Tag Archive: Silent Distillery

Gordon and Macphail: Caperdonich 1994 Connoisseurs Choice (Speyside Single Malt Scottish Whisky: Closed Distillery: Bottled 2009 (15yrs?): 46% ABV)

Visual: Thin coloured pail grain. Very light and colourless.

Viscosity: Fast forming thin and quick streaks.

Nose: Quite a heavy musky experience with planed wood and fine dust balancing it out. Vanilla and cream, the flavours are light but the effect is punchier than you would expect.

Body: Vanilla pods comes through strong. Slight sourness. Sweet – mixed jam and whipped cream. Doughnuts. Water adds more citrus and some toffee syrup.

Finish: Dancing sharp and bitter. Rock dust and oak wood. Sweet. Very mixed in the flavours simmering underneath. Icing sugar and burnt wood. A dry end. It does not change much with water.

Conclusion: A very mixed whisky. What seems at first to be a standard sweet floral whisky gets unexpected elements rippling through its finish to make you question what you have just experienced.

It does not rate at the high end of the spectrum but the solid main character and the oddities that come through holds the attention throughout the length of the dram.

The main vanilla notes are very pleasing and well done and I can’t complain, in part it suffers due to the high quality set by the CC range that it does not quite live up to.

But as I say, I cannot complain.

North Port Brechin Connoisseurs Choice 1982 (Scottish Whisky: Highland Single Malt (Closed Distillery): Bottled 2008 (26yo): 43% ABV)

Visual: Light Gold

Viscosity: Fast forming, many and thick.

Nose: Dry honeycomb and smoke. Wood shavings, light salt. Victorian house feel mixed with a fresh walk through the woods.

Body: Sweet, toffee and smoke. Sherried fruit – raspberries. Light sugar and icing. More toffee comes out with the water. Very appealing, just a hint of salt.

Finish: Vanilla, burnt wood. Slight harsh edge but quite light. Perfumed feel and brown sugar

Conclusion: This is a brilliant complex whisky. Fantastic toffee notes and a salt edge. Great both neat and with just a few drops of water. The water doesn’t change the character much apart from bringing out a little more obvious toffee elements.

All in all a fantastic dessert style whisky. I very much approve, and lament the closure of its home distillery.

Dallas Dhu 1982 (Scottish Whisky: Speyside Closed Distillery: Single Malt: 40%ABV)

Visual: Very pale yellow green.

Viscosity: Trails take a good long time to form , thick and so very slow. Snails race faster.

Nose: Sharp, floral. Dry wood and perfume. Sugary after a little while like honey comb lattice. Lilac.

Body: Honey; ginger snap. Dry toast at the back. Sour grapes. Butterscotch – Water adds a rich brown sugar and hot cross buns to the mix and mines a deep sweetness that offsets the alcohol.

Somewhat calls to mind a Victorian study room, somewhat old fashioned but stylish.

Finish: Dry and dusty; the dryness lasts with a touch of citrus lime seeping in, but the rest fades quickly.

Much more wood and a sweet sugar glaze comes with water. A harsh touch still lingers at the back

Conclusion: This whisky really needs those two drops of water to develop and open up. Without it, it is a simplistic and unassertive dram – with, it suddenly gains a lovely sweet edge comes to play with the floral character.

Whilst very nice, as a deceased distillery the price for this whisky is higher than the quality. It is a fine sweet floral whisky, but there are others out there at more affordable prices.

Well worth trying as a museum piece rather than an outstanding whisky in its own right.

Note: The Whisky Distillery Tour however makes a fantastic start to any whisky holiday and an introduction to how whisky is made.

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