Whisky Focus - Fettercairn 200th Anniversary Collection - Only 10 Sets Available

Fettercairn 200th Anniversary Collection - Only 10 Sets Available


4th June 2024
Highland distillery Fettercairn has unveiled the Fettercairn 200th Anniversary Collection, a rare set of of 6 single malt whiskies of which there are only 10 sets available worldwide.

Highland Distillery Fettercairn has announced the release of the Fettercairn 200th Anniversary Collection’ to commemorate their bicentenary, with only 10 sets available worldwide.

The ‘Fettercairn 200th Anniversary Collection’ includes six bottles of Single Malt, ranging from a very rare 60 Year Old to a 3 Year Old. Together, the full set has a combined age of 200 years. The whiskies are presented in a stunning, custom-made, hand-crafted Scottish Oak display cabinet, making it a true collector’s piece.

This special collection and exquisite cabinet celebrate Fettercairn’s two centuries of innovative whisky making, embodying the distillery’s ethos of asking ‘what if’ and doing things differently.

In 1824, Fettercairn’s founder Sir Alexander Ramsey asked ‘what if’ illegal distillation could be transformed into an opportunity for jobs and commerce. He campaigned for the licensing of Scotch Whisky distillation and was one of the first to apply for a license, leading to the opening of Fettercairn distillery.

This philosophy of ‘purposeful invention’ has continued over the past 200 years. Fettercairn’s famous copper cooling ring was an innovation by former distillery manager Alistair Menzies, who asked ‘what if’ there was a way to create a lighter spirit. To this day, Fettercairn’s unique tropical house style is achieved by drenching the stills in fresh mountain water.

Looking towards the future, master whisky maker Gregg Glass asked ‘what if’ fallen Scottish oak trees could be used in production, resulting in the multi-award-winning Scottish Oak Programme. Distillery manager Stewart Walker led the development of the Fettercairn 200 Club, which sources 100% local barley from within a 50-mile radius, an industry first, in response to asking ‘what if’ only local materials were used.

The 200th Anniversary Collection exemplifies Fettercairn’s curiosity through the ages, with each of the six bottles marking important distillery milestones.

The Fettercairn 60 Year Old is the oldest release from Fettercairn to date. The year 1964 also marks the birth of distillery manager Stewart Walker, who embodies the ‘what if’ attitude.

The Fettercairn 49 Year Old from 1973 commemorates the building of the last dunnage warehouse at Fettercairn, and is said to symbolise the distillery’s confidence and longevity during a time of industry downsizing.

The Fettercairn 35 Year Old from 1988 marks the retirement of Douglas Cooper, Fettercairn’s longest-serving distillery manager, who contributed to the creation of the copper cooling ring.

The Fettercairn 28 Year Old from 1995, a passion project of Gregg Glass, is said to embody his philosophy of cask selection for creating a spirit of true distinction. He has personally overseen this whisky, nurturing it to achieve the desired flavour.

The Fettercairn 25 Year Old from 1998 is described as a balanced representation of Fettercairn’s tropical house style, aged in ex-cognac casks, showcasing the potential of this style.

The Fettercairn 3 Year Old from 2021 marks the launch of the Scottish Oak Programme, aiming to create a circular economy using locally grown Scottish Oak. This project included planting the Fettercairn Forest, which will allow future generations to enjoy whisky matured in casks made from trees grown near the distillery.

The beautiful cabinet housing this collection is made from Scottish Oak, with brass, copper, and patina touches reflecting the distillery’s trademark cooling ring. Each bespoke bottle rests on an individual coaster depicting its tasting notes.

Famed maker John Galvin has built the ten cabinets over two years. The design reflects the natural beauty of Fettercairn in rural Aberdeenshire, inspired by the tree canopy and dappled light. Each cabinet, although unified in design and signed by Master Whisky Maker Gregg Glass, is unique due to the natural wood used.

Gregg Glass, master whisky maker at Fettercairn said: "At Fettercairn, for Stewart, Bruce, and everyone at the Distillery, we recognise the importance of what came before through 200 years of whisky making here. However, it is the work we are doing today, that will ensure we have 200 years to come of fantastic whisky making. In fact in this collection, we have hand-selected casks to mark key moments in our past and our future. The Fettercairn 60 year old is incredible, and a marker of the care that was taken here to nurture this whisky whilst it lay resting in our warehouse. The Fettercairn 3 year old – Scottish Oak – is marker not only of the cask, but a reminder too of the type of whisky making we do here – hands-on as makers from acorn, to cask, to glass. This collection captures the spirit of all of us at Fettercairn – and that is why we are particularly proud of it."

Stewart Walker, distillery manager at Fettercairn added: "At Fettercairn, we are constantly curious, looking for new or different ways to make things work. That has always been the way and that attitude has very naturally been passed down over the years. We see imagination as possibility and something to nurture and I believe that shines through in our whisky.

"To lead Fettercairn into their 200th year feels like a rare gift and a privilege. The Fettercairn 200th Anniversary Collection has been a joy to create alongside Gregg and my wider team. I have loved going through our treasure trove of casks to find just the right whiskies to mark this momentous occasion and reliving the stories that come with each special bottle."

Just ten sets of The Fettercairn 200th Anniversary Collection will be available from September 2024 and as I am sure you can guess you will need a deep pocket if you you want to get your hands on such a rare set, it will have a price tag of £100,000. The sets will be available in select key locations around the world, including Taiwan, Singapore, UK, France and Canada.

If your whisky budget doesn't stretch to £100,000 not to worry Fettercairn offers some outstanding whiskies in their core range which you will find available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

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