Fettercairn‘s Warehouse 2 series was generally well received, so this Batch #2 also flew off the shelves. Is there a bit of a Fettercairn hype these days? This 2009 vintage single malt matured in a combination of 29 first fill rye and first fill bourbon barrels, both sourced from the US.
Fettercairn Warehouse 2 (48,5%, OB 2021, Batch #2, 6000 btl.)
Nose: quite fruity and really vibrant. Apple, juicy pineapple, some banana. Lemon candy too. A bit of honey sweetness and light floral freshness. Hints of vanilla, mazipan and cinnamon.
Mouth: still a fresh and fruity core but now the oak spice is getting a little louder. Ginger cake, more cinnamon and aniseed. Candied orange peels. Malty biscuits and some (rye) cereal notes, even some cold sugared coffee towards the end. I’m missing some of the brighter tropical fruits that I got from other Fettercairns recently.
Finish: medium, slightly drying, with baking spice, dark syrup and sweet citrus.
A fine whisky, but with a heavy side to it that masks its innate fruitiness. I expected more after the really nice reviews for Batch #1 (which I couldn’t try). Still available here and there, from The Whisky Barrel for instance.