Fettercairn 12 Years Old 2009 Rye Cask

Fettercairn 12 Years Old 2009 Rye Cask (Sample)


What they say

A single Rye cask sample from the 2009 parcel used in the construction of Warehouse 2 Batch No.002 reduced to 48.5% ABV for comparison.

What I say

The second instalment of Fettercairn’s Warehouse special edition series also hails from Warehouse No.2. This time Greg explained they discovered a parcel of Fettercairn maturing in ex-Rye casks, distilled in 2009 making these around 12 years old. To balance the spiciness of the Rye a similar parcel from 2009 matured in ex-Bourbon casks were used to add lightness and sweetness and temper the spice, after playing around with the marriage ratios a final balance of 38% Rye cask to 62 % Bourbon cask -matured spirit was used to produce the final expression. This cask sample was drawn from one of the 2009 Rye casks and diluted to 48.%% ABV to match the final expression

  • ABV 48.5%
  • Age 12 Years Old
  • Bottler Whyte & Mackay
  • Bottling Official, sample
  • Cask Rye Cask
  • Category Highland single malt whisky
  • Cost n/a
  • Origin Fettercairn Distillery
  • Outturn n/a
  • Region Highland
  • Released 2021
  • Vintage 2009

My tasting notes

  • Appearance White wine gold (4/20), fine tears and thin legs.
  • Nose Soft rye bread spices, ginger nut biscuits, sugary and fruity, tropical fruit, coconut, apple and pineapple, guava and mango, vanilla, grassy and fresh, herbal, eucalyptus and mint, green apple peels, cedar wood and maple syrup.
  • Taste Sugary, spirity and spiced, liqourice root and aniseed, golden syrup, apple, cinnamon gobstoppers / fireballs, slightly sour? soft lime, nutmeg, mace, clove even, sweeter woodier herbs like thyme too.
  • Finish Short and sweet, woody herbs persist.
  • Overall Soft and gentle rye spices, much less sweet and more vaporous and spirit, perhaps displays more tropical fruit nature from the distillate.

Score 82/100

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