Peated Single Malt
Fettercairn // Highlands, Scotland
Though they've been around off and on since 1824, Fettercairn is rather unknown to even ardent whisky fans. This bottling was released in the summer of 2010 as part of a re-branding effort by their new owners. Fior, Gaelic for "true" or "pure", is a no-age statement release and is a blending of a small (15%) amount of young, heavily-peated whisky and older (14 & 15 year old), more traditionally made whisky. It is aged in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and bottled at 84 proof.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask Typefirst-fill bourbon
"Heavier darker tones are in play here with malt, dark honey, and some black tea. Apples come through on the palate along with a little dark chocolate, and a faint hint of peat smoke. You're left with a slight slickness on the finish, but here's where the peat makes the most impact. That said, it is light when compared to an Islay whisky and more on par with an Oban. "