Today I’ve got a distillery I haven’t reviewed before; Fettercairn. Now I hadn’t heard good things about Fettercairn, so wasn’t expecting huge things from this NAS bottling.
It’s owned by Whyte & Mackay, who also own Jura and Dalmore. This is perhaps the runt of that litter, not having a huge marketing effort like the others.
From 1995-2009 they also used steel condensers, and the style seems to lean towards a heavier character to the whisky. Although there isn’t a huge amount of info available, it seems that the spirit stills are also externally cooled by running cool water down the sides of the copper (You can see it here)… Interesting stuff and something I left out of my condenser article.
Fettercairn Fior 42%
Nose: Sweet and malty. Roasted nut, hazelnut, cashew nut, Sherry, raisin, pastry, vanilla, some spice and oak. Roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate coming out.
Taste: Sweet and gentle arrival, becoming very sweet with Sherry, raisin, pastry, vanilla, then much more bitter with burnt oak, green oak, building spice and tannins.
Finish: Medium length. Very bitter with dark chocolate and coffee.
Mature for NAS, despite that, it's a little disjointed and unbalanced on the taste.
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