Caperdonich 18-year-old - Peated

Overall rating
88.19/100
votes
170
Whiskybase ID
WB134737
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Bottled
05.2019
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
American Oak Barrels
Casknumber
Batch CP/001
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LKRN 2032 , 2019/05/09, 2019/05/10
Barcode
5000299613900
Added on
10 jul 2019 2:07 pm by soulsacrifice
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 209.00

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Whisky reviews for Caperdonich 18-year-old - Peated

46 users have left 46 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.19 points.

  1. face scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/jyaxlAixJdA
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. Asgaard scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Nice complex whisky. Great integrated smoke. Sweet, floral fresh, beautiful elegant oak, oily and somehow reminds me of an older Ardbeg 18, Ardbeg 19 (minus the maritime notes). In the finish, the smoke and the sweetness remain with me. If you don't want to pay the Ardbeg price, you should try this malt.

  4. Woodsmoke scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Salty and typically bourbon. Fresh and a little lemon. A bit like methane. Rum. Some mango fizz. Flowery. Fruitier with water.
    • Taste
      Sweet-fruity, smoke and herbs...that could...Slightly reminiscent of Laphi qs. Almond Bitters. Thick and oily.
    • Finish
      Bitter, spicy and some smoke. Bitter Almond Smoke.

  5. woojin scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Wood, vegetable vanilla. The sense of maturity is lacking.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Bitter and sweet, the body is medium.
    • Finish
      80 80
      A short, weak finish with tannins remaining. It's hard to catch.

  6. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Smell: Present smoke, greasy note, including a fine forest honey sweetness, notes of heather, only very slightly ashy, nicely balanced, yellow fruity, chicken bouillon

    Taste: On the palate dtl. more on the ashy-spicy than on the fruity side, coal cellar, black pepper, long finish, again with a clear note of burnt pepper

    Colour: yellow gold, medium water's edge, clear

    Conclusion: initially blindly located in Islay - but when you finally know where the bottle comes from, the somewhat melty, more feminine aromas in the glass are noticeable - great malt, to which the story contributes the rest...

  7. Hlektrion scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Bartek_097 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Fresh smoke, delicate peat, slightly citrus, herbal, vegetable, fiery.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Astrid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Except for the name, nothing special. There are more mature 18-year-olds (smokers). The full review can be found here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/01/08/relicts-of-caperdonich/
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. Spoerkel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A subtle note of peat - but it's also a Speysider. Attempting a "Best of both worlds" (Islay/ Speyside) is not perfect, but OK.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Wonderfully smoky. Subtle banana. My first thought was towards Islay, without being able to commit myself to a distillery. Even the Speyside can do peaty.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Smoky, vanilla, banana, oak, very solid but not exceptional.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Longer than expected. The smoke and the subtle fruit only slowly disappear.

  12. dapoinbua scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  13. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Had this one in a blind tasting, and of course: The last thing I would think about here is a Caperdonich. So very surprising for sure, allthough it didn't make it an outstanding dram for me.
    It's nicely peated, with some fruity elements, and not too hefty. But the most fun is in the fact that this is really a Caperdonich.
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, some fake leather, skai. Plasters, and hay. Salty, maritime notes, and even some floral elements now.
    • Taste
      Pretty smooth actually, a little sparkling. Sweet smoke, and more like berries now.
    • Finish
      Again pretty smooth, still sparkling in the throat, sweet smoke, some ashy elements. Pretty long. Rubber-like.

  14. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, bonfire, fruity (blueberries, oranges), almonds, spicy, vanilla, mint, leather, sweet caramel, chocolate
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, fresh, sweet, fruity (apples, pears, oranges, tangerines), spicy (pepper), cocoa
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, salty, citrus, chocolate, spicy, oaky

  15. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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.

  16. LiquidThoughts 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

  17. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. JoachimV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Grills chips, plaster and a little iodine in the nose.
    The taste is very soft and less intense than the nose suggests.

  19. 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.

  20. harriedv scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  22. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. Koning scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blind Tasting: Relatively mild Islay peat with citrus fruits, banana and a subtle spicyness. One unique and very present note: cherry tomatoes! My first Caperdonich, glad to have tasted this one.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  24. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  25. Diekerelvandinges scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      90 90

  26. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    One of the so far very rare original bottlings.
    Bourbon barrels. Allegedly small batch.
    But I already have Bottle No. 3210.
    Is that still a small batch ... at least not in the sense that Cadenhead or Signatory understand.
    Otherwise there is really nothing to complain about.
    Unusually peaty and smoky for a Speyside malt.
    At the same time, no sharp and bitter peat, but soft, round and full-bodied.
    In addition, a lot of oak spice influence with vanilla, caramel, toffee, coconut.
    Very complex and balanced with many lighter fruits and garden fruits such as apples, apricots, peaches, mirabelle plums, plus belle red berries, red currants, strawberries,
    Spices and herbs like mint, ginger, maybe a touch of cinnamon.
    Long and differentiated, complex finish.
    Very fine and tasty.

  27. MissSmoke scored this whisky 96 points Member Junior

    First I thought it was an excellent Islay. It reminds me of some of the good Laphroaighs.
    The smoke is very nice combined with the taste from a Speyside.

  28. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  29. Odinson scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. 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.

  31. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  32. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  33. 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.

  34. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Pleasant smoke, citrus, vanilla, pear
    • Taste
      89 89
      Peat, honey sweetness, pear, creamy, creme brulee
    • Finish
      88 88
      Pleasantly mild, medium length

  35. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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.

  36. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  37. 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!

  38. 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

  39. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  40. 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.

  41. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    good heavy peater! 7/10
    • Nose
      farmy, BBQ bananas, slight chlorine
    • Taste
      peat bomb, bright, mineral, green bananas, laundry powder

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  45. 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.

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