Fettercairn

Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.001

Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.001

  • ABV: 49.7%
  • Age: 11 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB, Warehouse 2 Batch No.001
  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £55
  • Origin: Fettercairn distillery
  • Vintage: 2010
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What they say

Fettercairn Distillery embarks on an exciting new journey, with the launch of its first ever collection of small batch single malt whiskies.  The Warehouse Collection pays homage to the places where Fettercairn comes of age, the 14 dunnage warehouses which boast incredible scarce treasures in the form of maturing stock.

Limited to 3,600 bottles, the first in the Collection, Warehouse 2 Batch No.001 brings together five different cask styles all filled back in 2010 and matured in Warehouse 2, where high humidity combined with a relatively cool and temperate environment makes it mark on the maturing spirit. 

This new release is testament to the guardianship of the distillery team, and the passion and drive of the whisky maker in exploring, uncovering and discovering some of the most awe-inspiring spirit the distillery has available to bottle.

Just as the spirit of discovery has guided the creation of Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.001, the desire to share the specific details of this discovery process with drinkers and fans has been paramount. By inviting drinkers on this journey, this is a release where nothing is hidden and the fullest transparency is front and centre on the bottle.

Whisky Maker, Gregg Glass said: “For some time, I’ve wanted to share the secrets and treasures which lie within our unique dunnage warehouses at Fettercairn.   We’ve had the opportunity to create something quite special with this new collection that celebrates the treasure trove of beautiful casks we have at Fettercairn. I’m looking forward to whisky drinkers discovering these for themselves. The collection means we can also continue to build on the long history of experimentation and exploration at Fettercairn, which sits firmly at the heart of the series, whilst also starting to reveal what might come next from the distillery.”

Bottled at a higher strength of 49.7% ABV to preserve the distillery character, Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No. 001 Has been crafted using hand selected first fill American and European oak casks; filled with spirit that flowed from the Fettercairn stills in 2010 and has since been maturing in Fettercairn Warehouse 2.  These casks each impart their own influence on the spirit and include unseasoned casks and sherry seasoned butts from Vasyma, sherry barrels from Tevasa, ex-bourbon barrels and Port Pipes.

Celebrating the distillery’s tropical style achieved from the distinctive copper cooling ring distillation process, Warehouse 2 Batch No. 001 promises an intriguing and rewarding experience.  Melon, pear and honey with vanilla and ginger thrill the nose whilst creamy coffee, grapefruit, spiced apple and cinnamon to satisfy the palate.

Fettercairn Warehouse 2, Batch No.001 will initially launch in the UK via The Whisky Shop from 1st March, at an RSP of £55.  Wider UK distribution will commence from mid-March and into other key markets including the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and France during March. The Collection’s 2nd release will continue the journey, with availability later in 2021.

What I say

Celebrating Fettercairns Warehouse No.2 which I had the pleasure of exploring during my visit their in 2019 . Similar to that experience wherein we sampled some of the single casks including a lovely 17 year old matured in ex-Matusalem sherry (similar to sister distillery Dalmore’s preference) which was paired with a tunnocks caramel wafer. Andrew (Lennie, Fettercairn’s Brand Ambassador) wanted to deliver a flavour pairing/taste sensation again with this new release. A select group including the original visitors from 2019 were invited to a pre-release sampling of Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch 001 along with a handmade Tropical Fruit Chutney and biscuits designed by Fettercairn’s Head Brewer Bruce Aitken.

This post was sponsored by Fettercairn by provision of a sample of this product.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: orange amber gold (10/20), slow, medium-fine tears and medium legs.
  • Nose: Fruity, tangerine, peach, pear, pineapple, rhubarb, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, yeasty/beer and oak wood.
  • Taste: Light-medium bodied, creamy and fruity, biscuity malt, tropical fruits, tangerine, pineapple, rhubarb, join apple & blackcurrant, woody oak, cinnamon, vanilla, white and cayenne pepper, cinnamon bun spiced latte coffee, following the taste pairing which highlighted the fruit and biscuity notes the wood spices were more accentuated becoming similar to chai-spiced tea.
  • Finish: Medium, honey sweetened fruits and peppery oak spice persist.

Overall

A mixture of tropical fruit and spiced coffee from this melange of casks. Complex and refreshingly light on the palate true to Fettercairn’s spirit.

Score 85/100

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