I believe Fettercairn did job upgrading itself in August 2018, producing new curiosity amongst whisky fans. The core vary Fettercairn 12 12 months outdated and a few of the Warehouse 2 batches are properly balanced drams.
Then again I’m nonetheless a bit cautious when unbiased bottlings. They usually have a unusual facet, similar to the outdated core vary bottlings actually. Right now we’re investigating a 2009 from Liquid Treasures and a 2011 by Finest Dram.
Fettercairn 12 yo 2009 (53,7%, Liquid Treasures ‘Winter Version’ 2021, refill sherry, 132 btl.)
Nostril: a number of pencil shavings up entrance, in addition to freshly opened packs of matchsticks. Nonetheless fairly brilliant and clear. Candy mustard, inexperienced leaves and hints of espresso beans. Birchwood. Funnily there are hardly any traditional sherry notes like dried fruits. It stays pretty brilliant, with hints of candy lemon and honeydew within the background.
Mouth: plenty of white pepper now, with fruit eau-de-vie, apple seeds and a vegetal facet. Some grassy notes, with leathery dryness and a few pungent mustard notes once more. Inexperienced and leafy, with echoes of cardboard and hardly any fruits. A faint salty edge as nicely, perhaps Fino or Manzanilla?
End: medium, some zesty citrus now. Nonetheless apple piths. A late trace of caramel sweetness seems.
A reasonably unconventional Fettercairn, with a barely austere facet and an unusual mixture of flavours. Not a crowd-pleaser – it could have been academic to get some details about the sherry cask. Bought out at eSpirits however nonetheless out there from a number of companions.
Fettercairn 10 yo 2011 (54,6%, Finest Dram 2022, first fill bourbon barrel #800355, 220 btl.)
Nostril: a lot cleaner, with a extra traditional mixture of fruits (lemons, oranges, unripe bananas), gentle vanilla and a good oaky kick. Then a bit white pepper, in addition to some inexperienced twigs and hints of ferns. Barley water and freshly crushed mint leaves too.
Mouth: a pleasant oily texture with candy maltiness, lemon sweet, grapefruit peels, vanilla custard and icing sugar. Orchard fruits. Then white pepper units in. Additionally cookie dough, nougat and combined nuts in the direction of the tip.
End: lengthy, with candy barley, stronger wooden spice and creamy vanilla.
Whereas the Liquid Treasures releases was a bolder and extra attention-grabbing alternative, this affords extra easy pleasures. It’s instance of contemporary, brilliant, trendy whisky. Nonetheless available within the German market. Rating: 85/100