Caperdonich was closed in 2002 and demolished in 2012 to enable an expansion of Forsyths of Rothes, coppersmiths and fabricators of equipment for the whisky industry.
Caperdonich was originally called Glen Grant No. 2, and as the name implies was built to increase the capacity of the Glen Grant distillery. For a time there was a pipeline across the street to Glen Grant to deliver the distilled spirit to the "parent" distillery.
Spent most of its life mothballed - from 1902 to 1965. It was rebuilt (and re-named) in 1965 by then owners Glenlivet, and was in operation until 2001 when ownership transferred to Chivas Bros (Pernod Ricard) who closed it soon afterwards.
Caperdonich (cap-per-don-nick) means secret well in Gaelic.
Malt Madness, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk
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Nearest National Rail stations are Elgin (ELG) (10 miles) or Keith (KEH) (12). Live train times: ELG, KEH. The railway running through Rothes to Elgin was closed many years ago.
Caperdonich was at the end of the small town of Rothes on the road to Elgin.
Caperdonich official bottlings are extremely rare - at least one bottle has been released in the Chivas Cask Strengths Edition range.
Independent bottlings have appeared from a number of sources and are the most likely way to find any Caperdonich. For a closed distillery, prices are quite reasonable.
LFW, RMW, TWE
Nearest Bike shops - Elgin:
Bikes and Bowls 7 High Street, Elgin 01343 549656
Halfords Lossie Wynd N, Elgin 01343 552030
Charlie Millett Dufftown 01340 820991
Not a shop - has a page on the Dufftown.net website - provides repairs and spares - assisted Whisky Cyclist in 2014 when stranded in Craigellachie with damaged tyre.
Bikespokes Forres 07801 365710 @
Van based mobile servicing & repairs - normally 25 miles radius from Forres, but will travel further for an extra charge
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Caperdonich Distillery are available on Flickr.