Fettercairn Distillery claims to be the second licensed distillery following the watershed Act of the preceding year. It was rebuilt after a fire in 1887 and then was silent from 1926 until the outbreak of World War II. During that period, it came close to being dismantled as a buyer could not be found.
Joseph Hobbs bought the distillery, Hobbs was the owner of other distilleries such as Bruichladdich and Lochside.
The distillery now belongs to Whyte & Mackay. There are 2 pairs of stills which have a water cooling arrangement on the necks to increase the amount of reflux that takes place.
Nose: Some Sherry notes with cereal and malt elements. A sweet nutty aroma develops.
Palate: Peppery with spicy elements – liquorice. Malty with a subtle chocolate sweetness.
Nose: Perfumed – violets, some Sherry fruitiness and a smoky, charred wood note.
Palate: Dry grass with hint of cedar wood. Some Sherry flavours evident.
Body: Light to medium.
Finish: Dry with a touch of oak.
Cask Type(s): Refill Sherry casks.
Whisky Style: Lighter style of Highland Malt – balanced.