The hammer is waiting to drop on Caperdonich’s Lost Distillery Collection

The hammer is waiting to drop on Caperdonich’s Lost Distillery Collection

Bidding is set to begin on Speyside’s ‘best kept secret’

News | 03 Nov 2020

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One of the largest collections of Caperdonich is now available for auction on, running until Monday 9 November.

Known as one of Speyside’s most elusive lost distilleries, the auction is comprised of 70 rare bottles, 63 of which are from a single owner’s private collection. Highlights available from the distillery include independent bottlings from Jack Wieber and Prestonfield House, more than 40 expressions aged over 35 years old, and a private cask blend of which only five bottles were ever produced.

Caperdonich Distillery was the first of the ‘extension’ distilleries, built in reaction to the rise in demand back in 1897, next to the original Glen Grant plant. At the time it was named Glen Grant Number 2, before changing its name to Caperdonich – meaning ‘secret well’ – in 1967.

The distillery was demolished in 2011, meaning it will never distil again and therefore has led to expressions from the distillery becoming some of the most highly sought-after possessions for collectors in recent years.

Joe Wilson, head of auction content at Whisky Auctioneer, says: “The history of Caperdonich is truly captivating and these bottles are rare sightings on the secondary market. A collection of this significance from a distillery as elusive as Caperdonich in a single auction is an exciting discovery and offers a unique opportunity for our global audience of whisky enthusiasts, and in particular, collectors of whisky from Scotland’s lost distilleries.

“Independent bottlings like these offer a fascinating insight into the secrets of a Speyside distillery that otherwise could so easily have only been a footnote in the story of Glen Grant distillery. Over recent months, we have witnessed an increase in the demand for liquid from Caperdonich and so we are sure that these bottles will attract a huge appeal.”

This single malt collection is not the only ‘lost’ distillery highlight of the online whisky sale, which also welcomes sought-after bottlings from ghosts of the whisky world including Glenugie, Dallas Dhu, Port Ellen and Rosebank. The auction also welcomes another presentation from Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection, the largest private whisky collection to come to auction.
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