Competition Brings Out Guys’ Dark Side… Caperdonich 1972

With my hangover just subsiding I was looking forward to our tasting a couple of nights ago. We used some sort of logic to pick the whiskies we tasted, but this logic is probably unfathomable to the normal person. Anyway we picked three interesting and exciting whiskies. Ardbeg Supernova, Old Pulteney 30 and Caperdonich 1972.

Tasting Caperdonich 1972 is like tasting a piece of History. Bottled by Duncan Taylor, the sample we had was literally just out of a cask that had held it since 1972. Caperdonich was originally made as the sister distillery to Glen Grant and is sometimes referred to as Glen Grant 2. Currently mothballed, is still one of the main contributors to Chivas Regal.

Caperdonich 1972 (36yo)
Duncan Taylor

139 bottles
55.6% ABV
£92.95 from here

Colour: A light coppery colour. Irn-Bru mixed with Red Bush tea

Nose: We got a lot from the nose. Polish rye bread, lemon tarts, heather, carrot cake, honey, nail varnish. You often learn quite a lot about someone you taste a whisky with. I learnt that Lucas’ favorite smell is the model glue you use to build model aeroplanes. Interesting.

Palate: Without water, it’s a punch in the face. I honestly grimaced at the bitterness mixed with that amount of alcohol (54.8%). I am a glutton for punishment, and I thought my palate may adapt, so I tried it again. Punch number two. Decided there and then to add water, for my own safety. A lot of cask strength whiskies I have tried recently have left me thinking ‘where’s the alcohol?’ but not this one.

With water: It’s super oaky and it has an over-stewed earl grey flavour to it. Spicy bitter chocolate and cherries eaten right to the stone. Ever so slight creaminess and a lot more spice

Finish: 80 or 90% cocoa chocolate.

Lucas and I disagree on this whisky. I didn’t like it. I felt it was over-oaked and the punch it had had none of the charm or flavour of other cask strengths I have enjoyed recently. It left a large amount of bitterness in my mouth.

My person for this whisky is Brad Pitt as the pikey boxer in ‘Snatch’. It nearly took me down with the first jab. Since we disagree, over to you Lucas.


Disclaimer: I would like to point out, and I didn’t when writing this originally, that being hungover is not the appropriate way to taste whisky and while I express my opinion on this whisky, I suspect my tastebuds were  ruined by my hangover. Always give a whisky a second chance, preferably when you are not hungover.


Yeah, Chris, over to me. One particularly unhappy distillery manager from Islay once told us, and I am sure you recall that perfectly, that there is a big difference between ‘tasting whisky’ and ‘drinking and pronouncing’. Well, I am still not quite sure what the difference is (the unsophisticated immigrant pikey that I am) but it is obvious to me which category you fall under. First you got yourself drunk like a pig swine (and yes, we mention that yet again, so it must have been quite epic) and then, on the hangover, you attempted to savour cask strength whisky neat. Pure ‘drinking and pronouncing’!

Caperdonich 1972 is very assertive but packs a world of flavour and aroma. It is a heart warming, masculine, rich whisky. Not for faint hearted. And not for hungover.



I take it there will be no more drinking and pronouncing in the future from you Lucas? How’s your responsible drinking going by the way?



This is precisely what The Dark Side wants, Chris! Can you not see it? They want to turn us against each other, because they know we are the only whisky blog still standing between the Earth and the Sulphur! Only together we can stop this madness, Chris! Remember the last time we played golf? Remember how hard it was? But we saw through it because we stuck together!



Hilarious mate. I am sure our golfing partner would agree with us when we suggest that we would have been more useful with a couple of toy lightsabers on the golf course instead of the golf clubs we had.

It definitely shows our strength of feeling about whisky, but you are correct, I felt the pull of the Darkside. As Yoda said ‘Fear is the path to the darkside. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering’

Let’s never argue again.


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