A few years ago Berry Bros & Rudd brought a couple of single casks on the market with a classic ‘Old Bond Street’ label. One of those is this beautiful Caperdonich from 1992 at cask strength. I was able to put my hands on a sample at the whisky festival in Ghent (thanks, Timon).
Oh, beautiful nose! Very creamy on marzipan and sandwich dough, almond paste and gingerbread. Kerststol, the Dutch oval shaped fruited Christmas bread! Yes, this is quite something and simply delicious.
The arrival is very sweet and softly spicy. Much fruitier than on the nose. An explosion of apples, apricots, raisins, pears and gooseberries. Spice-wise I am thinking of cloves and dill. Please do not add any water, as it does not need any at all.
I get some stone fruit in the long finish, but the attention is drawn by a wonderful trace of woodsmoke and feisty spices.
Who would have thought that Caperdonich could be a Christmas dram? Absolutely wonderful Caperdonich.