Welcome to day 8 of the 4th edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar. Today thanks to A.D. Rattray independent bottlers we get to try a distillery that is making it’s first appearance in any of our editions.
Situated in the Highlands under the Grampian foothills in the Howe of Mearns, Fettercairn is a distillery that was founded in 1824. It changed hands a few times firstly after the founder Alexander Ramsay lost his fortune and was forced to sell to the Gladstone family in 1829 and then finally becoming one of Whyte and Mackay’s many distilleries in 1973. Most of the production is used for Whyte and Mackay’s various blended Scotches but is also available in limited quantity under it’s own label.
A.D. Rattray Fettercairn 11 yo aged in a Bourbon Barrel cask number 107725 and bottled at the cask strength of 53.2% distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2017.
Colour: Light Gold (another lighter coloured whisky due to the American oak)
Nose: Caramel Apples at the fair covered in coconut sprinkles.
Palate: Granny smith and papaya (crazy combo) baked into a crumbly pie crust. Clean acidity adds to the apple and is why I think my palate went to the big green granny smith variety.
Finish: The 53.2% dances on the tongue but doesn’t get in the way of the fruit driven apple that goes all the way to the finish and beyond. The tropical note I picked up earlier gives way right at the death.
A great example of a fruity Highland malt. I love this style of whisky and am so happy that we could scratch a mark against this distillery as an inclusion in one of our calendars.
In the third edition on this day we had the delicious Malt Whisky Company Glenrothes 8 yo that you can revisit here.
Don’t forget to head over to Scotch Trooper to catch the crazy antics of those little white guys today.
Tomorrow we will be heading back to Wemyss Malts for another upgraded expression of one of their classic drams.
If you are new to our Scotch Whisky Advent Calendars we hope you are enjoying the journey so far. We always save a lot of goodies for closer to Christmas so enjoy these early drams and don’t be tempted to unwrap the rest before their big day.
Looking forward to having your company tomorrow.
Stay dramming always