Whisky Focus - Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.002 Review

Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.002 Review


20th June 2021
Fettercairn announce the release of the 2nd instalment of their Warehouse Collection, Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.002, a combination of 38% First Fill ex-American Rye barrels and 62% First Fill ex-Bourbon barrels, and it is outstanding.

Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch 2Fettercairn Distillery this week unveiled the second instalment of their small batch Warehouse Collection which they launched last year, namely the Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.002.

The Warehouse Collection aims to showcase the treasures maturing in Fettercairn Distillery's 14 dunnage warehouses (Spoiler: and Batch 2 does just that)

Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.002 is a vatting of 29 casks from Warehouse 2 which were hand selected by Whyte & Mackay's whisky maker Gregg Glass, and to entertain us whisky fans and show us yet another side to Fettercairn Gregg has gone for a very different selection of contributing cask types for Warehouse 2 Batch 2, no sherry or port casks in this release as we had in the inaugural Batch 1.

The contributing 29 casks for Batch No.002 were all laid down in 2009 in Warehouse 2 where high humidity combined with a relatively cool and temperate environment makes its mark on the maturing spirit. Batch No.002 is a combination of 38% First Fill ex-American Rye barrels and 62% First Fill ex-Bourbon barrels which has produced 6000 bottles that have been bottled at a flavoursome 48.5% ABV, non chill-filtered and naturally coloured.

The Warehouse Collection celebrates the talent, passion and commitment of the distillery team, coupled with the vision of the Master Whisky Maker in seeking unusual and interesting casks to craft these small batch releases.

Gregg Glass, whisky maker, Whyte and Mackay said: "We were overwhelmed by the response to our first small batch release. This second release takes us on a deep dive into further exploration of the unique Fettercairn flavour, as we have bottled spirit matured in ex American Rye barrels, allowing us to show a more experimental side to our approach.

"I never cease to be inspired and enthralled by the diversity and quality of the amazing stock we have in our warehouses, and this itself creates a brilliant canvas to work from. The more I discover, the more excited I get about just what we can do as we continue to create exceptionally refined whiskies and offer something truly unexpected and different."

Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.002 has a RSP of 55 and will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.002 Review


William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sweet vanilla icing sugar, coconut, a little honey and toasted almond, a little pear, some distant lemon and pineapple and some lovely gentle spices loitering in the background.

Taste: A vanilla and honeyed sweet tropical fruit mix of lemon, pear, pineapple and mango fill the mouth, some delicious gentle spices start to build.

Finish: The spices peak, some lovely very gentle cinnamon, ginger and just a wee touch of liquorice, the tropical fruit mix fades slowly, the vanilla and sugars are gentle now but still hang in there to the end.

Comment: A delicious dram, this just shows how good a whisky can be when you have the pick of the warehouse to put it together and no sherry or wine casks were needed to add flavour or pleasure to this one. A fantastically constructed balance of First Fill ex-American Rye barrels and First Fill ex-Bourbon barrels.

When they relaunched the Fettercairn range back in 2018 they really did transform it and it is very clear that they now have their quite unique distillation method spot on these days and this combined with the good quality of casks they are using simply bodes well for the future and what we are going to see from Fettercairn.

Here is hoping they have a lot more First Fill ex-American Rye barrels and First Fill ex-Bourbon barrels maturing in the dunnage warehouses up at Fettercairn meanwhile this release has inspired me to revisit some of the Fettercairn range so watch this space as I will post reviews of the Fettercairn 12, 16 and 28 year old next week as I have a bottle of each tucked away in the cupboard, so watch this space but meanwhile it is a big thumbs up from me for the Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.002.

SMW Whisky Score 93/100
 

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