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Caperdonich

In 1897, James Grant founded Glen Grant Number 2, named for the Glen Grant distillery which he co-founded with brother John in 1840. At the turn of the 20th century there was a massive spike in whisky demand and what followed was a surge in production based on borrowed money. Inevitably, cracks in the proverbial ice gave way and the resultant backlash, known as the ‘Pattison Crisis’, caused the closure of several distilleries. Amongst their woeful number was Glen Grant Number 2, closing in 1902.

The distillery lies in north Moraytown Village across the street from its name sake. Customs and Excise were adamant the spirit from Glen Grant No. 2 should be carried across the street to its neighbour by a pipe. Known as the ‘whisky pipe’, it was inexorably tapped by locals to plunder the spirit. With the new ownership of Glenlivet Distillers, the distillery went through renovations which began in 1965.

The name, lawfully, had to be changed after a new act was passed which did not allow two distilleries to share a name. So in 1967 it was renamed Caperdonich, meaning ‘secret well’, after the well from which it draws its water. Caperdonich (pronounced ‘CAPpa-DONick’) has produced whisky intended, almost solely, for blending. Beneficiaries have included Chivas Regal and Passport. There have been, however, some independent bottlings from bottlers such as Duncan Taylor and Douglas Laing. The one official expression, a cask strength sixteen year-old, was released in 2005. Pernod Ricard acquired Caperdonich in 2001 but retired it along with Allt-á-Bhainne and Braeval just one year later.

Caperdonich Whisky Distillery

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About Caperdonich Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01542 783000

Distillery Founded

1897

Distillery Capacity

2 200 000 litres

Distillery Owner

Chivas Brothers (Pernod Ricard)

Distillery Status

Mothballed

Distillery Address

Rothes, Aberlour, Banffshire AB38 7BN

1897

The distillery is founded by James Grant and is named Glen Grant Number 2 Distillery after the neighbouring sister distillery Glen Grant.

1902

The Pattison crash shakes the industry and the distillery closes.

1965

It reopens with The Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distilleries as owners. According to law two distilleries cannot bear the same name so it is changed to Caperdonich.

1967

The number of stills are increased from two to four.

1977

Seagrams buys The Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd (the new, shortened name) and forms Chivas and Glenlivet Group. Longmorn, Benriach, Glen Grant and The Glenlivet are also included in the deal.

2001

Pernod Ricard and Diageo take over Seagram Spirits & Wine, the Chivas Group becomes part of Pernod Ricard.

2002

The distillery is mothballed.

2005

A 16 year old from 1988 is launched.

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Bottled un-chill filtered, and with no caramel colouring, this is pure, unadulterated whisky. Distilled at Caperdonich on the 9th July 1994, it was aged in two hogsheads, and was bottled by Signatory...  More info
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