Fettercairn 12 Year
Fettercairn // Highlands, Scotland
Fettercairn was founded in 1824 by Sir Alexander Ramsay and named for the village in which it resides. Rarely bottled as a single malt, owners Whyte & Mackay released four marques in summer 2018 including this bottling. Aged for 12 years in American oak ex-bourbon barrels. A unicorn (the Ramsay clan seal) with a copper ring adorns the bottle. The latter refers to the unique cooling ring Fettercairn introduced in the 1950s. Water drenches the stills, cooling the copper and increasing condensation so only the lighter vapors rise.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask TypeAmerican oak ex-bourbon
"Initially very sweet with notes of marzipan and bubblegum paving the way for apricot, caramel and vanilla custard. A touch of oak shavings, but very subtle. The palate is fairly creamy and surprisingly spicy (clove and pepper), with a hint of breakfast cereal. There's some bitter orange peel, as well as charred oak and vanilla. Not bad, but not very moreish either."