Review: Caperdonich 18 Year Old 1995 cask 95076

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Caperdonich Distillery

Bottling: Berry Bros & Rudd Cask 95076

ABV: 46%

Cost: £87.61 from Master of Malt [sold out]

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What they say:

A Berry Brothers & Rudd bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery. It was distilled in 1995, around 7 years before the distillery closed its doors for the last time. It matured in a single cask (#95076) for 18 years, until 2014, when it was bottled without chill-filtration of additional colourings.

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What I say:

Another dram (#4) from the Omakase Sayonara WOLS Tasting presented by Richard Kuo. Hailing from the closed (in 2002) and now demolished (in 2010) Caperdonich Distillery in Speyside. It is safe to say that fine examples of Caperdonich will become increasingly rare in the near future, but plenty of stock bottled now are really sparkling from this closed distillery.

Colour:

Bright champagne gold (3/20) loose droplet tears with medium legs

Nose:

Fruity orchard fruits; apple & pear, vanilla, icing sugar, pear tart with hints of spiced nutmeg, cereal barley, dried grass, sweet honey, freshly pressed apple & pear juices, slightly citrus and fresh with white grape and elderflower, like schloer

Taste:

Smoother and creamier on the palate with much more subtlety of flavours, still plenty of fresh orchard fruits; apple, grape (this dram would pair very well with cheese), lots of cereal barley grains and honey, almost flapjack-like, coconut and vanilla, peach and nectarine and almost a little like sweet white wine.

Finish:

Medium, sweet, fruity and refreshing

Overall:

A lovely sparkling and juicy dram, an effervescent citrus and white grape nature which really works well with a nice backdrop of cereal, honey and vanilla. Simply delicious! Another wonderful Caperdonich from Berry Bros & Rudd.

Score: 87/100

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