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    Caperdonich Single Malt Whisky

    The now mothballed Caperdonich distillery is located in the Scottish town of Rothes, which sits on the banks of the River Spey. The distillery was originally opened in 1898 under the name Glen Grant #2 – due to its position directly across the street from the Glen Grant distillery – but was closed just 4 years later and lay dormant until 1965 when it reopened as Caperdonich. The new name was taken from the nearby Caperdonic Burn, which provided a water supply to both distilleries. Caperodnich was purchased by Pernod Ricard in 2001 and closed the following year. Most of the distillery buildings were demolished in late 2010.

    For a brief time, spirit would be transferred from Caperdonich to the main Glen Grant distillery using a ‘whisky pipe’ constructed above the central road which separated the two buildings. Not only were questions raised about the effect this had on the whisky, but locals were known to drill holes in the pipe to steal ‘samples’ of the spirit.

    Most of the whisky produced at Caperdonich was used for blends, including Chivas Regal and Passport. Official bottlings from the distillery have always been rare and are even more so now that the distillery has been demolished. An official expression, 16yo cask strength, was released in 2005 and there have been occasional independent releases, most notably a 40 year old single cask malt released as part of Hunter Laing’s Old and Rare series in February 2014.

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