Distillery in Focus:           Caperdonich
Region: Speyside
Name: Until 1965, "Glen Grant No. 2" and then Caperdonich (“Secret Source”).
Status: Demolished.
Website &E-mail: N/A
Telephone: 01542 783 300
Address: Rothes, Morayshire
Visitor centre: No
Owner: Chivas Brothers, Pernod-ricard group.
Established in 1897.
Stills: 2 Wash and 2 Spirit stills.
Percentage of single malts: 0%
Casks used for maturation are sherry and bourbon casks.

Regular Bottling:
Caperdonich has never been regularly sold as single malt. To my knowledge, only a 5 YO single malt (40%, 75 cl) has been released for the Italian market and as a 16 YO cask strength bottle (D: 1998, B: 2005, 50 cl) exclusively available through the visitor centres of the Chivas Group (Strathisla, the Glenlivet,..).

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Caperdonich has been bottled by most independent bottlers, such as Hart Brothers, G&M, Douglas Laing, Duncan Taylor and Cadenhead's.

Caperdonich whisky was principally used in the "Chivas Regal", "Queen Anne", "Passport" and "Something special".

Caperdonich Cask Strength, distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2005 at a strength of 55.8%, 50 cl. Was matured in ex-bourbon casks. Described as smooth and floral

J.J. Grant who built the Glen Grant distillery built Caperdonich 1898. The same barley and water was used by the two distilleries an the two were linked by a pipe, known by the locals as the "whisky pipe". The distillery was closed between 1902 and 1965 in consequence of the Pattison's crash. The production restarted after the renovation achieved by its new owner, the Glenlivet Distilleries. As you can see from the picture above, the renovation had to be quite extensive. In 1967, the number of stills was doubled (from 2 to 4) and Seagram (the Chivas Group) took over in 1977. In 2000, Pernod-Ricard acquired Seagram and the Chivas Group and closed the distillery in 2002 with only 3 months of activity between 2001 and 2002. The distillery was demolished in autumn 2010.

Source: The Scotch Whisky Distilleries by Misako Udo. P.Brossard 20Jan06. Updated on 07June2011

Tasted whiskies:

Official/original bottlings (OB)  
Non specified  


Independent bottlings (IB)  
Caperdonich 1977 Small batch, 35 YO, Cadenhead’s, 50.2%, B: 2013, 348 bottles. Rating: 14/20
Duncan Taylor  
Caperdonich Lonach 1968, 37 YO, D.Taylor, 40.3%, B:2006. Rating: 08/20
Caperdonich  1972 “From Huntly to Paris for LMDW, 34 YO, D. Taylor, 53.4%, B: 2007, cask 6707, 210 b. Rating: 16/20
First Cask  
Caperdonich 1980, 26 YO, First Cask, 56.8%, B: 2006, cask 7346 Rating: 17/20
Gordon & MacPhail  
Caperdonich 1972, G&M, 49.9%, B: 2008, cask 1976, 193 b. Rating: 13/20
Hart Brother's  
Caperdonich 1972, 30 YO, Hart Brothers, 50.1%, B: 2002 Rating: 17/20
Jean Boyer  
Caperdonich 1995 Small peaty barrels, Best Casks of Scotland, Jean Boyer, 43%, B: 2007 Rating: 14/20
The Perfect Dram  
Caperdonich 1972 The Whiskyschiff Zürich, 39 YO,The Perfect Dram, 45.0%. B: 2011 Rating: 13/20
Warehouse 8  
Caperdonich 1994, 18 YO, warehouse 8, 62.8%, B: 2010, c. 88853, 278 b. Rating: 12/20