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A quintet of relatively loco little Fettercairns


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Hello, that is considered one of our (nearly) every day tastings. Santé!



Might 27, 2022


One other rising star. Nicely, it’s at Château Whiskyfun, a minimum of. Many indies are having some younger Fettercairn today, which I am discovering simply very cool because the make is something however boring.

Fettercairn 9 yo 2009/2018  (59.5%, WhiskyPeter, hogshead, 5 bottles)

Fettercairn 9 yo 2009/2018  (59.5%, WhiskyPeter, hogshead, 5 bottles) Four stars

A really tiny outturn right here nevertheless it’s true that we have already tried some whisky of which there was lower than half a litre in existence. However, it was a Malt Mill (would you please cease bragging, S.?) Color: pale white wine. Nostril: slightly scorching and actually all on butterscotch and maize syrup, nevertheless it’s true that we’re nearly at 60% vol. Pretty nougat and never a lot of Outdated Fettercairn’s normal wackiness. Water could change issues… With water: gingerbread and contemporary pumpernickel! Nicely, every kind of seeds and nuts, plus slightly mint. Mouth (neat): oh pretty! Wooden-smoked pears, pipe tobacco moistened with armagnac (responsible as charged) and extra nougat, with a dollop of lemon syrup. With water: pretty maltiness, as soon as once more rather less uncommon than different Fettercairns, with notes of blood oranges within the background. End: lengthy, cakier. Walnut cake and a touch of coconut. Feedback: I’ve tried another very younger Fettercairns that had been relatively extra ‘unready’ than this one. Now, the place are the opposite 245 bottles?

SGP:551 – 86 factors.

Fettercairn 11 yo 2007/2019 (55.7%, Infrequent Flyers, hogshead, cask #801506, 303 bottles)

Fettercairn 11 yo 2007/2019 (55.7%, Rare Flyers, hogshead, cask #801506, 303 bottles) Three stars and a half

I’ve at all times discovered this sequence intriguing, however I have never tried many. Whereas no pilot, driver or captain would ever drink anymore, it is cool to seek out their autos on whisky labels. No? Color: white wine. Nostril: textbook pure sooty/smoky first nosing, with an acetic and bitter growth that can’t not make us consider a well-known distillery in Campbeltown. Slightly earth and even compost. With water: certainly, leatherette, stearin, new 33rpm information, backyard peat and cigars. Mouth (neat): good. Pure Highland malt with one thing additional, particularly burnt butter, oils and waxes, plus some cracked pepper and cloves. That is the sort of unusualness that we had been anticipating. With water: will get in line. Marmalade and cake. End: relatively lengthy, saltier, slightly burnt and gamey ultimately. Dry aftertaste on cocoa powder, plus salt. Feedback: correct Fettercairns must be difficult and slightly onerous to comply with.

SGP:461 – 84 factors.

Fettercairn 14 yo 2006/2021 (52.9%, Single Cask Collection, 1st fill bourbon barrel, cask #107662, 189 bottles)

Fettercairn 14 yo 2006/2021 (52.9%, Single Cask Assortment, 1st fill bourbon barrel, cask #107662, 189 bottles) Three stars

From our pals in pretty Mozartland. I say their contribution to mankind can’t be overestimated – and I keep in mind properly that little Puch that I used to journey, many, many moons in the past. Color: straw. Nostril: powerful child at this level. Plastics and polishes, inexperienced apples, rhubarb, grass… Water ought to assist. With water: waxes are introduced in, some butter too. Not too certain… Mouth (neat): fairly good malt with a dry and oily base, plus some coconut and vanilla from the barrel which will really feel, to be trustworthy, slightly importune. Let’s dig deeper… With water: I believe I am unhealthy at dealing with these ones. For starters, it will appear that I simply can’t discover the correct quantity of water. Fettercairn is usually a actual ache within the neck! Appears that I’ve unleashed tons of plasticine, there. End: medium, relatively nicer, with some bitter fruitiness. Rounder, sweeter aftertaste. Feedback: maybe not a malt for management freaks. And undecided Fettercairn and 1st fill do tango very properly. There, that is only a private opinion.

SGP:551 – 80 factors.

Fettercairn 16 yo 2005/2021 (53.2%, Morisco Spirits, sherry cask, 72 bottles)

Fettercairn 16 yo 2005/2021 (53.2%, Morisco Spirits, sherry cask, 72 bottles) Three stars and a half

One other micro-bottling, however macro-spirits could also be present in micro-bottlings, exactly. Color: gold. Nostril: that is nearer to the officers, with extra fermenting fruits, rotting bananas, earths and roots, Madeira and mustard, even horseradish, leather-based, bay leaves… In brief, that is Fettercairn. With water: compost and damp earth, then contemporary concrete. Appropriately loco. Mouth (neat): impeccable chemical and rotten arrival, then lemon liqueurs and jelly infants. Tobacco. A struggle in your glass. With water: calms down however these chemical tones preserve looming within the again. End: relatively lengthy, jammier. Plastics and burnt herbs within the aftertaste. Feedback: certainly, loco Fettercairn. I insists, Fettercairn by no means will get boring.

SGP:562 – 83 factors.

I believe we’d like a well-aged conclusion.

Fettercairn 24 yo 1995/2021 (53%, Thompson Bros., refill hogshead, 20 bottles)

Fettercairn 24 yo 1995/2021 (53%, Thompson Bros., refill hogshead, 20 bottles)

One other tiny outturn! There’s an intriguing ‘Error 502’ point out on the label, so let’s proceed with warning… Color: golden inexperienced straw. Nostril: I do not know. Some rotting bananas, evading mangos, vanishing pears, some bizarre tobacco (Turkish?), some artisanal mead for certain… Nicely, litres of artisanal mead. And God is aware of that correct drinkable artisanal mead just isn’t simple to make (imagine me, I’ve tried). With water: previous butter, cider apples and almond paste. And artisanal mead. Mouth (neat): oh, no… That is too tough, fizzy, extraordinarily drying, we’re crunching some mocha beans. I believe the partaking brothers are pulling our leg this time. With water: higher for 3 seconds, then simply unimaginable. Haribo’s Tagada Strawberry gummies and crunching pipe tobacco. Pipe tobacco must be smoked, not eaten. End: medium, okay at first, then terribly drying. Feedback: good enjoyable with this one. To be poured to pals you would not wish to ever see once more. Dangerous gateway certainly, I believe I am going to want a bottle or three – however could I’ve a reduction?

SGP:462 – (unscorable) factors.

Extra Fettercairn fairly quickly…









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