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Caperdonich 13 Year Old 1999 Connoisseurs Choice Gordon & Macphail


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

5th Feb 2022


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Caperdonich always appeals to the imagination, doesn't it? Founded in 1897 as Glen Grant No 2, it became one of the victims of the Pattinson Crash and closed in 1902 only to reopen under her new name in 1965. In 2002 the distillery was silenced, but in 2010 it was demolished. In our glass is a 13-year-old from 1999 bottled two years after the demolition in the so-called Connoisseurs Choice series by Gordon & Macphail.

Light and fruity nose, as we are used to from Caperdonich. Pineapple, apricots, mandarin and the peel of a green banana. Hint of marzipan in the background. Some vanilla and a touch of anise. Very classic nose. And that's no punishment!

The body is slightly oily. That's nice. Apples, apricots, orange, pineapple. And some banana too. But what strikes me on the palate is how spicy it tastes. Nicely seasoned with white pepper and licorice, but also something of anise and ginger. Vanilla and... yes, there is even a little chili in between. Robust, that's the word I'm looking for.

The finish is medium-long, gently seasoned but especially fruity sweet.

What a pity that this distillery was closed. They made really nice stuff there. Thanks, Benny!

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