Fettercairn 16-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
1st Release 2020
Stated Age
16 years old
Bourbon Casks, Finish in Sherry & Port Casks
46.4 % Vol.
700 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
L0124 14.24
Added on
20 May 2020 9:25 pm by Astrid

Average value

€ 129.99

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255 × member ratings

593 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Fettercairn 16-year-old

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.88 points

  1. hawk31 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I haven't had many Fettercairn yet, I was impartial and I'm thrilled. The barrel combination with the malt is a great success. Very good PLV for a 16y that is round, set and has a nice complexity

    Nose: Port wine barrel character with a nice chocolate, very full and intense with a light freshness but very set and pleasant. Deep chocolate aroma, cherries, overripe fruits, forest honey, caramel, leather, tobacco and the sherry make themselves felt. There is a lot to discover, the nose makes you want to taste. Very round, but also complex due to the many influences of the three barrels and the chocolate malt. The sherry barrel finally gains the upper hand although the port barrel was initially stronger.

    Flavor: smooth, distinct oak, dark malt, a little reminiscent of stout, caramel, dark chocolate, spices come out with stronger white pepper, cinnamon, currants. From the impression everything was very dark and set.

    Finish: Long, chocolatey finish as it should be, for me it actually looks a little older than the 16 years on the label. Again tobacco, sweetened espresso, the oak sticks to the cheeks, great!

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I got the sample because this bottle is now whirling up a lot of dust and someone wrote in the first notes that he would find it a pimped Fetterken Fior - mhh I had a Dram Fior and was very impressed with it - this one reminds me more of one Blend with grain (especially in the finish) the whisky is made up and has no clear flavors for me.
    I perceive a youth that suggests very worn barrels and where a rather wet barrel has been overlaid to hide it.
    I don't like it so much. I don't drink more than one dram.
    I can only explain the theater around the bottle with the generally extremely high price level of other quality standards and then the color.
    A bottle that will show the inflation point nicely. Old rabbits who still have great old fabric in their closets don't buy this one. And if you're new to your hobby - it's easier to get excited;)
    • Nose
      83 83
      fresh from the sample bottle into the glass - port wine aromas and overripe almost fermenting fruits, rum pot without the rum

      he had been standing in the bar with the lid on for an hour and the sticky fruit notes had subsided. There is a mineral waxy base note (chalk, stone flour, antique wax for furniture) with a little orange with a lot of oranges and citrus oil - fresh but also slightly pungent, which has nothing to do with alcoholic stinging. There is also a diffuse acidic port wine fruit - to me it looks like cheaper flavored fruit tea or cheap gummy bears.

      I perceive the chocolate note from the 1920s Blenders glass, as gentle as cocoa dust on a tiramisu, the orange flavors also look more delicious here and there is some tobacco and leather.

      I do not like the gummy bear note at all - it looks unclean, artificial, slightly fermented - not a pleasure for me - the mineral base note also does not quite suit my taste
      I would rate it better from the 1920s glass - only I can't drink from it.
    • Taste
      85 85
      the approach is very gentle - he does not like sips that are too small. First sweet, the fruitiness remains rather reserved. If I chew it, stone flour takes over, ground citrus drops have the upper hand, you could find ginger, for me that's more than enough citrus oil with a little white pepper.

      It is completely bipolar - the sherry and port wine influences whisper their aromas to me - while pepper, ginger, citrus oil and a certain alcoholic note when chewing on my tongue are very loud and intrusive.

      It reminds me on the palate of the entire aroma profile (except for the mineral one) very much of the Nomad Outland Whisky - only the Nomad is more tasty, more pleasing, has no bad notes and costs a third.
      They both have the same body - tasty but thin.
    • Finish
      86 86
      warms, burns minimal but is still in the frame because I chewed for a very long time and he could therefore accumulate a lot.
      Dark chocolate - more like baked cocoa, leather, light bitter walnut shell

      With the last sip and without having analyzed the last sip large, I had to subtract one more point. The alcohol had so numbed me at the beginning that I didn't notice the bitter chocolate in the finish - but it gets more with every sip - you have to like it.

  3. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    In the nose I immediately had the impression of a fresh sea breeze ... funny, but very pleasant. The aromas of the nose are confirmed in the mouth, the finish is long and pleasant. Overall not very complex, but very balanced and tasty. The whisky opens up clearly in the glass after a while.
    • Nose
      fresh, malt, milk chocolate, prunes, salt, dry old wood, some hairspray, nutmeg, some white pepper, figs, light honey, later weak notes of tobacco and leather
    • Taste
      sweet, strong, honey, becoming dry, slightly hot, plums, pepper, old kitchen cupboard, strong chocolate, very slightly bitter but not unpleasant, espresso, peppermint, a bit sticky on the palate, tobacco and leather slowly get through
    • Finish
      long, dry plums and old wood, tobacco

  4. Maltimex scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    For now, I would like to give my first impressions:

    My first impression is excellent: all three barrel types have left their mark and harmonize wonderfully with the fresh, fruity character of the distillery. Additions to follow ...
    • Nose
      90 90
      Custard, baked apple, also wonderfully fruity - pleasantly full-bodied and matured
    • Taste
      89 89
      medium-strong, spicy approach; Blackberries, cinnamon, vanilla (pudding); turns into a pleasant spice note and at the same time gains in sweetness.
    • Finish
      89 89
      persistent, wonderfully spicy, cocoa beans and forest honey

  5. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Wayward whisky.
    At first it looks very restless, as if every barrel would like to show its side. Especially the port barrel dominates at the beginning. With a lot of time and a lot of air, the chocolate note from the malt actually comes through wonderfully.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Abadon05 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Sweet and tasty.
    You can feel the barrel influence of all three barrel types.
    Reminds me of Mon Cherie, meaning cherry and chocolate. Almost like a liqueur.
    In addition, wood, dark honey with a caramel crust a la creme brulee.
    I like him as a port fan, but it will polarize people. You love him or you don't like him.
    A bit of complexity is missing to get to 90+.
    The price is okay. 70 € for a 16 year old whisky, you have to do it first. I've seen 12 year olds or NAS whiskys with over € 100.

  7. riegerjonas scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Moss, sour, sherry, raisins, marzipan
    • Taste
      85 85
      tasty, caramel, bananas, chocolate
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    An nice showing by Fettercairn, this 16-year-old displays an intriguing balance between all three cask types.
    • Nose
      Slightly chalky with soft jammy fruits. Plums and blueberries with in the background gentle baking spices. Notes of (slightly burned) caramel syrup too, but also charred orange peel and toffee. Finally some soy and a lovely dunnage quality of damp oak, mould and sherry.
    • Taste
      Sweet, oily and spicy. Touches of chocolate, tobacco and nutmeg, as well as cinnamon and cracked black pepper corns. Whiffs of strong coffee and maple syrup too.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices and dark chocolate. Medium in length.

  9. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    blind Taste
    • Nose
      89 89
      Got a ginger note right there and tap the Fettercairn. Light fruits, relatively mild, alcohol only subtly in the background, cereals, raisins, sometimes a nice change to the blatant sherry bombs - a very light muff note gives it even more complexity.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oh, the alcohol is a bit more noticeable here, tastes like the nose, no surprise here, a little sweeter in the start.
      Then it gets a bit bitter, banana is still there at the end.
      Not boring this part.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is also good and not too short.

  10. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    smooth, round, tasty, tasty.
    • Nose
      Port wine, very ripe blueberries / blackberries, Feuerzangenbowle, raisins, crushed vanilla pods
    • Taste
      supple, sugared wild berries with cinnamon, a hint of white pepper, cocoa, sherry, subtle oak notes without bitterness.
    • Finish
      Cocoa, dark honey notes, port wine, subtle oak, a little cherry stone aroma, medium length.


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