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Fettercairn 12 year old whisky review

Fettercairn distillery is located under the Grampian foothills in the Howe of Mearns in the region of Highland. Fettercairn is also the town’s name, loosely based on the phrase “the foot of the mountain”. The distillery is owned by Whyte & Mackay Distillers, like Dalmore and Jura.

This 12 year old single malt whisky aged in American White Oak Bourbon casks is part of their core range. Fettercairn hasn’t yet jumped into the bandwagon of NAS (non age stated) whisky releases. They probably have limited editions in the horizon but their core range starts from 12 year old single malt.

Tasting notes

I must admit, I can’t find much bad things to say about this whisky. It’s very mellow. I guess for me, that’s a bad thing to say. But overall, it’s just in the 80 point category which means good in my book.

So I like it, even though the lack of character is present. Fettercairn 12YO is not going to be my favorite, but I can still recommend it to everyone in need for a light, fruity whisky.

Matured in:
Ex-Bourbon casks
Colour: Amber
ABV: 40%
Nose: Toffee with hints of oak. Honey and vanilla comes in later, every aroma is quite subtle while trying to get some deeper notes via nosing glass.
Taste: Vanilla and fruits along with hints of spices. Some floral notes. Easy to drink yet needs more character.
Finish: Refreshing aftertaste that could be a bit longer. Tropical fruits combined with bitter tones, such as coffee or ginger. Oak influence is quite strong in the finish.
Balance: Light in every way, not going to be my go-to whisky in any situation but still a nice dram to have. Maybe a summer gift for whisky drinkers?

Fettercairn 12YO Scoring

Distillery: Fettercairn Region: Highland

Fettercairn 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky Review

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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