Fettercairn Distillery

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On Monday 3rd December we all met up for a little treat by way of a whisky tasting… we were about to sample some whiskies from the Fettercairn distillery.

These were as follows:

Fettercairn 12 Year Old – 40%

Fettercairn 28 Year Old – 42%

Fettercairn 40 Year Old – 48.9%

Fettercairn 50 Year Old – 47.9%

First to try was the 12 year old, this was aged in American white oak ex-bourbon casks. On the nose, a lot of sweet notes, butter and honey, cinnamon, hot chocolate powder before milk is added. Really quite fragrant. And the palate? This was sweet with a twist of orange. A sip of black tea. Slightly drying.

We then moved on to the 28 year old, again, this was aged in American white oak ex-bourbon casks. The nose was milk chocolate, apples, spices. The palate was warming spices, slight nip of heat. Caramel and slightly waxy feel.

Then we eased our way into the 40 year old… this was distilled on the 23rd December 1977 so I was just turning 7 years old… aged in American oak ex-bourbon casks, this was finished in Apostoles Sherry Cask.

On the nose this was a large slice of fruit cake, sticky fruits. Dark sugar. Worn leather notes coming through too. Not overly sweet. Quite enjoying nosing this… it’s taste was quite a mouthful eh?

A touch of wood and a bit of tobacco… getting that strong black tea flavour again. Black cherry? Slightly drying.

To finish the evening we moved onto the 50 year old. This was distilled on the 11th June 1966, cannot for the life of me think why 1966 is so significant? This was finished in a Tawny Port Pipe cask. This bottle is just shy of £10,000.00, so I really hope that no one spilled their sample!! The nose was maraschino cherries, dark sugar, an old study with a comfy leather chair… sweet bitter dark chocolate and honestly, I added “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to sit with this… thank you!” as this was like an early birthday treat for me”.

On the palate, black cherry again, maybe some blackberry jam… a little liquorice. Warming spices on the back of the tongue and a lovely warmth as you swallow.

I think I am a little torn between the 40 and 50 year old whiskies and I will say that though I am unable to afford these, that they probably sat within the flavour profiles that I enjoy in a whisky. Those drams I can pour and let open as the aromas start to tease me…

Huge thanks to Fettercairn distillery, Steve and Daryl Haldane for this opportunity…


  1. 1966 was the year Fettercairn Stillhouse got an upgrade from two stills to four stills and my father Andy Brandie started in the warehouses that year , so he probably did his bit for the 50year old Fettercairn Dram .


    1. Andrew William Brandie please get in touch with me, I read you comment on another blog regarding Peter Cromar… I don’t have a solution but I do have clues about his connection to Glencoe.


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