Fettercairn 6 Year Old 2008 Hepburn’s Choice (46%, Langside Distillers, European Oak Quarter Cask Finish, 95 Bottles, 2015)
- Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Fettercairn Distillery
- Bottling: Langside; Hepburn’s Choice
- ABV: 46%
- Cost: £40.06
What they say:
6 year old Fettercairn single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Hepburn’s Choice range from Langside. Interestingly, this was matured in a European oak quarter cask – smaller than your run-of-the-mill hogshead cask, resulting in a greater surface area to volume, meaning more cask influence on the whisky. 94 bottles were produced.
What I say:
From Langside’s Hepburn’s Choice range; a collection of younger whiskies that usually display a good deal of distillery spirit character. On this occasion this 6 year old Fettercairn whisky had been ‘forced’ into a quicker maturation by racking into a smaller Quarter Cask (increasing surface area to volume ratio). Only 94 bottles were produced, though thankfully also available as 20cl allows you a cheaper option for trying some of this collection.
Bronze amber gold (8/20) large tears leave thick legs
Polish, furniture polish, solvent/acetone, fresh oak wood, sweet, vanilla, salt caramel, salted mixed nuts
Sweet and spiced cereal barley, a little freshly ground pepper, green oak wood, some vanilla and caramel round out this simple and direct flavoured whisky
Short, sweet lacquered wood
Drinkable, some pleasant light caramel and sugary notes with a saccharine veneer over fresh oak wood.
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