Caperdonich 1977 CA

Overall rating
91.06/100
votes
153
Whiskybase ID
WB96445
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
175th Anniversary
Vintage
1977
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
39 years old
Casktype
Butt
Number of bottles
462
Strength
50.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
19 may 2017 6:08 pm by thebase
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1073.17

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Whisky reviews for Caperdonich 1977 CA

32 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.06 points.

  1. Official tasting note

    Nose: Rich sherry notes but also creamy milk chocolate, toffee sauce, plums and nectarines.

    Palate: Thick and chewy sherry with toffee, raisin butter, brown sugar and coffee creams.

    Finish: Chewy; hints of cloves and ground ginger along with figs, plums and treacle toffee.

  2. ConvalRen scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Sexy rich, dark, and voluptuous chocolate. Thick, juicy, meaty. Very thicccc.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. Artus scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. wncvirus scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Intense aged sherry notes, marmalade, dried fruit, peach
    Taste: From the first sip, noticeable aged sherry notes. In the background notes of tea infusion. There is a noticeable taste in the mouth. In the following approaches, the taste of milk chocolate
    Rating: 93 | 100 Long finish with sweet sherry flavor with honeycombs and pears. I definitely recommend it. One of the best whisky I've had the opportunity to drink recently. I would have sinned if I didn't recommend someone to try this whisky

  5. kringo86 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Hmm considering all the high ratings, i am not sure what happened with my 3cl sample over time.... It tastes like a glengoyne 30 with a chemical bitter aftertaste. A sherry bomb for sure, but definately not my case.

  6. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Caperdonich 39 yo 1977/2017 (50.4%, Cadenhead, 175th Anniversary, butt, 462 bottles) Five stars

    Now remember, 1977 wasn’t 1972, just saying (what a nice contribution, S.!)

    Colour: dark amber.

    Nose: chocolate and wood varnish, Pappy-style, then garden peat and gravel, then prunes, armagnac-style. I’m totally not disappointed, but I was expecting some kind of bomb, while this is rather elegant and, well, sober.

    With water: Pappy’s back! Which, frankly, wasn’t to be expected. Now there are more prunes and black earth than in any Pappies. Don’t care for Pappy anyway.

    Mouth (neat): haven’t I just mentioned prunes? I’ll add liquorice and blackcurrants, Corinthian raisins, a wee drop of Kikkoman sauce, and a lot of ganache. It is ‘relatively simple’, but it’s a perfect simplicity.

    With water: takes water extremely well, and now we’re talking. Chinese plum sauce, cassis nectar, gianduja, perhaps a wee touch of Nutella (I known, utter horror, but in this context it’s OK)…

    Finish: medium, all on various chocolates, with some tobacco in the aftertaste. And a bourbonness. Comments: more a ride than malt whisky, but what a ride! Frankly, water is superfluous.

    SGP:561 - 91 points.

    whiskyfun.com

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    great old style sherry, tobacco, leather, custard cream, toffee, espresso, dark fruits, sweet spices, wood, very good.

  8. johnpf4 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    One word....amazing !
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  9. leapfrogboi scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Nose - prunes, very Congac and Armagnac-like with very intense sweetness. With water: the dram breaks down quite a bit with water, losing a lot of flavours

    Palate - syrupy sweetness with prunes, caramel and honey. With water: somehow a very bitter and dry profile appears that is uncomfortable

    Finish - medium, lacks complexity

    As a whole, very disappointed as the dram portrays average sherry profiles, with minimal complexity.

  10. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Dark sherry at its best! Multi-layered and extremely intense, tart and fruity at the same time.
    The barrel did a great job during its long maturation period and shaped the caper donut into an incredibly intense and characterful malt!

    23/23/23/23 (92P)
    • Nose
      Dark, almost rust-brown amber rests cloudy in the glass. On the glass wall of my Premium Snifter there is a viscous streak from which oily "legs" are released in slow motion. Dark and intense sherry aroma rises powerfully, wet leather and spicy tobacco appear immediately, hints of furniture polish and caramelized sugar follow. Old hazelnuts mix well with creamy milk chocolate, viscous forest honey with cocoa and a pinch of cinnamon, grapefruit and old mint come out of spicy oak and sweet raisins. The nose is incredibly complex and intense, plums and blackberries end in hints of sour cherries and zest from orange peel. There are minimally sweet tropical fruits, but these are quickly covered with "rich" sherry aromas.
    • Taste
      The first sip wets the tongue bitter and spicy. Caramelized sugar and sweet raisins, dates and sour cherries, tobacco and leather, dark chocolate and a few drops of warm espresso with hints of citrus fruits in the form of grapefruit
      followed by mint and chewed hazelnuts. Malty, sweet, fruity, minimally tart and peppery on the tongue followed by sweet raisins and creamy milk chocolate ... This caper donut tastes the full range of a wonderfully aromatic dark sherry bomb.
    • Finish
      Leather and tobacco stick slightly tart in combination with dark wood tones on the palate, espresso and grapefruit exude their bitter aroma, hints of furniture polish and spices. Chocolate and caramel blend creamy, slightly menthol freshness sticks refreshingly on the palate, followed by hazelnuts and wet leather. The aftertaste never seems to fade away and turns up again ...

  11. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A worthy anniversary whisky and a must for all lovers of whisky matured in sherry casks.

    I was able to try it right after opening a new bottle and found it a bit aggressive, but after the bottle has been open for a few weeks it would have to go through. So first "only" 90 points .... let's see what the second tasting brings.

  12. Nergal scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveaugust17-2-Glendronach-Bruichladdich-Bunnahabhain.html#250817

  13. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A toppaint. Something set, but with a lot of power and complexity. Pretty much in the same way I imagine a time-honored sherry whisky.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Multilevel and intense. Dark forest fruits, plum jam, dusty leather. Behind it are fine woody notes, but less than I would expect at this age.
      Despite almost 40 years in the barrel still a fresh and lively nose.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Sweet start, immediately afterwards spicy with black pepper. Again the forest fruits, honey, orange, raisins, a lot of dark chocolate, espresso, all very thick in the mouth.
      You notice the age, the oak sets a clear contrast to the sherrytönigen flavors.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long. Everything fades slowly, the longest remains the dry coating on the tongue, yet not bitter.

  14. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  15. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    N: dried blueberries, cocoa powder, leather, cinnamon, roasted nuts, deep and rich.

    P: leather and roasted nuts, sherry, allspice,dried blueberry

    F: deep rich sherry, mint, not as bitter as expected, dry and dark chocolate.

    Really nice old school dram.

  16. Suevia scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very nice old sherry profile, intense but well balanced. In addition to the usual dried fruits there is fresh papaya, beeswax, orange. No sulphur despite the dark colour. Chocolate
    • Taste
      very acidic and adstringent, but not unpleasant. Mouth-coating, there is quite some oak but not overwhelmingly much. Doesn't reach the complexity of the nose. Plums & sultanas.
    • Finish
      medium long, sweet & oaky

  17. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nice old sherry in the nose, very yummy and fruity sweet in the mouth. Long sweetish finish. Reminds me easily of an old grain. High Quality - very good whisky!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  18. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An extremely tasty droplet. It combines the typical fruity sherry flavors with a lot of age. But that is certainly not for wood allergy sufferers. With age, however, the wood tones have more substance and elegance.
    • Nose
      It definitely has more sherry than the WID: 21006. That’s no surprise, of course, with the color. Wild berries. Figs. Plum jam. Chocolate grape nut. Some citrus fruits. The oak is also noticeable. But you can tell it's age compared to younger sherry bombs. That brings the typical notes across in a much less excited and sedate manner.
    • Taste
      In the mouth the typical red fruits again (see nose). But they get more and more sour over time. Sour cherry. Then blood orange. The oak is now much more present than on the nose. It's getting drier. Coffee and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Some fruit. Tobacco. Cocoa. Liquorice.

  19. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Wow, one of the best I ever had. He perfects a distillery, which in itself I feel as one of the 3 best of all time, the age is perfectly matched, everything went together 100%.
    • Nose
      Super greasy broth, hazelnut, chestnut liqueur, deep and dark, sweet licorice, burnt creme brulee, dark honey, nougat everywhere, cream, old leather rubbed in oil, milk chocolate, behind all the Caper fruits, mushy banana and papaya, honeydew melon, pomegranate , Grapefruit, raisins and camphor, lavender and saffron, cardamom and ginger
    • Taste
      Dark honey, toffee, creme brulee, honeydew melon and netted melon, whole baked apple, sweet licorice, milk chocolate, raisins and camphor, lavender, ginger, fennel, licorice and rose water, noble fresh cocoa beans, cinnamon and gingerbread, saffron and papaya, old leather, distributed everywhere
    • Finish
      Remains forever, which is a big part of the rating, all the herbs, the licorice, cocoa and gingerbread, dark, sweet malt and sweet tobacco and much more, overall a little drier with more tannins

  20. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  21. GIORGOS scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  22. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes: Nose: Clear wood, dry Oloroso, nutty, with plenty of dried fruit, marzipan and wood polish. Among them, over time, more and more acidic fruit, plum jam, figs, grapefruit and lime, plus some soy sauce and maple syrup. All this is of course in an old closet (if you know what I mean ...), paired with leather and tobacco, the alcohol well integrated.
    Mouth: Instantly very elegant, quite dry, as well as in the aroma, great clean wood notes, without becoming bitter. In principle, here are just the impressions, as I had them in the scent, only that the fruit is clearly in the background, and rather the tart, woody tones appear. Nevertheless, the impression of balance arises surprisingly, again with well-integrated alcohol, with time getting drier, with more leather and herbs.
    Finish: Unfortunately a bit emaciated and not too long, but with a pleasant aftertaste.
    Conclusion: Many thanks to Christof, Dirk and Jörg for the sample of this really wonderful whisky, which impresses with its elegant and clean structure. https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/

  23. Rubber scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      97 97

  24. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is fantastic! Much better than the Caperdonich 1977 35 year old, and that one was already quite good. There is no bitterness here, and it’s very well balanced. A lovely winterdram with lots of layers. And one to enjoy for a long time while sitting by the fire. 
    • Nose
      Yup, a sherry bomb indeed! A mixture of dried fruits and forest fruits, like raisins, blueberries and blackberries. Some wax, a hint of oak and leather. Very restrained at first though. But after giving it a bit more time this gets better. Then ginger bread. Dark chocolate and a tiny hint of citrus.
    • Taste
      A very thick mouthfeel, quite creamy too. Sweet fruits and honey! Strawberries, cherries, blueberries and blacberries again. Ending with tobacco and sweet winter spices; aniseed, ginger, cinnamon, a touch of black pepper and cloves. So very nice! Later dark chocolate too. Quite delicious and maybe even a bit better than the nose.
    • Finish
      LONG! With chocolate and the above mentioned spices.

  25. Shane_IL scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I could tell this one was going to be a sherry bomb from the colour. The balance here was really something and the sherry character was really special thanks to the aging, it brought out a lot of the notes I like in whiskies like this.Reviewed in my blog:https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/10/24/cadenheads-175th-special-releases/
    • Nose
      Dry sherry. Dark chocolate. Red apples. Raspberry powder. Blood orange. Spicy raisins. Paprika.
    • Taste
      Dry. Woodspice. Cherry. Coffee liqueur. Heavy cream. Bitter plums.
    • Finish
      Long. Dry sherry. Chocolate. Coffee. Red fruits. Woodspice.

  26. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    A very sherried Caper which is pretty different to the fruit bombs from the 1972's - good on it's own even so not as expected
    • Nose
      Intense, sherry, fresh rubber, berries, raisins, more dried fruits, little citric, chocolate, toffee - great!
    • Taste
      Very punchy, more milk chocolate and toffee, dried fruits again, subtle sweetness balanced with good sherry wood, hints of old books, spices, nutmeg - very good!
    • Finish
      Long and burning, more dark chocolate and a bit minty in the end

  28. maltaholic did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    By Serge 

    Caperdonich 39 yo 1977/2017 (50.4%, Cadenhead, 175th Anniversary, butt, 462 bottles: 91 Punkte

  29. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A great old-style sherry board. Although the distillate character is completely immersed in sherry, the result is already very impressive and extremely tasty. The Convalmore 1977/2017 is the more exciting, more twisty, more intellectual whisky, but this one is just an incredibly beautiful, wonderfully drinkable, hedonistic sherry.
    Definitely no water.

  30. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  32. KayMeertens scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A darker, more sherry-led profile than the 2013 edition (43344) which has more of a polished and candied style.
    Samples available.
    • Nose
      Date, raisin, cherry and melon.
    • Taste
      Date, raisin, mocha, cherry, melon and a little cheese, but also that candy (wine gum / marshmallow) in the back which keeps it far from the over-aged category.
    • Finish
      Raisin, date and beautiful dark chocolate.

  33. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram during the Cadenhead 175th Anniversary tasting in Campbeltown.

    A very fine selection by Cadenhead and a worthy anniversary bottling.  The best release in that series (to me)...
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is brown sherry and the texture shows some early slow legs and very late fat tears. The nose is all about a perfectly clean sherry profile of the old school - and not the slightest trace of sulphur or any other flaw.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is unbelievably layered on all these wonderful sherry flavours again but still the Caperdonich malt shines through with its nice creaminess. Quite balanced for such a sherry monster, I like that!
    • Finish
      92 92
      The dram arrives in the mouth peppery and fully coating with some slight astringent moments from tannins (but much lesser than one would expect from almost 40 years in a sherry butt). The finish is long and sherry-sweet with some stronger chocolatey flavours. No bitter nor drying notes here, surprisingly. Some drops of water smoothen the dram and unlock even more aromas (e.g. milk chocolate and marzipan) - I like it that way better (but even neat it was great). And unlike many other heavily sherried drams it does not get bitter even with more water added. A superb example of an excellent "old school" sherry maturation...

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