Caperdonich 1995 (WhiskySponge)

Caperdonich 1995 (WhiskySponge)

This Caperdonich 1995 was one of the latest releases in the Whisky Sponge series. It was sourced from the Signatory Vintage warehouses so it’s probably a sister cask of their 30th anniversary bottling.

I must admit I haven’t really cared much about these 1990s Caperdonichs. They’re always nice but never totally impressive. For me they suffer from the shadow of their 1970s counterparts.

 

Caperdonich 25 yo 1995 (52%, WhiskySponge 2021, refill sherry hogshead, 124 btl.)

Nose: rather honeyed, with a bit of that jammy apricot and yellow plums that we also found in 1970s Caperdonich. Orange peels and gooseberries. Malty sweetness and a slight nutty edge. Underneath there is a flinty note and something vaguely metallic. Candied ginger and a little

Mouth: a nice balance of juicy fruits (oranges, lime, apricot, a hint of bergamot) with oak spice (white pepper and ginger). Some sultanas and dried fruits from the sherry cask. Some waxy / oily hints, very light herbs (aniseed) and a hint of tobacco leaves and brown sugar. Light grassy flavours in the end.

Finish: medium, with orange peels and other fruity notes, as well as some oak spice and a bit of herbal / minty syrup.

A beautiful, refined sherry character on top of this rich, fruity spirit, with some unusual touches. I prefer this one over the Signatory release. The bottles were gone in the blink of an eye, as often.

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