This Caperdonich 1994 is bottled by Maltbarn. An independent bottler that I have discovered not even that long ago. It’s a German family run business, located on the North Sea coast.
Martin Diekmann founded his company in 2011, when he and his family moved into a farm with a big barn attached to it (hence the name). Initially, he only bottled older whisky but as these old casks became more difficult to acquire, he adapted his philosophy to: ‘We only sell whisky we love to drink ourselves’.
And apparently this philosophy works well for him, as the bottler has built a very good reputation over the years and is loved by many whisky enthusiasts.
This Caperdonich has matured in a bourbon cask for 22 years and is bottled at 49,8% ABV.
Caperdonich 1994 tasting notes:
Nose: It’s quite fresh on the nose. Starting with a whole range of white fruit. White grapes, green apples, and pears too. A hint of vanilla, and some lovely grassy notes can be found here as well. Then a little bit of lemon juice and some chalk. Followed by pineapple.
Taste: Back to the white fruit again; pears and green apples. Grassy again too. And also the vanilla is here as well. It’s very much similar to the nose actually, not really surprising. A little bit of white pepper in the end.
Finish: The finish is mid-long with white pepper, some minerals and it is slightly bitter.
It is quite good, but it could use just a little bit more layers. Nevertheless, it is a very enjoyable dram. It’s light and fresh, which makes it perfect for a summer evening.