Caperdonich 18-year-old - Peated

Overall rating
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
Added on
10 Jul 2019 2:07 pm by soulsacrifice

Average value

€ 230.14

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92 × member ratings

423 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caperdonich 18-year-old - Peated

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.10 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 Expert Senior

    • 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. 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!

  5. 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

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  7. remcodevries scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    • 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.

  8. The_Independent scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is really not a typical caperdonich, but - as was to be expected - a taste experiment by the distillery. In some descriptions the comparison is made with Caol Ila. The intensity of the smoke certainly allows this to be concluded; personally, the smell reminds me of a heavily peated mainland whisky. I believe that Caperdonich could have scored points with the customer if the distillery hadn't closed.

    For connoisseurs who would like to try a bottling of the closed Caperdonich distillery once in their life, this bottling is not recommended in my opinion. It is simply too far removed from the "typical" profile of the distillery.
    Enthusiasts who are dedicated to peated whiskys or "lost distilleries" will find a really extraordinary and, personally, very good bottling here.
    • Nose
      88 88
      At first overwhelming, intense peat smoke mixed with overripe fruits. Too much for me personally.
      Over time, the smoke becomes a little lighter, more aromatic and herbal - the nose now looks fresher overall. I like it very much. Campfire smoke, mineral and very spicy notes, sweet citrus fruits, nuts and almond butter.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet, oily and heavy. Then the alcohol comes with a strong, slightly spicy kick. Wood smoke, spicy still sweet notes, a light but very intense fruit, almost like gummy bears, milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length and creamy. Spicy smoke and slightly bitter wood dominate. In addition, tart citrus notes with a slight sweetness of chocolate and oranges.

  9. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Conclusion: I like it very much. Round but intense Speyside peat. Everyone has to decide for themselves whether it is worth the price. I think it's great and if it were under 100 euros I would buy it.
    • Nose
      Present but gentle round peat smoke. Nutty, chocolate notes, chocolate peanuts, sweetish, a little citrus. Strong but gentle. Becomes significantly more fruity over time.
    • Taste
      In the mouth then strong but just right from the alcohol, sweet, mouth-filling, a bit tart peat smoke towards the end, pepper and some wood
    • Finish
      Finish: a bit tart at first, menthol-like. Then nice round but surprisingly strong peat smoke. Light fruit notes, a little floral and then peaty minty at the end.

  10. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful, smoky malt that is very similar in profile to a Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Medicinal smoke, licorice, malt, mint, sour citrus
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, then phenolic smoke, malt. Alcohol well integrated at the beginning, but it is becoming more and more intrusive.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish with smoke, espresso, sweetness, citrus. Becoming a bit bitter later.


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