As little as I know about Craigellachie (my last review), I know even less about Fettercairn. I this may be the first time I’ve tasted it. With that in mind, I will not allow my impression of this to bias me towards trying an OB in the future.
This expression is reviewed in my usual manner in a Highland whisky glass, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.
Rich, baking spices. Something sweet and something savoury. Green apple in the background. Decent nose.
Slightly spirity. The overwhelming flavour is vegetal. Coffee. Not really sure what is supposed to be going on here. Water dampens the vegetal notes a little. But it is no better.
Astringent on the finish. Slightly peppery.
The nose and the palate do not match. The flavour is unbalanced.
As I move through the samples in this set, I begin to lose hope….
As I mentioned above, Fettercairn may produce some good stuff, but it did not find its way into this batch.