Fettercairn is situated in the Eastern Highlands in the village of Fettercairn, not far from Glencadam, and is a love it or hate it affair. The whisky writer Jim Murray famously gave the previous standard bottlings from this distillery a very hard time in his whisky bible. He hasnít scored this one but this is a vast improvement on previous bottlings. Fior means pure or true in Gaelic, and this expression contains a significant amount of 14 and 15 year old spirit, plus 15% of a heavily-peated five year old whisky matured in first fill bourbon casks. If youíre feeling rich, try one of their 24, 30 or 40 year old expressions. The latter particularly is a stunner!
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Caramel, stewed fruits, heavy yet clean and grapey. Gingery and sweet. Earthy. A squeeze of lime.
Palate: Light and sherried at first then the earthiness. Candied fruit, dark chocolate, orange and toffee.
Retails for around £40