Fettercairn 16 Year 1st Release 2020
Fettercairn // Highlands, Scotland
Fettercairn 16 Year was released as a core bottling for the Scotch whisky brand in June 2020. This 1st Release for 2020 features chocolate malted (heavily-kilned) barley and initial aging in first-fill American oak ex-bourbon barrels. Then the single malt is finished in sherry and port casks for its final two years of maturation. As the name suggests, this will be the first in a series of single malts at this age for the brand.
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 Typefirst-fill American oak ex-bourbon, finished in sherry and port casks
"The nose is slightly chalky with soft jammy fruits--plums and blueberries--while in the background there's gentle baking spices. Notes of (slightly burned) caramel syrup too, but also charred orange peel and toffee. The palate is sweet, oily and spicy. Touches of chocolate, tobacco and nutmeg, as well as cinnamon and cracked black pepper corns are also found. Whiffs of strong coffee and maple syrup are there too. A nice showing by Fettercairn, this 16-year-old displays an intriguing balance between all three cask types."