Fettercairn 1976 SR

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Scotia Royale (SR)
Stated Age
35 years old
Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
50.6 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
28 apr 2019 9:44 am by Jackson05
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 250.00

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Whisky reviews for Fettercairn 1976 SR

3 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.60 points.

  1. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Can't thank Jackson05 enough for bringing this to my attention. I was able to find the last three bottles and bought them all. What a gem of a dram!!!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Extremely strong and pungent.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Old, thick with heavy fruits.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The finish is the weakest of the three. Fades away too quickly compered to what the nose and palate offer. Still a strong medium finish.

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  3. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2019] When it comes to Fettercairn I am very cautious, usually - because this distillery owns a profile that I do not like at ages below 25 years of maturation. This rare bottling is ten years above that threshold and it was described as "funky" to me. I like funky music, so let us see if I like funky drams too...

    ...and I do! This is certainly the best Fettercairn I had so far and despite it is not the easiest profile it is very enjoyable. This is an old-stylish malt with a fine complexity and depth and a few "funky" elements which provide some extra fun. Yes, I like funky drams too!
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers the typical sour-cheesy Fettercairn aroma first that I do not like in younger bottlings. But here it is much nicer, almost like a fine camembert or brie (I like both). By the way, I use a big spheric blender's glass to nose this old beauty. Next are wonderful old bottle flavours (aceton, nail varnish remover) which I adore because these notes indicate complex and great old drams. After some breathing the Fettercairn floral aromas enfold together with some delicious over-ripe fruits. All in perfect balance and without any off-note (the latter is very rare with Fettercairn). There are some heather honey and waxy impressions too, and the slightly cheesy aroma is completely gone now. This is a truly delicious old-style nose, I like it!
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is very sweet first on barley sugars, fruits and honeys but then the oak kicks in and adds some bitter-spicy impressions which together with strong and tasty waxy-oily flavours (paraffin, walnuts oil) help to create a balanced profile again. The nutty flavours grow stronger from layer to layer (almonds, walnuts, paranuts) as do the herbal impressions. This is very complex and interesting to explore, not an easy taste but very enjoyable once you adapted to this "funky" style - it is as if the flavours do a roller-coaster ride on your taste buds...
    • Finish
      92 92
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating with a minor drying touch (cold metals) that is not distracting. The finish is very long and turns more fruity-sugary sweet again like the first taste impression was. I like that! It slowly vanishes in several fading waves without any distracting moments despite the 35 years of maturation. Some water releases the nutty aromas in the nose too and turns the taste more into a vanilla pudding topped with different fruits. I like this dram both neat and somewhat reduced, the neat version is "funkier"...

  4. Jackson05 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Fettercairn 35 Year Old 50.2% (Scotia Royale) Bourbon Barrel 125 bottles.

    Scotia Royale was an Independent Bottler that is indirectly connected to Glen Scotia. It was owned by the Loch Lomond Group from 1994 -2014. In 2014 Loch Lomond Group sold to UK based private equity management firm Exponent, and then in 2019 sold again to Hillhouse Capital Management - a global investment management firm (based in Asia). We cannot be far away from Starbucks Single Malt. Or are we there already?

    “In the last five years Loch Lomond’s business has grown internationally, with overseas markets now representing 70% of the business, as opposed to less than 10% in 2014.” -scotchwhisky.com

    I am getting off topic.

    Scotia Royale only released about ~7 single casks right around 2012. This coincides with Glen Scotia releasing their official range with wrap around packaging featuring highland cows (disco cow bottles). So my best guess is that Scotia Royale was created to promote the return of an official Glen Scotia range. They went to the trouble of putting some of these into 750 ml bottles, so clearly targeting international markets (US). I am guessing again that the name Scotia Royale was used because it was already the name of an old dying blend in their portfolio. As for where these casks came from; I was told that these were purchased in market within a year to months of being bottled. The new owners in 2014 decided to focus on the brand, instead of bottling other casks. Besides that, Information is scarce, so if you can find more than I did, hats off to you.

    This Fettercairn is a ghost. Not a single word about it on the internet. Fettercairn has a weak reputation amongst enthusiasts, but 70’s distillate seems to be well regarded. Serge even refers to all 3 1970’s Old Fettercairn he has reviewed as “Clynelish-esque”, and rates them all 91 points. Plus it’s a Bourbon Barrel, and with a decent price the pros outweighed the cons, so I bought one. Curiosity got the best of me and I opened it right away...

    Nose: (92) Straight out of the bottle there is a sour/lactic note. Like a Belgian Lambic, or cider. It dissipates with time and you’re left with lots of old bottle flavours like, old waxes and polish, tapioca, honeycomb, sponge toffee, papaya, bruised mango, bruised red apples, yellow plums, old paint.

    Palate: (92) Full mouthfeel, bright, paraffin, honeysuckle, vanilla pudding, old lemons, lacquer, varnish, mirabelles, apples, all sorts of yellow and green fruits. Firm oak structure, but pleasantly so. You can’t be against this.

    Finish: (92) Very fruity like an old Tomatin, fairly long with exotic fruits, old lemon, kiwi, mango, guava, passion fruit, melons, honey, waxes, some more old paints, a sprig of mint. Some firm oak, but not even remotely over oaked. Lovely stuff.


    Thoughts: A rare score from me in that I like the nose, palate and finish all equally. They all are great and have their own charms. I’m not sure it’s the most accessible malt. But having had quite a lot of whisky over the years (this does not make me an expert, simply an enthusiast), it’s the uniqueness that stands out. There is no modern comparable. I have enjoyed pouring this blind to unsuspecting maltheads, because it’s really impossible to guess blind. This bottle has been open for a few months now and it just gets better and better. A little air time does some good. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s clynelish-esque, but some old waxes and melons are in there. Very fruity and very old school, a total dusty score. FETTERCAIRN!! Who would have thought.


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