Fettercairn, the renowned Highland distillery, has recently unveiled its fourth annual limited edition release, the Fettercairn 16 Year Old. This exquisite single malt, aged for 16 years, boasts a unique finishing touch with two years in ex-tawny Port pipes from Portugal's Douro Valley after 14 years in ex-Bourbon casks.
With an ABV of 46.4%, this whisky offers a captivating aroma of tropical fruit complemented by hints of berry fruits, rich cacao, and sugared almonds. On the palate, you can expect a delightful interplay of blackberries and raspberries, accompanied by notes of plum, ginger cake, cherry, and the warmth of aged oak spice.
The inspiration for this remarkable release came from Fettercairn's own garden, where blackberries and raspberries flourish. Distillery manager Stewart Walker aimed to blend these fruity notes with the distillery's distinctive 'tropical fruit' house style.
This release marks a significant departure for the brand, as it exclusively focuses on using Port pipes instead of the combination of Port and Sherry used in previous releases. Limited to just 24,000 bottles worldwide, the 16-year-old Fettercairn single malt will be available starting September, priced at £82 (US$103) for a 700ml bottle. A one-liter version will also be offered in select markets, including travel retail.
Fettercairn's annual maturation series is designed for whisky enthusiasts who are curious about unique and flavorful expressions. The distillery, nestled at the foothills of the Cairngorm mountains, introduced its first limited edition whisky in 2020, featuring chocolate malted barley and a combination of American white oak ex-Bourbon casks, Sherry, and Port casks.
In 2021, the release was matured in first-fill and refill oloroso Sherry and Palo Cortado Sherry butts, while the previous year's offering combined oloroso, Pedro Ximénez Sherry, and ex-Bourbon casks.
Besides its limited editions, Fettercairn also offers a range of aged whiskies, including 40, 46, and 50-year-old expressions, alongside its core range of exceptional whiskies.
Emperador, operating under its Whyte & Mackay arm, oversees Fettercairn and three other single malt distilleries. Next year, Fettercairn will celebrate its 200th anniversary, marking two centuries of crafting exceptional Highland whisky.
About Fettercairn Distillery
Fettercairn is a charming village located in the northeastern part of Scotland, nestled within the stunning landscapes of Aberdeenshire. This picturesque village is renowned for its natural beauty and historic significance, making it a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike.
One of the most notable features of Fettercairn is its proximity to the Cairngorms National Park, one of Scotland's most spectacular natural reserves. The village serves as an excellent base for outdoor enthusiasts, offering easy access to hiking trails, cycling routes, and wildlife spotting opportunities in the surrounding hills and forests. The Cairngorms provide a playground for those who enjoy activities like hillwalking, mountain biking, and birdwatching.
Fettercairn is also steeped in history, with its roots dating back to at least the 13th century. The village boasts a rich historical heritage, evident in its well-preserved architecture and landmarks. Fettercairn's most famous attraction is its grand Fettercairn Distillery, which has been producing fine Scotch whisky since 1824. The distillery offers tours, allowing visitors to learn about the whisky-making process and sample some of their exceptional spirits.
The village center is adorned with elegant stone buildings and a charming square, which creates a delightful atmosphere for leisurely strolls. In the heart of Fettercairn, you'll find the Fettercairn Arch, an iconic structure built to commemorate a visit by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1861. This arch serves as a reminder of the village's royal connection and adds to its historical allure.
Fettercairn's welcoming community and serene ambiance make it a wonderful place to explore and unwind. Whether you're interested in outdoor adventures, whisky tasting, or simply immersing yourself in Scotland's history and culture, Fettercairn has something to offer every traveler. It's a hidden gem in Aberdeenshire that captures the essence of Scotland's natural beauty and heritage.