Fettercairn single malt has never experienced great popularity among whisky aficionados and truth is that Whyte & Mackay, the distillery owners, have been focused on marketing Dalmore and Jura brands while using Fettercairn for their blends.
In 2018 however the new range was introduced and that included four expressions – 12, 28, 40 and 50 years old. Fettercairn 28 years old comprises whisky aged in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at 42% abv. Fettercairn Distillery is located in the village of Fettercairn, close to Cairngorm Mountains, and was built by Alexander Ramsey in 1824. It is reckoned to be the second distillery to be licensed under Excise Act (the first one was Glenlivet). The distillery is equipped with two pairs of stills and produces 3.2 million liters of spirit per annum.
Nose: fresh and rich, lots of tropical fruits, oranges, mango, bananas, passion fruit, toffee, vanilla, candied ginger, licorice, hints of beeswax and oak.
Palate: rich, oranges, apricots, honey, vanilla, roasted chestnuts, raisins, banana bread, white pepper, hints of cinnamon and ginger and well integrated oak.
Finish: pretty long, with notes of citrus, vanilla, butterscotch, honey, candied lemon peel, pepper, ginger and oak.