Duncan Taylor Scotch Adds Two Whiskys To Rarities Portfolio


May 17, 2022

Duncan Taylor Scotch bottles

Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky has released two very rare whiskies as part of their Rarest of the Rare portfolio.

Dating back to 1969, the launch of a Kinclaith 51-year-old and Caperdonich 50-year-old form part of a collection of rare whisky casks from closed distilleries that Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky has matured in their warehouse for half a century. Both whiskies have notable histories; Kinclaith’s transitory existence ended in 1975 and production of Caperdonich from Rothes finished in 2002.

These sought-after whiskies are rarely released and it’s the first time that the Aberdeenshire bottler has launched drams dating back over 50 years.

Kinclaith’s origins date back as far as 1957. Located on the south side of the river Clyde, this small malt distillery was housed within the massive Strathclyde grain distillery complex. The vital ingredients were all locally procured and the liquid matured in a combination of American and European oak casks, producing some of the finest malt whisky over an 18-year period. Unfortunately, it was closed in 1975 and demolished to make way for an extension being built at Strathclyde.

Caperdonich’s conception dates back much further to 1898. Mothballed for approximately six decades Caperdonich’s production was reinstated in 1965 to fulfill demand for Glen Grant, culminating in the expansion of the Caperdonich distillery site in 1967. The new pot stills were steam heated which was a very modern technology at the time and the whisky was given a new appellation in 1966, Caperdonich. The name was chosen after its water source.

A limited release of less than 100 handcrafted glass decanters is available of each whisky worldwide. The bottles will be individually numbered and engraved as well as housed in a beautiful lockable framed box, inside a brushed stainless steel carry case.

Commenting on the launch, Chairman Euan Shand, said; “I feel it is a privilege to be the custodian of these stunning rare casks.  Originally filled back in 1969 it’s the start of an exciting chapter at Duncan Taylor as we plan to release a selection of rare malts from our portfolio over time.”

Both whiskies are currently available by ballot only from https://therarest.duncantaylor.com with a UK RRP for Kinclaith of £12,300 and Caperdonich of £10,750.