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Fettercairn Relaunches With Four New Single Malts


6th August 2018
Fettercairn relaunches with a 12, 28, 40 and 50 year old expression.

New Fettercairn whisky range.

Fettercairn Distillery owners Whyte & Mackay has announced that they are relaunching the Fettercairn single malt with the release of four new single malt whiskies.

The no age statement Fettercairn Fasque and Fior which were released back in 2010 are now discontinued and have been replaced by the new Fettercairn 12 Year Old priced at £48 RSP, followed by quite a step up in years to the Fettercairn 28 Year Old priced at £500 RSP; then the Fettercairn 40 Year Old priced at £3000 RSP and sitting at the top of the new range is the Fettercairn 50 Year Old which will retail at RSP £10,000.

The distillery tells me that the new Fettercairn range boasts a house style of tropical fruits, soft spice and sweetness - showcased in melon, pineapple, banana, clove, ginger, treacle, toffee and caramel.

Each whisky in the new range begins its life in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels with the 12 and 28 Year Old expressions resting here until maturity, while the 40 Year Old features a finish in an Apostoles Sherry Cask (no. 6) and the 50 Year Old has been finished in a Tawny Port Pipe (no.1). The distillery tells me that the progression of age and finishing is designed to take drinkers on a journey of elegant, tropical fruit flavour intensity.

Fettercairn 12, 28, 40 and 50 Year Old.

The distillery itself is located in the picturesque village of Fettercairn at the foothills of Scotlandís Cairngorm Mountains and is known for its use of a rather ingenious and practical method in its distillation process which is different to most other distilleries in Scotland. This unusual method came about back in the mid-1950s when the whisky-makers at Fettercairn experimented with production, seeking ways to create a purer expression of their spirit, this lead to the addition of a copper purifying cooling ring around the neck of the spirit stills.

Spirit stills, 1st left and 3rd from left with copper purifying cooling rings on the neck of the stills.

These purifying cooling rings release water which flows externally down the neck of the spirit stills and the cooling effect of this water increases reflux and ester formation, which leads to a lighter, fruitier style of new make spirit while at the same time reducing the heavy oily and sulphury notes.

New Fettercairn whisky logo.Accompanying the launch of the new Fettercairn range is a refreshed brand logo to hero the Ramsay Clan unicorn and nod to the copper cooling ring, while each new expression is presented in stylish new bottle and pack designs that feature oxidised copper. The 40 Year Old and 50 Year Old are presented in hand-crafted wooden presentation boxes to reflect their value and prestige.

Speaking about the announcement, Distillery Manager Stewart Walker commented, "Fettercairn is simply a beautiful distillery with a treasure trove of aged and rare stocks. Iíve worked here since 1990 and most of the team that started with me then are still on this journey with me today. Itís a pleasure crafting Fettercairn Single Malt together and we are immensely excited to finally share our exceptional whiskies with enthusiasts the world over."

I haven't had the chance to taste any of the new Fettercairn range so I cannot comment on its quality but from past experience it is a single malt that does benefit from a long time in the cask to lose its youthfulness and blossom and perhaps this is indicated in the fact that after the Fettercairn 12 the age jumps to the 28, 40 and 50 year old although I hear that there is more expressions planned to narrow the gap between the 12 and 28 year old.

I will certainly update you if I get the chance to taste the new Fettercairn whisky range but meanwhile I have posted the official tasting notes below to wet your appetite.

The new Fettercairn whisky range will be appearing on the shelves of the whisky shops from this month and you will soon find it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Fettercairn 12 Year Old Review


Bottled at 40% ABV. Aged in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Sunlight and amber honey.

Nose: Vanilla, pear and soft spices.

Taste: Refreshing nectarine, tropical fruit and roasted coffee.

Finish: Memorable flavours of sultanas and black toffee.
 

Fettercairn 28 Year Old Review


Bottled at 42% ABV. Aged in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels for 28 years.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Deep shimmering gold in colour.

Nose: Initial bursts of pineapple and melon on the nose before giving way to treacle and banana, and hints of warm ginger and liquorice.

Taste: Opens up to citrus peel and black pepper on first taste, followed by tempered walnuts, coffee, apricot, and a touch of sweet balsamic
 

Fettercairn 40 Year Old Review


Bottled at 48.9% ABV. Distilled on 23rd December 1977 and laid to rest in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels with a finish in an Apostoles Sherry Cask No.6. his forty-year old expression is non chill-filtered with no added colour.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Dazzling amber highlights.

Nose: On first nose, honey, molasses, and ginger, then overtaken by toffee apple, thick treacle, and sherry.

Taste: Liquorice and balsamic vinegar, are balanced with citrus, toffee and raisin for a glorious finish of soft spice and tropical fruits.
 

Fettercairn 50 Year Old Review


Bottled at 47.9% ABV. Distilled on 11th June 1966 and laid to rest in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels with a finish in Tawny Port Pipe (Cask No1). This fifty-year old expression is non chill-filtered with no added colour.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Showcases a dark and rich colour, like the night enlivened with stars.

Nose: Enticing aromas begin the drinking experience with ginger, spices, citrus peel, and apple; preceded by nuances of Morello cherry, over-ripe plums, and blackcurrant. A whisper of coconut and a hint of pineapple provide an unforgettable close.

Taste: To taste warm spiced citrus, ground coffee, and toffee apple, give way to rich notes of port wine and sweet almond; burnt caramel and soft chewy liquorice notes round out this timeless treasure.
 

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