Time really flies doesn’t it? I can’t believe that we’re already near the end of January. It has been a crazily busy month.. or couple of months if I’m honest so I’m a little late with this review. It is however a review worth writing as the whisky is a lovely cask strength 19 year old from a silent distillery in Speyside – Caperdonich. The whisky itself is bottled by Gregor Hannah of Hannah Whisky Merchants and sold under the Lady of the Glen label. They may be relative newcomers to the independent bottlers market but already they’ve bottle some crackers including a 24 year old Invergordon.
This Caperdonich hails from 1994 and is bottled at 54%. We found the nose to be intense and room filling with its aroma. There was a decent whack of vanilla before we were delighted by the interplay between a gingery apple crumble and oaty biscuits. Finally we found scent to be a touch oily. The palate provided a big hit of lemon sponge cake before turning savoury in the form of Jacobs crackers. The whisky contains a lovely weighted spiciness of cracked black pepper and chilli essence before sweetening into butter cream and hot Danish cherry sauce (memories of Christmas in Denmark came flooding back with this note – fabulous stuff!). The finish lived unto expectation with a long lasting heat being complemented by embers of pepper and offset by a citrus slice of lemon.
This whisky has provided us with a great start to 2014, and if this spirit is anything to go by Lady of the Glen could well be one to watch over the next 12 months. Their whisky is selling out remarkably quickly and now we can see why; good job Gregor – we look forward to seeing what else you have in store!