Caperdonich 18-year-old - Peated

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Stated Age
18 years old
American Oak Barrels
Batch CP/001
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
LKRN 2032 , 2019/05/09, 2019/05/10
Added on
10 Jul 2019 2:07 pm by soulsacrifice

Average value

€ 200.25

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127 × member ratings

532 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caperdonich 18-year-old - Peated

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.41 points

  1. Glenjasper scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    What to expect from an 18-year-old caper donkey?

    Original fillings were rare until 2018. In 2019 the market was flooded at once.

    Had Chivas Regal found a couple of overdue barrels that needed to be quickly married?

    Unfortunately, nothing is known about the bottle content or the number of bottles filled. It is striking that a large number of peated versions were launched on the market.

    The whisky itself is irritating and more reminiscent of an independent bottler of an Islay whisky than an original bottling from Speyside.

    Withered sweet fruit with lots of almond and caramel are enveloped in a smoky note that you would not expect here. In the end, a light woody-leathery note comes through.

    In my opinion, a very successful experiment, which should have expected a higher average rating, if the whisky does not have a bit of the flaw that Chivas Regal had to quickly save a few barrels from the inedibility.

    It may even be so. In the end, the result is decisive. And that's true for a whisky of just under EUR 100.00.

    I do not have to decide here today whether I would still be so enthusiastic about the current retail price of around EUR 170.00.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. tribe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      You could guess an islay. I hadn't expected so much smoke. Very full and round.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Smoky and berry. Has removed something from the tomintoul Peaty tang not so earthy.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Lasts a long time with the smoke and there is still a cherry and wood in the finish

  3. Jarmin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Smoky campfire and lots of peat, with light spices and herbs, with light citrus notes.
    Palate: Phenolic peat, with a creamy sweetness. Then pears and apple, next to it a light bittersweet note, like almond bitter and brown sugar.
    Finish: Warm and smoky notes, slightly ashy towards the end. Even some oak comes through towards the end.
    Unusual, interesting and very special.

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Quite a unique profile, nothing like other Caperdonichs I tried, very savory, herbaceous and vegetal. I really like the nose, the finish is a bit too ashy but still good.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Vegetal peat, actually very mild on smoke, all kinds of herbs and smells from the Italian kitchen. Sweet cherry tomatoes, fried paprika's, pesto, pine nuts, carpaccio, mild salty cheese, band-aids and a somewhat resinous sweetness.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fat and oily, leans more towards smoked and charred flavours when compared to the nose, lemon, salty, some liquorice root and a pleasant peppery tang.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long: sea salt, liquorice, fried peppers, charcoal, a dry and ashy bitterness.

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Speyside Campfire

    A few months ago I hosted a Caperdonich tasting. My buddy Benny – Caper aficionado first class – even brought a little extra to the tasting: this 18 years old… peated Caperdonich! Yes, peated and 18 years of age to boot.

    Nosing this blind, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a Caol Ila. For me, that’s no punishment. If offers sweet notes like blueberries and candied oranges, soft spices from the garden and quite a bit of peat that translates into a campfire. Almonds and caramel, leather and almost chocolate (‘almost chocolate’, Mark? WTF does that mean?). It is clear to me that a number of sherry casks went into the mix of this release.

    The body could have been just a tad more. This is light and just shy of watery. But the taste is great. Again I am routed towards Caol Ila. Ha! Creamy sweetness in the guise of baked pears and apples, mandarin, roasted almonds with light brown sugar, wrapped in some mint and lots of sweet smoke. A few earthy notes enter the fray midpalate, but it’s the smoke and citrus that capture your attention. A salty edge appears.

    The finish is beautiful. Long, sweet versus salty, smoky with some ashes at the death.

    Atypical, of course, but fair is fair: this is very good. Although I must confess that 170 EUR is quite expensive. Therefor: thank you, Benny, for your generosity. Lovely Caper!

  6. SRB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Campfire, lemon peel, mint liqueur, freshly painted wood, cooked apples
    • Taste
      88 88
      Pleasant spiciness, peat, malt, black pepper, orange peel, ginger
    • Finish
      88 88
      Burnt wood, smoke and more smoke

  7. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. remcodevries scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      poached pear, hint of Lapsang, zesty orange, peaty
    • Taste
      91 91
      Savoury smoke, more luscious fruit – a sweet, baked apple pie with a slightly caught crust. A little hot, with a blast of cayenne pepper. Some orange zest and ginger playing catch-up, but the enjoyably aromatic smoke is quite dominant.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Smoked meat with a honey glaze.

  9. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Part of ‘HWF Thuisfestival’ edition 4. This bottle was brought in by myself. It lead the others straight to Islay. The loss of words was all over when it was revealed.
    • Nose
      This could have easily been an Ardbeg. Bright, smoky campfire flavors immediately. Mediterranean herbs are all over the place. The smoky flavors left aside, somebody said ‘carpaccio’ and I think that is spot on here. Pine nuts, thin beef and mild seasoning.
    • Taste
      Rather subtle on the palate. I’d expect a more powerful peat punch but it’s not a punch at all. When held in the mouth for a little longer, the flavors really start to develop. Smoked meat, campfire and grilled herbs.
    • Finish
      In the long finish I get quite an amount of pine tree flavors which is rather dominant. Not a very common type of flavor, especially not in peated whiskies in my opinion. It’s mild and silky at the end. Lovely stuff and one of the better peated whiskies I drank so far.

  10. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Better than I thought, nothing earth-shattering, but a very tasty malt, nice experiment, would have liked a little more Caper-Tropik to come through.
    • Nose
      Nice, dry charcoal smoke as I like it, lightly burnt BBQ, fine dried citrus fruits behind it, malt, some oak, walnut, a tick of red apple
    • Taste
      Very round, nice dried Black Forest ham, dried citrus slices, orange, lemon, earl gray, grapefruit teast, tick net melon, burnt toast, tick black pepper, malt, oak, vetiver
    • Finish
      Delicious malt, toast, ginger, earl gray, lemon, medium length


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