Fettercairn 16 Years Old

Fettercairn 16 Years Old


Founded in 1825 by Sir Alexander Ramsay, Fettercairn's distillery was sold in 1830 to Sir John Gladstone, father of the British Prime Minister William Gladstone.
It changed hands a further three times in the 1900's, finally ending up in the hands of Whyte & Mackay. While mainly a contributor to blends, Fettercairn was relaunched in 2018 with renewed focus aimed at celebrating this great malt... so while you may not have heard of them, don't dismiss them! 
Fettercairn is known for running water across the outside of their stills, which cools the copper and increases condensation meaning only 'lighter' vapours rise up and over the neck.

Ever wondered why their bottles have Teal colours? Well, that's the colour of the area of copper still where the water has caused oxidation of the still!
Fettercairn's core range of whiskies change subtly every year. This, the 2021 release of 16 year old, is notable for its use of oloroso and palo cortado sherry casks for maturation. 

On the Nose

This whisky for me is very chocolate-forward! Luscious dark chocolate, with a splash of fresh Coffee, unsurprisingly then bringing mocha vibes to mind. The sweetness comes in the form of Caramel, with some interesting background notes of freeze-dried raspberries.

On the palate

This palate matches the nose, and more. The coffee and chocolate are still there, with some Cinnamon sprinkled over the top. Maybe some nutmeg hinting at making an appearance, and ripe red berries in the form of a sweet Strawberry Compote.


I really enjoyed this dram. It wasn't overly complex, but the flavours which were present were punchy and engaging. I'd definitely enjoy this as a bottle on my shelf!

Want to try it for yourself?

Why not try Fettercairn 16 for yourself? You can pick up a bottle online at any of the following retailers:
We received this whisky as part of our Whisky-Me subscription! It's a great way to try new whisky, without having to splash out on a full bottle. Interested? You can find out more by visiting the Whisky-Me website.
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