Fettercairn’s new entry-point single malt is a 12 year old matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks. Launched in August of 2018, it’s available from Master of Malt for £42.90.
Nose: Opening sweetly with light mango and pineapple tropicalness supported by orange juice, candy canes and golden syrup. There’s a vein of bakery running throughout – yeasty bread, hot cross buns and oatmeal. In the background, a scattering of florals – sunflower and honeysuckle.
Taste: The arrival is a touch thin at 40% but nicely fruit-driven with orange peels and dried apricots. These develop steadily into maltiness with chocolate digestive biscuits, porridge and barley corns. The mid to back palates focus on ex-bourbon led flavours of vanilla and toffee alongside dusty ginger and a touch of woody dryness.
Finish: Short with chocolate biscuits, malt, and white pepper.
The new Fettercairn’s 12 year old is a pleasant surprise – it’s characterful with something to say – combining defined fruitiness with a malty core. I can’t help but wonder what this might be like at 43% or even 46% - I’m entirely sure that the mouthfeel and delivery of flavour would be more precise and defined, but nevertheless as it stands, this is a tasty and competent whisky.