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Overall rating
91.03/100
votes
133
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

€ 1046.86

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Whisky Reviews for Caperdonich 1977 CA

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.03 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

    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.  It arrives in the mouth peppery and fully coating with some slight adstringent moments from tannins (but much lesser than one would expect from almost 40 years in a sherry butt).  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!  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...

    A very fine selection by Cadenhead and a worthy anniversary bottling.  The best release in that series (to me)...
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  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 Junior

    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. 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.

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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.

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