes so damn well together. The palate was soft and elegant and just a bit chewy, bringing out notes of crisp green apple, quince, wild strawberries enrobed in semisweet chocolate, brandied cherries, and a subtle oak influence. The finish was just long and lovely with toasted sugar mixed with dried strawberries. With this being some of the last of its kind, any sherried scotch lover needs to have this in their collection.

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2019 | Send Email
Ghost distilleries are becoming a bit of a cult fascination in the last few years, so much so that even Johnnie Walker is cashing in on the idea with their Ghost & Rare line. With several famous distilleries being forced to close their doors in the late 70's and early 80's and we are seeing some of the last juice ever produced by these wonderful houses. Now the price is something to balk at until you consider the age and rarity of this whiskey, you won't be able to find it again. the nose is fruity with hints of orange peel, peach, cherries, and hazelnut chocolate. The palate bursts with chocolate, spice, candied orange peel and a int of coffee at the end. For collectors this is priceless, and as we approach the holiday season those looking for a gift that will be unforgettable for the whiskey drinker in your life, this is a sure winner!

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2019 | Send Email
Welcome to the club. One of the greatest secrets of Scotland is briefly available here at K&L. The refill hoggie yielded just 155 bottles and this rarity is worth every penny. It's intensely sherried, laden with dried figs, candied orange peels, sultanas, and the complex aromas of an unlit Cuban cigar. This is a malt you can pick apart all night long. At 55% ABV if needs no water, although it doesn't harm anything to add a small drop. While long lost distilleries often pique my curiosity and are always fun to taste and talk about, they rarely deliver on this level. Active sherry and unctuous oily malt - a stunning combo to be sure - have never been quite this good.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2019 | Send Email
I was not expecting to see what I saw when we received this sample. When I saw old expensive Caperdonich on the list, I figured it had been just like the other handful of Caperdonichs we'd seen over the years. That is to say, subtle and overpriced. The ones that tended to pop up were in 3rd and 4th fill and while they were often delicious, they were too ethereal to merit that high prices. But when I saw the color on this monster I knew we'd stumbled on something else completely. This bad boy is absolutely packed full of dark roasty flavors. Big bold spice, smoldering embers, high quality pipe tobacco, caramelized apple and burnt citrus peel. This was a very active cask indeed. Big oily rich and long in the mouth, with lots of peppery and sweet raisin-y stone fruit. Finish has a savory quality that's hard to pin point - maybe some wasabi or habanero in the tiniest most perfect addition to the massively complex package. Of course many will balk at the price, but once this is a rarity that actually deserves the inflated price point. You'll be one of only 150 people in the world to experience what will undoubtedly be one of the last sherried Caperdonichs we'll ever see.

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