A Unicorn For Christmas?
This Whyte and Mackay owned distillery is typically a choice malt for blenders, rather than single malt, but I've said it before and I'll say it again - it is these otherwise unknown whiskies that make for perfect gift. Who doesn't love to have something completely new open their eyes? For a long time on either side of the production of this whisky, Fettercairn used stainless steel condensers. The resulting low copper contact has made for a rich and heavy style of malt. Perfect for wintertime drinking.
Really there is only one disappointing thing about this independent cask of Fettercairn. It doesn't come adorned with the unicorn that is the official logo of the distillery and that's a shame. Everything else is pretty much perfect. It's sweet and malty, has a rich and full body and the sweet balance and grace off a refilled hogshead. There is some earthy intrigue, a lot of nutty goodness - like fresh cashews, lightly roasted almonds, and oily filberts and macadamias. Couple that with sweet vanilla and fluffy brioche buns and it's a glorious dram. A particularly honeyed finish comes out with more intensity with a little water to soften the otherwise quite accessible 56.9% proof.