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Fascinating Facts about Caperdonich

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Fascinating Facts about Caperdonich

Postby Iain » Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:38 am

Do you have a fascinating fact you would like to share about this allegedly boring distillery?

I have one!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:44 am

Hmmmmmm... is any distillery genuinely boring?
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Postby fishboy » Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:57 am

its an anagram of "A COD IN PERCH"

I'm not sure any other scottish distilleries contain the names of two fish.

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Postby les taylor » Sat Jan 27, 2007 1:07 pm

Or it could be "E PARDON HICC"

Sorry Iain couldn't resist it. :wink:


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Postby Drrich1965 » Sat Jan 27, 2007 2:56 pm

My 40th B day present form my mom was a 1971 37yo Caperdonich, by Caledonian Selection, bottled at about 51 percent. It was the first "old"bottle I had, and while I enjoyed it, it was a bit over the top with wood and sherry. The saving grace was that the two dominant eliments balanced each other well, and its intensity made it special.
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Postby Reggaeblues » Sat Jan 27, 2007 3:08 pm

How about - ICH DONE CRAP...

...in the words of Graham Chapman, "this is getting silly! Stop the sketch!"

I had a 36 YO Longmorn (SMWS) given to me of which the same could be said:

"I enjoyed it, it was a bit over the top with wood and sherry. The saving grace was that the two dominant eliments balanced each other well, and its intensity made it special."

amen!
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Postby Iain » Sat Jan 27, 2007 6:09 pm

Some nice tries, lads - but none as good as mine yet... :D
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Postby Iain » Sun Jan 28, 2007 11:08 am

ps:

"its an anagram of "A COD IN PERCH""

And for I DROP CHANCE

So it could be the the new sponsor of the England cricket team?

:lol:
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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:20 am

fishboy wrote:its an anagram of "A COD IN PERCH"

I'm not sure any other scottish distilleries contain the names of two fish.


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Postby Aidan » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:51 am

Tullibardine?
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Postby Aidan » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:52 am

What about Bruich-haddock?
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Postby Iain » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:58 am

The way this thread is going seems to confirm Fachan's view, that Caperdonich is one of the most "boring" distilleries. No one seems to have a relevant fascinating fact to share!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:15 am

Well, I just tried to find something interesting by looking into MJ's "Definitive world guide" to whisky.

As I look into the index for "Caperdonich" I am told that I should look to pages 148 & 167.

After immediate disappointment where I find no obvious notes on Caperdonich, I read the text more closely and find that Caperdonich has the same shaped stills as Glen Grant, but this whisky is supposedly "not as good", but it was once carried across the road in an overhead pipe!

He then suggests that the stillmen may have been rather pre-occupied watching football on the pitch outside the window.

So, I find a whole plethora of fascinating facts about Caperdonich:

It is across the road from Glen Grant
It has the same shaped stills as Glen Grant
The whisky once crossed the road in overhead piping (lending substance to that old joke question "why did the whisky cross the road")
There's a football pitch directly outside the distillery
The stillmen were avid football supporters

Later, I find that at Glen Keith, Seagram's experimented with a heavily peated version called Glen Isla and then did the same at Caperdonich and Benriach.

How's that for fascinating?
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Postby fishboy » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:23 am

Congratulations to M-T for trying to drag this thread away from poor fish-related anagrams.

Apparently Caperdonich was mothballed for 63 years (1902-1965) is this a record?

Fishboy (trying to be serious!)
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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:23 am

Aidan wrote:Tullibardine?

Indeed. Actually you can get three fish from it - IDE, TUNA, BRILL - but the challenge set was only two.
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Postby Iain » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:35 am

Excellent M-T. Here's my tuppence-worth.

The name Caperdonich is a mistake!

I'm not a Gaelic speaker so bear with me (Nick and others can correct any errors here...)

As far as I know, the distillery was known as Glen Grant No2, until it was reopened by The Glenlivet Distillers in the 1960s.

They wanted a more "interesting" name for it, and decided to name it for the well that provides much of the water for Glen Grant.

But that well is the "Tobar Domnaich" (the "Sunday Well"? "Lord's Well"? "Chapel Well"? ).

What happened?

I believe the company men had a look at an old Ornance Survey map to find the correct name. The typeface used for old Gaelic well names by the OS is a strange "Gothic" one (not sure of the name, but akin to the old English Text option on your pc) which produces a T that looks a bit like a C, and other characters that are easily misread.

So Tobar Domnaich got corrupted by the whisky men to Cabar Domnaich, which was reduced to Caperdonich to make it a bit more "accessible" to English speakers.

Fascinating, or what?
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Postby Admiral » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:43 pm

I had a 36 YO Longmorn (SMWS) given to me of which the same could be said:

"I enjoyed it, it was a bit over the top with wood and sherry. The saving grace was that the two dominant eliments balanced each other well, and its intensity made it special."


Hey, do you remember which one it was? I've had quite a few of the SMWS 36yo Longmorns, and they blew me away with how good they were!

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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:49 am

A certain brand ambassador I met last year told me he thinks Caperdonich is the ugliest distillery in Speyside, if not the world. It is, however, suffused with "aproned chic".
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Postby Iain » Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:19 pm

Not sure about most boring, but must agree it's the ugliest sms distillery I've seen. And that includes Littlemill before its demolition.

Strathclyde Distillery is admittedly uglier, but I don't know if grain distilleries should count.
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Postby vitara7 » Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:44 pm

port dundas is not just ugly, its fugly, and so is loch lomand. man, thats one ugly distillery...
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