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Duncan Taylor, the well-known Scottish independent bottler, markets older whiskies under their ‘Lonach’ label. Lonach are usually vattings of different casks, both overproof and underproof (meaning less than 40% ABV), thus creating whisky above 40%, sold as cask strength whisky. The fact that this Caperdonich has a cask strength of 41,5% seems to confirm this practice. In a 2008 interview by the Malt Maniacs, Euan Shand (owner of Duncan Taylor), stated that they no longer have underproof casks in their possession, meaning the newer bottlings are true and veritable cask strength whiskies.
The nose is soft and somewhat waxy. Verrrrrry sweet on mango with honey. A little bit sourish as well, like apple sauce. Some chamomile and a handful of mint. Leave it for a while and you’ll get some… beer. Caper Ale?
The attack is somewhat weak, unfortunately. A bit drying too. Clearly the oak talking. But underneath, the fruitiness does come out, albeit somewhat weak. A pinch of pepper. Not bad, but not earth shattering either.
The finish is medium in length and a bit fruity, but again – alas – the oak takes center stage. Tannin overpowering the fruit.
A bottle of this 37 Year Old Caper would have set you back about 90 EUR in the day, but it’s rather difficult to get a hold of now.