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Duncan Taylor The Octave - Caperdonich 1972

Jam of Mirabelle

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

12th Oct 2013


Duncan Taylor The Octave - Caperdonich 1972
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An Octave is a small cask, about an eighth of a butt. Duncan Taylor has bottled two Caperdonich 1972 from sherry casks in this series, that I will put H2H today. I will start with this 38 Year Old of which the cask only yielded 70 bottles, to be followed by a twin cask, also 38 years old, also from 1972, that yielded only 71 bottles and was bottled for Malts & More.

The nose is succulent! Mandarin, mirabelle, oranges, mango, hints of white chocolate. Nicely waxy as if from furniture polish. Hints of oxo, the vegetable broth. A very good start. After a few moments, marzipan kicks in.

Slightly oily and silky soft on the palate. Very spice from the start, though. Cinnamon, nutmeg and even some saffron. Powerful. Midpalate the fruit comes out. Jam of mirabelle and mango. Acacia honey. Very assertive.

The finish is very long on honey and licquorice. Mildly drying at the death.

Delicious Caper with clear wood influences, but all within limits. Very quaffable!

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