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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 20 Year Old 2000 (cask 29498) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.1%

From the now closed Caperdonich distillery, this Speyside single malt Scotch whisky is a rare slice of history. Distilled in July 2000, the year before the distillery was shut down, it matured in a…  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 2000 (cask 29498) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$283.84

Caperdonich 22 Year Old 1997 (cask 19130) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 60.5%

From the Lady of the Glen range comes a rare sight - Caperdonich single malt! The Caperdonich Distillery closed in the early 2000s, so it's not often you get to see its marvellous whisky! This one…  More info

Caperdonich 22 Year Old 1997 (cask 19130) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$405.44

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 2000 - Valinch & Mallet

70cl, 54.1%

A rare bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich Distillery in the Speyside region, distilled in 2000 and matured in a bourbon hogshead for 20 years. Following that, it was…  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 2000 - Valinch & Mallet
$342.08
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Caperdonich 23 Year Old 1997 - The Nectar of the Daily Drams

70cl, 53.6%

A cracking single malt from Caperdonich, which sadly ceased distilling in 2001. Distilled in 1997 this expression spent 23 years maturing until it was eventually bottled up by Belgian indie bottle…  More info

Caperdonich 23 Year Old 1997 - The Nectar of the Daily Drams
$412.10

Caperdonich 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.8%

An exciting bottling of single malt from the closed Caperdonich distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! This is a 23 year old expression, boasting heavy caramel and dark fruit notes…  More info

Caperdonich 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$243.25

Caperdonich 27 Year Old 1992 (cask 4125633) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 56%

A 27 year old single malt from the sadly closed Caperdonich Distillery, independently bottled by Duncan Taylor for the Octave series. This expression has been finished in a small octave cask, which…  More info

Caperdonich 27 Year Old 1992 (cask 4125633) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$709.60

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1997 (La Distillerie Générale)

35cl, 48.6%

A fantastic independently bottled single malt from Caperdonich, brought to us by La Distillerie Générale! This peated expression was distilled in December 1997 and allowed to mature in a single…  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1997 (La Distillerie Générale)
$176.01

Caperdonich 25 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 48%

From the sadly shut Caperdonich Distillery comes this impressive single malt, bottled as part of the Secret Speyside Collection. Though we don't know exactly when this was distilled (before the…  More info

Caperdonich 25 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection
$404.48

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 2000 (cask 29481) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.4%

A rare indie bottling of single malt from the Caperdonich Distillery, which has sadly been closed for a while now. This expression was distilled in August 2000, and aged in a hogshead cask for 20…  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 2000 (cask 29481) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$278.78

Caperdonich 25 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 45.5%

From the Secret Speyside Collection comes a 25 year old peated single malt produced at the now-closed Caperdonich Distillery! This series of whiskies was created to shine a light on some elusive…  More info

Caperdonich 25 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection
$466.31

Caperdonich 30 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 51.1%

30 year old single malt from the Caperdonich Distillery, released as part of the Secret Speyside Collection. Though the doors of Caperdonich were closed long ago, its whisky can still be enjoyed…  More info

Caperdonich 30 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection
$831.25

Caperdonich 21 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 48%

This right here is a rare example of single malt from the long-closed Caperdonich Distillery! It's a peated expression, matured for 21 years in American oak barrels before it was bottled up as part…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection
$243.25

Caperdonich 21 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 48%

The door of the Caperdonich Distillery closed many moons ago, but bottlings of its whisky still make their way into the world from time to time - and that's a marvellous thing! This one is a 21 year…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection
$222.97

Caperdonich 24 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 52.6%

Well-sherried single malt from the sadly closed Caperdonich Distillery, independently bottled for the Darkness range. If you love intensely-sherried drams, then you've come to the right place. This…  More info

Caperdonich 24 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness)
$340.56

Caperdonich 18 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 48%

Peated single malt from the closed Caperdonich Distillery, released as part of the Secret Speyside Collection. This particular expression was matured for 18 years in American oak barrels before being…  More info

Caperdonich 18 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection
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$116.53

Caperdonich 40 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52%

Aged for a whopping 40 years, this Caperdonich is an incredible whisky from Duncan Taylor's Peerless range. Each whisky in the range is aged for at least 40 years in the vaults of the distilleries…  More info

Caperdonich 40 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 39 Year Old - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 42.2%

A 39 year old Caperdonich (a now closed distillery) from Duncan Taylor's Lonach range, made up by blending under strength and over strength whiskies from single distilleries.  More info

Caperdonich 39 Year Old - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 1968 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Matured in refill sherry hogsheads, a 1968 vintage from the Caperdonich distillery. A lovely 39 year old from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range.  More info

Caperdonich 1968 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7420 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.4%

A single cask Caperdonich distilled in November 1972 and aged for 37 years in cask number 7420 before bottling by Duncan Taylor for the Rare Auld range at cask strength in January 2010. A release of…  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7420 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46.8%

A rare 1972 vintage from one of Scotland's lost distilleries. This was matured in a standard cask before a three month finish in a special sherry Octave. This gave the whisky some added richness.…  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 36 Year Old 1972 Cask 7446 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.2%

A single cask Speyside malt, this was distilled in November 1972 and matured in cask number 7446 for 36 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor in September 2009. Part of a release of just 283 bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 36 Year Old 1972 Cask 7446 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 1969 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

A second fill hogshead matured Caperdonich, distilled in 1969 and aged for 40 years before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Caperdonich 1969 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7416 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.6%

Distilled at Caperdonich in November 1972, and aged for 37 years in cask number 7416 before bottling in April 2010 by Duncan Taylor. This is part of a release of 114 numbered bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7416 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 12 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery in Speyside in the Spring of 1997 and matured for 12 years in a single refill hogshead (number 5569) before bottling by Douglas Laing for the…  More info

Caperdonich 12 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7437 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.5%

Distilled in November 1972 and aged for 37 years in cask number 7437. This was bottled in July 2010 at Cask Strength for Duncan Taylor's prestigious Rare Auld range. A release of 161 bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7437 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
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