Fettercairn 16 Year Old (2021)

Fettercairn 16 Year Old (2021)

Fettercairn 16 Year Old was introduced in 2020 as an annual series which showcases different maturation journeys. Two weeks ago the second release was announced. This is a combination of first fill + refill Oloroso and first fill aged Palo Cortado sherry butts (ex-solera then?) from a small, family-run bodega in Jerez.


Fettercairn 16 yo (46,4%, OB 2021, 2nd release, Oloroso + Palo Cortado sherry casks)

Nose: a fruity and fairly modern (wood-driven) sherry character. There’s stewed peach, banana, marmalade and honey as well as some golden raisins. With a drop of water some mango appears, as well as almonds and vanilla. A whiff of cedar wood in the background.

Mouth: quite a malty core, less fruity than the nose suggested. There’s apricot and lemon zest on one side but bigger nutty / spicy notes on the other side. Walnuts, nutmeg and liquorice. Ginger biscuits. Subtle bitter notes (wood, dark chocolate and espresso) with a very light salty edge.

Finish: medium, on ginger heat and salted caramel. More walnuts, nutmeg and cold coffee.

Decent. A very drinkable Fettercairn with a gentle, modern sherry influence. Another proof that they’re working hard to improve the fame of this distillery, even though it’s certainly not an absolute must-have either. Arriving across Europe as we speak and extending to travel retail and Asian markets into 2022. Already available from Master of Malt and a bit cheaper from The Whisky Exchange.