• Fettercairn 10 Yr. Distiller's Art Bottling Single Malt Scotch

Distilled: June 2008 The nose shows vanilla beans, snickerdoodle, orange zest, fresh grains, and a slight floral note. The palate is rich and round with nectarine, white fudge, light ash and smoke, and some pepper and citrus notes on the finish. D&M Tasting Notes

The second oldest licensed distillery in Scotland: Fettercairn . Fettercairn the distillery, is located in Fettercairn the town, in rural Kilicardineshire, southeast of Speyside in the Eastern Highlands. The town and distillery sit in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains. As mentioned above it was the second oldest licensed distillery in Scotland. It got its start in 1824 when the local landowner Alexander Ramsay decided to take advantage of the Excise Act of 1923, which had the reduced taxes on running a legal distillery. He converted a corn mill over to a distillery, named it Nethermill and hoped to profit handsomely from his bold actions. It was not to be. Within six years of the distillery’s founding Sir Ramsay had lost his fortune and he was forced to sell his estate, including the distillery, to the Gladstone family. The Gladstones were absentee landlords at best and the family who had run the distillery from the start, the Durie family, ended up running the operation for two generations. In the 20th century Fettercairn went through the fairly predictable periods of being mothballed and shuffling between various companies, both foreign and domestic. In the 1960s the number of stills was expanded from two to four- the same number it has today. Now about those stills-- they have a highly unusual feature that we will get to in a minute. Today the distillery is owned by Whyte & MacKay (which themselves is owned by a Philippines-based company), though judging by the fact that the main website has “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet…” instead of copy and generic stand-in sizing squares, who knows what they are doing with the brand.

Now back to those stills. The first set or two of videos we looked at during our initial research showed that Fettercarin uses the highly singular method of running water down the neck of the spirits still itself to cool the spirit. Doing a little bit more research, it would appear that Fettercairn is the only distillery to use this method of cooling. The stated goal is to keep the heavier spirit in the pear shaped pot, while allowing the lighter spirit to rise through the condensing neck. The end result is a lighter spirit, in keeping with the distillery’s style. Outside of the atypical way of aiding reflux, the distillery is set up in a traditional manner.The floor maltings have not been done at the distillery since the 1960s, and the purchased malt arrives unpeated. The mash tuns are open-topped which produces a cloudy wort, and there are wooden washbacks before we get to those water-cooled stills. This may be far into the technical weeds for you, but between 1995 and 2009 the condensers were made of stainless steel. This contributed a nutty, pot ale character to the new make spirit as it came off the still. Now you know (whether you care or not.) Michael Kennel, D&M

Fettercairn 10 Yr. Distiller's Art Bottling Single Malt Scotch

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