Caperdonich 20yo 1992/2013 The Creative Whisky Company

Pepper Tub Bee Nursery

Caperdonich, a distillery from the 60’s building on the heritage of a long forgotten Speyside predecessor. Today with the single malt whisky craze it would be unthinkable that another distillery would close its doors. But not so long ago in 2002 Pernod Ricard closed this newly acquisitioned distillery and sold it to Forsyths. They in turn knocked over the last remaining buildings and sold the internal fittings. That’s why The Belgian Owl distillery, just 30km as the crow flies from my home, now owns two of their stills. A little part of Scotland in Belgium within driving distance!
In 2013 The Creative Whisky Company (a bit cocky right?) released this expression of Caperdonich. Metal design artist Tony Koehl created the trippy label that comes with the bottle.


CDDescription:
matured in a bourbon cask #121137 for 20years, selected by David Stirk and bottled at 52.2%.

Nose: this nose seems to be uncertain of what it wants to be: candied sweet, mellow or grainy,… Central are notes of honey and beeswax, hot cereal biscuits, with fruity notes of charentais melon, and cherry pits lurking at the bottom.

Mouth: a creamy full body, along a rough palate of marzipan with an alcoholic sting, some apple, a touch of nutmeg, and honey.

Finish: ending strong with a whiff of vanilla and a gush of black pepper in the tail.

 

The Verdict: a nice layered nose, a difficult but nonetheless interesting palate and a finish like sticking your tongue in a tub of black pepper grind. I had a really difficult time placing this and making out if it was to my liking, or not. In the end it was intriguing enough to keep my attention and that warrants it a good score.
Score: 84

Nose: 23

Taste: 19
Finish: 21 Balance: 21
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house