It was my 1st encounter with a single malt from this distillery… and I have to admit up front, it impressed us.
Fettercairn 21 Year (May 2018) 48.6% Batch 3, 669 Bottles
- Nose – Greeted us with a sherry spice, sour plums, chilli chocolate, vanilla cream, an indulgent desert, salty caramel… a bit savoury too, think peanut brittle, caramel custard
- Palate – Dry hay, overripe fruits, tobacco leaf, well rounded, substance, well done toast
- Finish – Burnt caramel, bitter roasted almond… lovely and long
This was no light dram, instead we found this one had terrific “oomph!” and character…
We returned after some time and discovered a sharp cheese, grassy and distinctive.
And what do the folks over at That Boutique-y Whisky Company have to say?
Fettercairn (the town) is home to Fettercairn (the distillery), and it has been since 1824. They use an inventive method of making a lighter style of spirit – when they’re collecting the middle cut, the run cool water (not the fragrance) along the outside of the still’s neck, which increases reflux, resulting in a lighter spirit. Science in action. The chaps on the label of our Fettercairn appear to be judging cairns. Looks like one of them likes the larger one.
- Nose: Yellow plum, pear, warm gingerbread, honeyed barley, a little cut grass underneath
- Palate: Bramley apple, sweet custard and fresh oranges. Winter spice, hazelnuts and a little toffee.
- Finish: A hint of raspberries is present in a good-length finish.
Depending on where you acquire it (if still available), a 50 cl bottle would set you back approximately £58.
I was very amused when saw their label – we definitely concurred with pronouncing this our favourite for the evening!
What other That Boutique-y Whisky Company samples did we try?
- Dailuaine 15 year (May 2018) 47.5% Batch 2
- Glenlossie 17 Year (May 2018) 48.4% Batch 3
- Strathmill 21 Year (June 2018) 47.7% Batch 6
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