File this one beneath “Random Whiskies I’ve Discovered Whereas Touring Internationally.” This single malt from the dearly departed Caperdonich Distillery comes from the Chivas Brothers Secret Speyside Assortment. The road launched in 2020 with out an excessive amount of fanfare, that includes a handful of single malts from 4 obscure distilleries whose whiskies have historically discovered their approach into blends (therefore the “secret” half, I suppose). Caperdonich is definitely the rarest of the bunch because the distillery, which as soon as sat alongside the river Spey within the coronary heart of Speyside, was closed in 2002 and utterly dismantled in 2011. The gathering consists of three peated and three non-peated choices from Caperdonich, with this peated, 18-year-old, American oak-aged bottling being the youngest of the bunch.
On the nostril, that is elegantly peated whisky with an exquisite stability of smoke and fruit. It’s mushy and virtually creamy with notes of pipe tobacco and wooden smoke; the type that’s mild and alluring from a simmering, long-burning campfire. Beneath all that peaceful peat lies candied orange peel, heat ginger snaps, and delicate mint. The palate is extra peat-forward however nonetheless measured and well-balanced. Peated single malt at this stage in life generally loses its phenolic punch, however this delivers on the chin with a windward draft from that very same forest bonfire providing up notes of candy soot and charcoal. Mesquite notes arrive in time together with orchard sweets – tinned pears and apple chips – earlier than an extended, honeyed end of cigar smoke and overbaked apple strudel. They are saying you need what you may’t have, however this never-again single malt actually is a good whisky. Re-file this one beneath “Fortunate Responsibility-Free Discover.”
A / $250 / secret-speyside.com
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