Fettercairn 12-year-old

Overall rating
81.11/100
votes
285
Whiskybase ID
WB116871
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
American Oak Ex-Bourbon Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8206
Barcode
5013967013957
Added on
30 aug 2018 7:28 pm by whisky313
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 47.75

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Whisky reviews for Fettercairn 12-year-old

43 users have left 43 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 81.11 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. mr_braun scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81
      84

  4. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This malt has very little to offer. The basic brandy doesn't exactly look clean and the barrels used have certainly seen better days. The smell is still the most pleasant, but overall the whisky is pretty interchangeable and about as exciting as the unicorn on the label.
    • Nose
      Sugared pear chunks from a can, dried lemon towelette, caramel resonates, slightly dirty barley, slightly alcoholic in appearance, a sprinkling of black pepper on cooked celery, there is a strange gummy note hiding in the background, on deep inhalation it evokes associations of immature and vigorously spritzed Tangerines, oak is almost completely absent, a small hint of vanilla and some dried apricots
    • Taste
      A sugary start with the canned pears, very light orange peel, quite thin mouthfeel, the barley has dirty rubber gloves on, celery cooking water, a small alcoholic sting can be noticed again and again, but is mostly covered by caramel, floury apple, a strange note of vanilla yoghurt is also present , solid oak, degassed black pepper
    • Finish
      Quite short and very soft, caramel as the main component, hardly any malt, very little boring oak with a rather bland bitter note and just a little vanilla, a little sandy pear, an aftertaste like a sucked out chewing gum

  5. Ben Bruikman scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    In 2018 Fettercairn introduced a new line of whiskies. One of them was this twelve-year-old. The whisky is fully matured in bourbon casks. It ensures that the character of the distillery comes to the fore. A nice fruity dram with fine spiciness and a nice creamy sweetness. Richard Paterson, global whisky icon, is Fettercairn's master blender. known from the luxurious brand The Dalmore. The color can be called full gold
    • Nose
      In the nose you can smell different scents from tropical fruit to spicy ginger.
    • Taste
      You taste notes of nectarine and a creamy milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      The finish has notes of roasted coffee, which provide a perfect contrast. Very nice whisky for the money you pay.

  6. KeesD scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A wonderfully soft, very friendly and pleasant whisky, for a nice price.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Delicious nose, toffee, little vanilla, little honey.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Wonderfully soft with notes of toffee, honey and vanilla
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium long, with a toffee taste again

  7. Thatch scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Trifft nicht meinen Geschmack. Fruchtig ‚nose to tail‘ aber mehr kann ich ihm nicht abgewinnen. Zu simpel, zu eindimensional.

  8. YD84 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A nice fruity whisky which suffers from being bottled at low ABV. The nose shows a lot of promise, only to be let down by the palate and, particularly, the short finish.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  9. dapoinbua scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

  10. korelatio scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    Alcoholic, earthy, unpleasant

  11. Rody024 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Summer daily dram with lots of fruit and vanilla/toffee vibes. Nothing too fancy but just a fairly good dram to drink when you don't want to think too much about what you have to pour into your glass.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  12. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant entry level malt, nothing out of the ordinary - except for the slightly extravagant bottle, that is. Still reasonably priced below 40 EUR in '22 but falls short compared to the similar priced Glenlivet 12 Illicit Still/Licensed Dram @48% abv. Perhaps a good starter alternative for your next (beginners') tasting.

  13. Monstruo scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  14. chrisvdv scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    Tropical fruits, caramel, nectarine

  15. kikist scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Just okay casual drink, nothing more
    • Nose
      86 86
      fresh cuted tobacco, hay, little bit of narcissus flowers, apple pie
    • Taste
      72 72
      watery, soapy, bitter, almonds, orange
    • Finish
      70 70
      somehow sparkly bitteres, long lasting bitterness, little bit soapy

  16. MrDvorak scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 82pts – |80 – 82 (B-) → Okay| — No major flaws, worth tasting.

  17. Islaywolf scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Solid Malt!
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  18. LordIslay scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. MarcinCh scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
      Light sweetness. Fruity and floral aroma. Apples. Pears. Grasses. Some caramel underneath.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Plain. Enjoyable. Slightly sweet at first. After a while, a little more spice comes in. Black pepper. Floral and fruity aromas. Fresh apples. Rather green. With time, a bit of oak bitterness comes in, but very light.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Caramel. Fresh fruit. Fresh apples. Caramel again. It's not sharp. There is no spice. Light and fun. Medium-short.

  20. aw-home scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    With 46% that would be a great whisky, but only a good standard.
    • Nose
      Ripe pears with red apples, oranges, banana, vanilla, coconut, spices and oak aromas.
    • Taste
      Vanilla with ripe pears, red apples, coconut, spices and floral notes.
    • Finish
      Long with spices, pears, citrus, coconut, vanilla and peppery spiciness.

  21. manmathiou scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. blackmind1975 scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

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

  23. DistiLesha scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful golden sunny color. Classic bourbon whisky, very sweet and drinkable. The strong point is taste. The scent does not develop at all over time. No water required.
    N: 20 T: 21 F: 19 B: 20
    • Nose
      Beer with pearl barley and acetone, a bunch of different peppers, rotten orange peel, bananas and peanut butter (as in Bladnoch)
    • Taste
      Bittersweet and viscous, like sauternes, peppery, floral, degrades in the air to a woody-mountain ash story
    • Finish
      sweet wood

  24. hafssol scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Surprisingly round and complex taste for this small distillery basic expression. Very good balance between oak, vanilla and fruit (apricot, peach). Perfectly enjoyable and easy to drink dram, with its 40% abv, for a much reasonable price range.

  25. Dris scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

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

  26. Jolemann scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
      Oranges, fruit compote, malty
    • Taste
      81 81
      quite mild, mint, slightly alcoholic
    • Finish
      80 80
      very short

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. keba9591 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky 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.

  33. wisekyofcourse 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.

  34. djmaxliving scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Fettercairn 12 is a bottle of three diamentions, the first half has the boring sweet element and feels very generic made whisky. Once the bottle is 1/2 down, it completely changes and becomes interesting with the bourbon influence.

    Then after, about 3/4 down the old tried casks kicks in and makes the whisky on the mouth very bitter and oaky. I believe older stock than 12 years old is in the mix.

    Personally, I would buy this again or any other official bottle from Fetterciarn. How disappointing they have made this whisky, although not surprising considering what Jura and Dalmore are like, very generic and plain at best.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Sweet, honey, floral, red apples, ginger, vanilla, ginger biscuits, beacon and a smoke peat.
    • Taste
      77 77
      The first half of the bottle is completely forgettable, however, after getting toward 1/2 /1/3 the taste of more characterful and some decent complexity for a standard 12 expression.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Very intermixed on the finish, spicy, briny, pepper and medium to long finish.

  35. KayMeertens scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      Apricot, red apple, vanilla pudding. A pretty nice first fill-dominated nose.
    • Taste
      80 80
      More malty, more of a refill profile. Apple, almond and vanilla.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Almond, apple, vanilla and peach.

  36. Totoro scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Yeasty, fruity, saccharine, with a bit of a bite for 40%.

  37. Elmer_Fudd scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Nice summer whisky
    • Nose
      81 81
      Nectarines, milk chocolate, toffee, roasted coffee beans, very pleasant
    • Taste
      82 82
      Tropical fruit, lots of spices, vanilla and sweet
    • Finish
      81 81
      Short finish, sweet, again fruit and spices

  38. ctu scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant light and fruity malt.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Floral. Apple and pear. Virgin mojito, vanilla and lacquered wood.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Red apple, citruses, ginger and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium length, fruity, spicy.

  39. 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?

  40. Buecherwurm scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Nose: fruity, pear, floral, but unfortunately also blind to 40% and a bit thin
    Taste: sweet, round and harmonious, but again a bit thin
    Finish: not available would be too hard, but close to it
    Conclusion: delicious simple and uncomplicated, but also somewhat generic and easy to forget. Does not do anything wrong, but nothing really great.

  41. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      very nice fruity nose with a clear but elegant sherry influence - lots of orange and nice and sweet
    • Taste
      81 81
      flat, nutty, sweet - very spacy
    • Finish
      81 81
      short, thin, flat

  42. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/fettercairn/fettercairn-12-years/

    Nose: nicely fruity, with nectarine and tinned pineapple. Not too much vanilla. Hints of meadow flowers and mint. Behind this bright side there is also a hint of roasted nuts and a light meaty touch.
    Mouth: rather weak (unsurprisingly) but pleasantly rounded. Oranges, Panettone cake, candied ginger and vanilla custard again. Soft clove and herbs, now also a slightly rough oaky touch. A bit of creamy mocha too.
    Finish: on the short side, with toffee, mint and milk chocolate.

    Better than I expected, with a nice fruity character, even though the low ABV holds it back a little. Rather expensive coming from a distillery with little fame.

  43. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    I never did try a core range age-stated official bottling of Fettercairn. With the 12yo ‘1824’ edition [WB] long since gone, what better dram to have as a precursor to the 28yo than Whyte & Mackay’s new 12yo released in August 2018.

    N: Sherried/bready/porridge-y/raisin-y profile.

    T: Like a rough Dalmore, it’s really sweet and malty with a gooey biscuit-y heart. Thin too, 40% - grrr.

    F: A bitter turn with some bite. The thinness continues to be marked.

    C: Boy, does Paterson know about sweetness. Surprisingly tasty.

    Scores a C

    [The 28yo follows, currently unlisted on WB]
    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/09/06/relaunch-fettercairn/

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