Address : Fettercairn Distillery, Laurencekirk, Kinkardineshire, AB30 1YE
Telephone No : 01561 340205
Web Site : No
Visitors Centre : Yes
The Fettercairn Distillery opened for business in 1824, housed in a converted Mill. The clear water of the Burn of Cauldcots, which had previously powered the mill, now provided the main raw material for the whisky.
In 1829 the Fasque estate, (which owned the distillery), was sold to Sir John Gladstone, later 1st Baronet of Fasque (and father of six children including future Prime Minister, William Gladstone). He brought in professional management for the distillery and it was significantly expanded over the following 20 years. In 1966 the distillery was enlarged, with the number of stills doubled from two to four. In 1968 it was purchased by the owners of the Tomintoul Distillery, and in 1973 both Tomintoul and Fettercairn Distilleries were acquired by Whyte & Mackay Distillers Ltd.
Today the distillery's whisky is an important component in Whyte & Mackay's blended whisky.
Here are a selection of other whiskies produced at the Fettercairn Distillery:
Fettercairn 1824 12 Y/O 40%
1824 is a sweet, waxy honeyed whisky.
Nose: Aromatic, oily, beeswax, honey. Walnut and hazelnut. Barley.
Palate: Medium, oily, nutty. Spicy. Sweet honey. Crystallized stem ginger. Malty.
Finish: Medium. Winter spice. Cinnamon, ground ginger, walnut. Oak.
Old Fettercairn 10 Y/O 43% - Bot. 1980's
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Fettercairn Fior 42%
Fior means pure or true in Gaelic, and this no-age-statement bottling launched in summer 2010 is something of a rebirth for the much-maligned Fettercairn distillery.
Decribed by the producers as tasting of dark chocolate, coffee beans and peat smoke, with nutmeg, mint, citrus fruits and truffle. the finish is said to be of sherry trifle, marzipan and pineapple.
Fettercairn 24 Year Old 44%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky A very fancy packaging job for this limited expression of 24yo single malt from the Fettercairn distillery.
Fettercairn 30 Year Old 43% (1978)
This 1978 vintage has a strong Oloroso sherry influence, and the official tasting notes describe a plethora of fruity flavours including pineapple, grapefruit, cranberries, sweet mango and wild berries.