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September 30, 2013


Caperdonich 1977 Cadenhead vs. Caperdonich 1977 Cadenhead

1977 is not 1972, said Mr de Lapalice, but that does not mean these babies can't be excellent. They're probably from the same batch of casks, so this should be interesting...


Caperdonich 22 yo 1977/2000 (46%, Cadenhead, Original Collection, 348 bottles) Four stars Sorry, no picture of this one, I've put a portrait of WF's 16yo official mouser instead. Colour: dark amber. Nose: it's a mossy kind of sherry, with mushrooms, old cellar, saltpetre and only then figs, dates and raisins. A little bacon too, pipe tobacco, Mexican chocolate sauce... It's very nice but maybe it's wee notch dirty, in a way. Pine needles and earth. Mouth: it's chocolate sauce indeed! Ganache and pepper, cloves, something slightly metallic this time, maybe a notch cardboardy, touches of absinth, maybe... And then we have more prunes. Big, juicy prunes from Gers! That actually gives this baby an Armagnacy side. A roughish Armagnac. Finish: quite long and slightly eau-de-vie-ish. That's right, white Armagnac (folle blanche). Ha! Comments: much too my liking, maybe just a little rough. And too French. I'm joking. SGP:651 - 85 points.

Caperdonich 35 yo 1977/2013 (50.2%, Cadenhead, small batch, sherry butt, 384 bottles)

Caperdonich 35 yo 1977/2013 (50.2%, Cadenhead, small batch, sherry butt, 384 bottles) Four stars Colour: coffee. Nose: oh yes this is probably a sister cask, it's just that it spent thirteen extra-years in sherry and so became flintier and more on coffee and chocolate. Other than that the very same notes of pipe tobacco and dried fruits are playing first fiddles. The tobacco's actually becoming very strong, while a few mentholated extractive notes emerge. With water: becomes gamy (pheasant, haha), more vinous for sure, with also quite a lot of balsamic vinegar and damp earth. Mouth (neat): it's almost ultra-fortified jam! Cherries, raspberries, oranges, then the menthol starts to become heavier and heavier without becoming invading. Well, you have to like menthol. Hard liquorice (we call that Zan over here). With water: strong liquid honey. Or imagine a cocktail made out of chestnut honey, slivovitz, crème de menthe and chocolate. Not bad! Finish: long but a little drying now. Cinnamon, grape skins, rocket salad, cocoa. Comments: heavy sherry! A bit unlikely at times but it's big bold whisky. Keeping it for 35 extra years in glass/bottle should make it rounder and smoother ;-). SGP:661 - 87 points.

More tasting notes Check the index of all Caperdonich I've tasted so far







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