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About 5 years ago Fettercairn repositioned the brand as (self proclaimed) premium and in fairness it is well presented. This is my first Fettercairn expression but that’s not surprising considering 95% of the spirit produced goes into Whyte & Mackay blends.
Bottled at 42% and the colour is dark amber.
The nose is earthy, dried leather, a faint whiff of smoke, coffee dark sherried fruits underlie a vegetative peatiness.
In the mouth you get a classy soft mouthfeel. Buttery and fruity. Dates and chocolate, smoke is there but not over-powering. The oak comes through later and it is really well balanced.
The finish is shorter than I would have liked but that's only because it is so nice. Sweetness and liquorice linger and it makes you want more.
Water adds to the smoothness but at 42% its well balanced already so to my mind is unnecessary.
For the price this is a banging drop. Great flavours, interesting, well balanced and well made. Good work Fettercairn, more please.