Caperdonich 38 (Duncan Taylor Rare Auld 1972/2010 Cask #7427) Review

This is a 38 year Caperdonich that was matured in what I presume is an ex-sherry cask and bottled at 47.5% ABV.

Nose: Very floral malt with peaches, lavender, mango, guava, bananas foster, almond extract, and buttercream frosting. A real fruit bomb with a lovely floral complement from the malt.

Palate: Butterscotch with plums, black cherries, peach, apples, vanilla, flowery malt with heather, and buttercream frosting again.

Finish: As the fruit fades, becomes even more floral with minimal oak and buttercream lingering on and on.

Rating: 93/100 – What a stellar old Caperdonich – if you like floral/fruity malts, this one will be right up your alley.

Value for the money: I believe this originally retailed around $430 which I would gladly pay. Not sure what it would go for at auction, but I’d probably pay 100-200 over retail for it there.

Caperdonich 20 (First Editions 1992/2013) Review

This is a 20 year expression from Caperdonich that was aged in a bourbon cask and bottled at 55.8% ABV.

Nose: Very floral with heavy spices – heather, dry oak, and lavender.

Palate: Nice heat combined with cinnamon and pepper while remaining quite floral overall with oak and blackberry jam.

Finish: Slightly bitter, oak is dominant with some pepper and earthy notes.

Rating: 87/100

Value for the money: These go for around $130+ which is a fair price for a 20 year expression from a closed distillery.

Caperdonich 39 (Whisky-fassle 1972) Review

This is a 39 year expression from Caperdonich that was distilled in 1972, aged in a refill sherry cask, and bottled in 2011 at 45% ABV.

Nose: Mouth-wateringly sweet with sun dried hay and a boquet of fragrant flowers. Very strong yeast/dough components.

Palate: Sugar malt up front emboldened by old oak. Heavy does of tannins from the oak along with some subtle charcoal.

Finish: Smoke trails off with sugars dropping off to make way for grassy malt and bitter oak.

Rating: 91/100 – Fantastic nose, and a fascinating old Caperdonich.

Value for the money: These seem to go for $350+ which isn’t too bad considering the age. I’d be on the fence about spending that much, but I think it’s pretty fair.