Fettercairn 12 Years Old

Fettercairn 12 Years Old


What they say

Aged 12 years in American White Oak ex-Bourbon casks

Official tasting notes

  • COLOUR Sunlight and amber honey
  • TASTE Vanilla and pear, with soft spices
  • FINISH Refreshing nectarine and tropical fruit, with subtle roasted coffee, clove, and ginger. A memorable finish of sultanas and black toffee

What I say

Following Fettercairn New Make Spirit, I revisited their entry level/youngest age statement expression. The wholly ex-American white oak Bourbon cask matured 12 Year Old.

  • ABV 40%
  • Age 12 Years Old
  • Bottler Whyte & Mackay
  • Bottling Official
  • Cask Bourbon Cask
  • Category Highland single malt whisky
  • Cost £40
  • Origin Fettercairn Distillery
  • Outturn n/a
  • Region Highland
  • Released 2021
  • Vintage undeclared

My tasting notes

  • Appearance Full amber gold (10/20), oily, medium-tears and medium legs.
  • Nose Elements of the new make present including a reduced biscuity cereal barley note, some soft hazelnut puree, soft florals, green fruits, a little leafy green tea, green apple, soft vanilla sponge and creamy coffee.
  • Taste Light-medium bodied, creamy vanilla, caramel, soft fruits, fruit cocktail, matcha green tea, Jamaican ginger cake, caramelised cinnamon sticks, woody and herbal.
  • Finish Medium, creamy, sweet, ovaltine and cinnamon, becomes drier and spicier.
  • Overall Relatively easy going, everything is quite soft and smooth initially. There is that characteristic leafy green note to Fettercairn that seems much more integrated here than I remember previously, gets a little too spicy and drying at the end for me.

Score 80/100

Available from Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange

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