Fettercairn Fasque (Official Bottling)

NAS, 42% ABV £40 for 70cl

Score 81/100

What they say:

Founded by Sir Alexander Ramsay in 1824 on his family’s Fasque Estate, Fettercairn is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. Staying true to their values, the Ramsay family provided fair employment for the people of the village in a time of illicit production. The Unicoirn: symbolising all that is pure and true was embraced by the Ramsay family as their crest. This noble beast today adorns every bottle of the Fettercairn single malt whisky as a seal of the purity within.

The name Fettercairn means ‘foot of the mountain’ and, surrounded by luscious green glens, the village lies in one of Scotland’s most fertile regions. Full of natural ingredients from ice clear Grampian mountain spring water to barley grown on the fertile soil. These are crafted and married to produce a highly distinctive single malt whisky. Crucial to this approach is our unique, ancient irrigator ring, which allows cascading water to flow over the neck of the spirit still. This means only the purest cut of the spirit is collected.

Colour:

Honey gold

Nose:

Treacle toffee, spices and pear

Taste:

Dark chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and nutmeg

Finish:

Rich vanilla and citrus fruits

What I say:

Purchased from Tesco on offer at £25 as I have only ever seen this at £40 plus on the shelves. Never tried anything before from Fettercairn so this was my first sampling of this distillery. From the nose at the outset this is a little special, almost bipolar in character you get whiffs of dark chocolate and sweet esters. The flavour and finish are perfectly balanced and very enjoyable.

Colour:

Amber gold

Nose:

Mocha [chocolate and coffee] with sweet esters like peach or over-ripe banana

Taste:

Molten chocolate [like 60% cocoa], sweet apples and pears with a little honey and toffee

Finish:

Gently warming and drying followed by a little mouth watering toffee and fudge flavours

Would I buy it again:

On offer, absolutely yes! This appeals to my inner chocoholic and has that totally moreish quality like good chocolate that leaves a bitter sweet aftertaste making you want to come back again for another taste. For all the bitterness inherent in the flavours the sweetness balances this out making it all super smooth and creamy and pleasant – like chocolate melting in your mouth. More please!