Fettercairn

Distillery Bottlings

Posted 07 February 2018

There’s a common assumption that, unlike wine, whisky doesn’t change once bottled. But, if you’ve ever sampled a bottle that’s been opened for a long period of time (especially if the liquid level is quite low in the bottle), you’ll know that this is not the whole story. Oxidisation, will have an effect on your whisky. A completely sealed bottle which is still airtight, should remain entirely constant -  all other things (temperature and light exposure etc) being equal. However, if the closure is not perfect, and many degrade over time, then slow oxidisation of the liquid is entirely possible. This occurrence has been named ‘Old Bottle Effect’ or OBE.


Posted 28 August 2018

Fettercairn’s 30 year old comes from a single vintage – entirely from Spanish oloroso sherry butts laid down on the 25th October 1978. Botted at 43.3% ABV, the expression was part of the distillery’s Vintage Range released in 2009. 3,000 bottles were produced and sold, initially for a shy under £200. Over the years since, this price has unsurprisingly risen as the supply of bottles has dwindled – you’ll struggle to find any at retailers (at a price you’ll be prepared to pay). Likewise, there’s a premium for auctioned bottles - one sold on SWA last month for £300 (plus fees).


Posted 28 August 2018

Fettercairn’s 40 year old was the distillery’s oldest officially bottled expression until earlier this year when a £10,000 50 year old from 1966 was announced. The new Fettercairn range also includes a 40 year old (£3,000), which is somewhat similar to the previous ‘Vintage Range’ release from 2009 in that both the old and new expressions were matured in Apostoles palo cortado sherry casks from Gonzalez Byass in Spain. The previous Fettercairn 40 year old, distilled in March of 1969 formed a release of just 463 individually signed bottles delivered at 40% ABV.


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Boutique-y


Posted 11 December 2018

The 10th of December delivered a Boutique-y whisky I’ve been looking forward to trying in the form of Fettercairn 21 year old Batch 3. I recently joined an online tasting of the distillery’s new and revitalised core range (which I’ll be telling you all about towards the end of the month – it includes the single most expensive bottling I’ve reviewed to date), but found it strange that the decision has been made to jump from the introductory 12  year old, all the way up to a 28 year old at an eye-watering £500. As such, if you’re wanting to explore Fettercairn deeper, chances are you’re still looking to independent bottlers to help facilitate.


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