1995 Caperdonich 24 Year Old "Chieftain's" K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Single 2nd Fill Sherry Hogshead Speyside Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival)

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The enigmatic Caperdonich Distillery is extremely rare. Built in 1897 and named "Glen Grant #2," Caperdonich by J. & J. Grant in the town of Rothes. Only 5 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 regulation 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: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2019 | 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 of course this is a rarity that actually deserves the inflated price point. You'll be one of only 150 people in the world to experience this special cask and undoubtedly one of the last Caperdonichs we'll ever see.

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Alcohol Content (%): 55