Founded in 1898 and closed just over a century later in 2002, Caperdonich is a topsy-turvy distillery notable for having been closed less than five years after it opened, and then successfully revived in the mid-Sixties after over sixty years of hibernation.
The two distilleries were even joined by a pipeline which carried the spirit (this was insisted upon by Customs and Excise). Enterprising locals were said to frequently make holes in the 'whisky pipe' and help themselves. However, the distillery was closed in 1902 and most of the equipment was taken across the road to Glen Grant for use as spares.
Reopened in 1965 by The Glenlivet and Glen Grant Distilleries Ltd, Caperdonich's production capacity was increased by the addition of two more stills in 1967. The latest technology was incorporated so that the distillery could be run by just two people.
In 1977 Caperdonich became part of Seagram's empire, which was then sold in 2000 to Pernod Ricard, who mothballed it in 2002. Almost all of its output is used in Seagram blends (Chivas Regal, Passport, Something Special and Queen Anne), but some independent bottlings have been released as a single malt.