Caperdonich 1977 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
175th Anniversary
Stated Age
39 years old
Number of bottles
50.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 May 2017 6:08 pm by thebase
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1050.97

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Whisky Reviews for Caperdonich 1977 CA

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.10 points

  1. 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...

  2. ColdAesthetics 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 ...

  5. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    As expected, also a delicious droplet. It combines the typical sherry aromas with proper age. But that is certainly not for wood allergies. I like this.
    • Nose
      He definitely has more sherry than the WID: 21006. Of course that's no surprise with the color. Wild berries. Figs. Plum jam. Chocolate grape nut. Some citrus fruits. The oak is also noticeable. But you just notice the age compared to younger sherry bombs. This brings the typical notes much more relaxed and set over.
    • Taste
      In the mouth again the typical red fruits (see nose). They become more and more acidic over time. Sour cherry. Then blood orange. The oak is now much more present than in the nose. It is getting drier. Coffee and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Some fruit. Tobacco. Cocoa. Liquorice.

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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.

  9. kringo86 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    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.

  10. 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.



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