Caperdonich 18 YO – Peated

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. At first there’s a thin layer of honey, heather and vanilla with a base note of leathery peatiness. There are also notes of hay and tobacco. It’s very aromatic and with time a layer of friendly green fruits start to appear. A small hint of black liquorice is also floating around inside. The peat sort of mellows out over time. This is a nice nose and everything is very mild but it’s still not flat and boring.

Mouth: It starts out with heather, honey and vanilla up front and a lemon note in the back. It soon turns very astringent, dry and bitter almost to the point where it’s unbearable to keep it in the mouth. It feels a bit ”hot” too. The peat is creating an outer layer and it’s a grassy and herbaceous peatiness. The leather and tobacco notes are now separated from the peatiness and is sitting in the center telling a tale of age. There’s still a green and fresh fruitiness floating around within.

Finish: It starts out with chili spicyness together with a rush of the fresh fruitiness and the heather. It soon turns astringent, dry and bitter once again which overshadows most of the finish. The peat is there, as well as the leather notes in the center. The oakiness is coming through but it’s hard to categorize due to the astringency mixed with the peat. This is an interesting experience, but it’s not the greatest of whiskies. There are nice flavours but they are hidden behind an array of bad sensations.

Additional information
This 18 YO is part of Pernod Ricard’s ”Secret Speyside collection” . It’s aged in ex-bourbon barrels. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour. Caperdonich is a closed distillery.

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