Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
American Oak Ex-Bourbon Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
30 Aug 2018 7:28 pm by whisky313

Average value

€ 49.94

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91 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Fettercairn 12-year-old

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.98 points

  1. lincolnimp did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I was in Waitrose (UK supermarket) and saw this 12 year for £55, how on earth does a distillery with few fans justify that sort of price tag for what appears to be a mundane offering like this?

  2. PaulDvorak scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Caramel and pretty nice. Of course, everything depends on the price. He is not worth his 40 euros, although I will not name him unpleasant.
    • Nose
      Wood chips, toffee caramel and toffee sweets, cookies, some honey and daisies, red apples, gingerbread muffins.
    • Taste
      A bit of sweetness and barely perceptible sourness, there is a tart bitterness, not bad. Orange zest and cookies, honey and spices.
    • Finish
      Grips, barely knits, warms, simple, homely and understandable. A piece of wood, malt notes, pastries and honey.

  3. craide scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Simple malt, what starts fresh and lively in the nose unfortunately dies on the palate. Unfortunately, with more time, the nose also slackens a little.
    • Nose
      83 83
      A fresh, floral start on the nose, wood chips, vanilla, grassy hay notes, somewhat pungent, with vanilla and shortbread, fruity of apple and pear. Slightly artificial sweetness such as chewing gum or gummy bears,
    • Taste
      80 80
      Soft, almost thin and boring start, a bit sweet, bitter, fruity like oranges and again butter biscuits. Slightly spicy heat. some oak, milk coffee
    • Finish
      81 81
      Short finish, woody with light spice, with malt, vanilla biscuits and still slightly sweet.

  4. Keek scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      sour apple, pear, orange zest, citrus fruits, banana, overripe kiwi, caramel
    • Taste
      82 82
      Honey, blood orange, grapefruit, bitter, oak, coffee and star anise
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. a12 scored this whisky 77 points Member Junior

    After the first couple of drams I was positively surprised but now the bottle is empty and I will not replace it for sure.

    In spite of its minimum % it really benefits from adding water. Within reasonable limits you don't need to be afraid of drowning it.
    • Nose
      Light nose with ethanol, orange- and lemon peel, caramel and synthetic rubber.

      After some time in the glass (same effect with water added) it improves when the caramel comes through more and the alcohol less. The rubber is still there though.
    • Taste
      Two dimensional interaction among lemons, caramel and oak. The taste is not bad but it disappears almost immediately and gets replaced by a neutral alcohol taste.

  6. keba9591 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Not bad, but far from a whisky that leaves me wanting more.
    • Nose
      Very sweet with notes of marzipan and bubblegum paving the way for apricot, caramel and vanilla custard. A touch of oak shavings, but very subtle.
    • Taste
      Fairly creamy and surprisingly spicy (clove and pepper), with a hint of breakfast cereal. A hint of bitter orange peel, as well as charred oak and vanilla. A touch of cappuccino.
    • Finish
      Slightly herbacious. The spices and bitterness leave an impression.

  8. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    OK, solid standard with a few "funky" notes.
    • Nose
      Fresh, grainy nose, vanilla, some light fruit, slightly smoky oak notes, some burnt, but also a slightly sourish yoghurt note. Unusual.
    • Taste
      In the mouth again a hint of yoghurt, fruit, slightly citrus, sparkling, some oak and dried apricots
    • Finish
      not so short, a bit herbaceous, and then a bad bitternote, towards the end something Kumquat or something.

  9. wisekycourse scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    nose on sweet spices, malt, almonds, some vanilla and cooked apple
    mouth more pleasant with a little stewed fruit (apple and nectarine), a bit bitter, dry wood and back of spices
    a little hazelnuts, a little fresh fruit and compote, vanilla and a chocolate trace.
    final simple and short on the same scents, drought and wood.

  10. djmaxliving scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Fettercairn, your traditional Highland style whisky with a Whyte Mackay hands on, touch ? They tried to coat it over with a smoove and bland style, they definitely succeed. I paid nearly £50.

    Why do WB remove good photos, for poor ones instead ?
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sweet, honey, floral, red apples, ginger, vanilla, ginger biscuits, beacon and a smoke peat.
    • Taste
      78 78
      40% Just kills it, spice, pepper & oily. Boring as hell.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Subsides into darkness ? Some Oak and spice.


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