Fettercairn 16-year-old

Overall rating
86.89/100
votes
317
Whiskybase ID
WB158694
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
1st Release 2020
Bottled
04.05.2020
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Casks, Finish in Sherry & Port Casks
Strength
46.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
L0124 14.24
Barcode
5013967016385
Added on
20 may 2020 9:25 pm by Astrid
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 199.99

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Whisky reviews for Fettercairn 16-year-old

54 users have left 56 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.89 points.

  1. bl0wb4ck scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Dark fruity and deep nose, port and sherry are dominant in taste, nuances of chocolate malt can only be picked up in the background. Nevertheless a really good malt, unfortunately not widely available today (2022).

  2. milkbonez scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    This whisky is slept on. The other releases are so-so but this one is truly quite good for sherry/port lovers. The chocolate malt comes into play here too. I am very high on this whisky but it is quite good. Regret not buying a second bottle at MSRP.

    This is an intense, chocolatey, long finish sort of whisky and I'm down for it!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Loads of different chocolates. Coffee, mocha covered milk and regular chocolate. Caramel, raspberry, more intense than cocoa powder chocolate note here. Really great nose. Some red fruit too but it's woven in all nicely.
    • Taste
      91 91
      This palate matches the nose and then some. Cinnamon, nutmeg, boiled berry reduction, very punchy red fruit. Mocha/Chocolate coffee, too. It has a unique thing going on.
    • Finish
      91 91
      This is where I guess I'll be called crazy but the finish is intense and lasts quite a long time. Dark fruits and the mocha note with coffee is still there and lingers literally minutes after a sip. The baking spices don't leave the sides of my mouth and tongue. Super chocolatey too. Creamy and the good kind of astringent with the wood. Love it.

  3. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Odor: medium to full bouquet, sweetish dark base tone, tobacco, caramel, nice balance, fine liquorice note, oily, dense, leather, cola

    Taste: Dark, sweetish undertone, caramelized and roasted nuts, dark chocolate, warming alcohol, liquorice, wood present, more coffee, vanilla, medium-flavoured. Reverberation, again (sweet) spicy wood and slightly drying

    Colour: copper tone, medium water's edge, clear

    Conclusion: A real bargain at the issue price - let's hope that the subsequent releases will deliver similarly...

  4. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    with water: citrus fruits, oranges, more spices appear and also lose some of the sweetness, and subtle wood smoke appears. Definitely try it with water!

    Conclusion: Yes, this is a modern, designer whisky. But this one is really well put together, even if the nose is a bit too sweet for me, this is a really great drop
    • Nose
      87 87
      red wine gum, nutty, raisins, vanilla, cocoa, red cherries, cinnamon, ripe fruit, candied ginger, soft and creamy G: full mouthfeel, nutty, slightly red fruit, not so sweet, raisins, good wood spice, some sweet ginger
    • Taste
      88 88
      full mouthfeel, nutty, slightly red fruit, not so sweet, raisins, good spicy oak, some sweet ginger
    • Finish
      88 88
      velvety, medium length, walnut, raisins, wax, well balanced wood notes

  5. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Round port/sherry whisky that is fun.
    • Nose
      88 88
      First something maritime, fresh. Then the sherry aromas come through. Forest honey, dark chocolate, nougat. Ripe plums, dark cherries, toffee. Sweet pipe tobacco. old leather Nuts. Very round.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The nose is reflected on the palate. Again some maritime freshness. And distinct lemon. Pleases!
    • Finish
      88 88
      cocoa and espresso. Roasted aromas, dark chocolate. Light oak spice. Relatively long.

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    24.03.2022, blind
    • Nose
      Dried fruit, wild berry jam, a bit of chocolate, a bit of cinnamon, a little bit of acid from the berries, a bit of wood
    • Taste
      Forest berry jam, dried fruit, plum jam, redcurrant, grapefruit, wood

  8. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    Pleasant, exciting, interplay between tart and sweet.
    • Nose
      Sherry, toffee, minimal dry herbs, hazelnuts, somewhat tart and pithy, dark chocolate with grapes. Apple later?
    • Taste
      Sweet, lovely to start with, raisins. A bit tart on the tongue over time, sparkling oak.
    • Finish
      Medium length, first sweet, then the oak announces itself again, then sweet again, slight bitterness from grape seeds.

  9. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice interplay of sweet and tart
    • Nose
      First sherry, but also toffee, milk chocolate, hazelnut, acidity as if a wine barrel could have been involved, grapes, raisins, subtle herbal spice at the back
    • Taste
      Raisins, grapes, wine gum, then the oak seasoning takes over and it becomes more and more tart, the nutty flavor is delicious if you keep it in your mouth for a long time

  10. MartinSchmartin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    The nose is very, very tasty. The rest is good. For the current price (120-130 €) this is too expensive for me, a shame, I would like to drink more of it!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. ThorstenH scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It exudes age. Some wood, some must, a little fruit, few traces of the barrel.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  14. glenrob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. besar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  16. Astrid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Usually looks very ripe, whereby the finishes are more dominant than the bourbon barrel storage. I have to mention that the sherry and port influence only come across half as fake as the modern wet barrel clubs. Unfortunately, there are also annoying elements at halftime, which tarnish the overall impression a bit.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Vanilla, port and sherry alternate, rich in raisins and other dried fruits such as plum or apricot, caramel, gently spicy oak with cinnamon, slightly salty beeswax, sponge cake with cherries, pear, hazelnut and marzipan, mocha notes and fine cocoa powder, a touch of orange
    • Taste
      87 87
      soft and waxy, honey and an impressive combination of vanilla and oak, sherry aromas, orange, dark chocolate and mocha, clove and cinnamon, barley malt and bread spices, port and prunes, in the further course the alcohol does not work optimally, tart leather notes, ginger, tobacco , Caramel, apple, blueberry
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sticky prunes and cherries, oak and clove dust, barley malt, cinnamon, mocha, walnuts and a bit of forest honey, tobacco, unfortunately with unsuitable bitterness, leather, and on the back you get delicious vanilla and port

  17. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/04/25/bottle-polishing-spring-2021-part-3-4/

    Another malt I’ve reviewed in the nick of time, that is, with the last dram of the bottle. That’s normally an indicator that I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly.

    N: Straight in with a nutty [skin]~oily, squidgy malty, [soaked flower] floral = fruity [pineapple/lime] > slight copperyness, much of this whisky is about the vine-fruit cask influence, and yet, we’ve no obvious Patterson-isation here, no over-industrial syruped situation. It’s tasteful blending – less sherry bomb, more sherry involved – and with a slight fustiness that suggests there’s older juice in here than that 16-year age statement may indicate. That fustiness comes with walnuts – the bitter husky-yet-oily heart of – whilst Serge’s ‘plasticine’ and ‘ale’ observations are, as ever, significantly noteworthy.

    T: So very Fettercairn in character, what a wonderful strange brew this is. Whilst easily retaining its raisin-spirit-legacy roots, again, there’s plenty of maturity here. On the palate, we’ve soft-sharp-dry raisin-y > lemon juice-d beginnings with a slightly carob ~ > caramel middle, a pinch of salt,… Becoming wonderfully raisin-oily /> jammy and gathering a salivating pace, we’ve a little coppery~waxiness with a slight cracked pepper/oatcake-oakiness on the turn.

    F: Reminiscent of an old [W&M] blend, we’ve now just echoes of what has gone before, namely deep[-ish] waxy grape tannic oaky overtones. Limiting this one’s efficacy, it slips a little at the final furlong with a compromising dry grape gravy conclusion.

    C: Easily the best affordable core range Fettercairn I’ve come across, it’s a bottle I’ve been reaching for with regularity. I can see this expression becoming the calibrator for the distillery’s future output, [bar those irregular £50000 out-turns] the expression by which all other core range Fettercairn’s could be judged.

  18. Martin1965 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  19. The_Independent scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Perfumed, dark fruit compote meets spicy notes. Seems kind of attached to me.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Round but powerful start, dark fruit notes, chocolate. Bitter notes and somewhat astringent on the second sip. Quite tasty but a little unspectacular.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium long, spicy, chocolatey

  20. maltaholic scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    He has a nice sherry nose without killing you.
    It looks rather spicy, dry, ... with nice oak notes.
    I think of a freshly opened pickle jar, such an old mason jar with rubber.

    He is strong.
    Not really spicy,
    but not cute either.
    The sherry takes back
    the wood comes out.

    Again a bit dry and furry.
    Actually quite balanced.

    Well!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. riegerjonas scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    2020-10-25
    • Nose
      84 84
      Moss, sour, sherry, raisins, marzipan
    • Taste
      85 85
      tasty, caramel, bananas, chocolate
    • Finish
      85 85
      sweet

  22. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. Saftkenner scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A whisky that invites you to deal with it. I recommend warming it up properly by hand and giving it time in the glass. No whisky to offer to guests who want a digestif after dinner or a schnapps between the second and third beer.
    • Nose
      83 83
      He needs time in the glass and definitely also warmth. At around 18 ° C, I find the nose still rather unpleasant and it reminds me of fermented and rotten light fruit, together with vanilla and oak spice.
      With increasing warmth it becomes much more harmonious and the "missing notes" disappear completely.
      Now it becomes complex and we have gooseberries, plums, blackberries, herbs, honey, vanilla, malt, spicy oak, cherries, oranges.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Powerful start, slightly dry and not too sweet.
      Raisins, blackberries, rum pot, black currants, crumbled vanilla sticks, damp earth.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length. What remains is European oak, vanilla and blackberry syrup.

  24. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The nose is special. I have never had such a distinct dark chocolate and especially nut flavors in any malt. The pickled raisins also do the rest that I really like the smell of the Fettercairn. In terms of taste and finish, I notice a small drop towards the great nose. The chocolate and nuts are still present, but I miss the fruity nuances such as raisins and the dark fruits that I perceive in the smell. But that's whining on a high level. At the price announced at the time, the Fettercairn was a very good choice.
    • Nose
      89 89
      I would describe the color of the Fettercairn 16y as light amber. A thin, oily film with numerous legs is deposited on the edge of the glass. Very interesting nose! Immediately clearly appear raisins with dark roasted nuts that have been dipped in chocolate and nougat. Bourbon vanilla fits seamlessly into the fragrance arrangement. With more time in the glass, stewed plums follow, almost Powidl, and the familiar dark fruit aromas from the sherry barrels. After the first try, the chocolate and nuts become even more intense.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very creamy, almost buttery mouthfeel. You can't taste the raisins with the first sip. On the other hand, the dark chocolate with nuts and now also Christmas spices very clearly. On the fruit side there are now mostly berries.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The oak is noticeable in the finish, but not in terms of a clear bitterness, but rather through aromatic impressions such as chocolate and spices. Overall, the malt lingers on the palate for a rather medium length.

  25. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Definitely a modern style of scotch whisky. In addition to the Glenmorangie signet, it is the second whisky bottling known to me, which was mashed or distilled with a (higher) proportion of Chocolate Malt. In fact, both whiskys are similar: a very chocolaty base tone, together with an extraordinary floral note. The whole thing is good in the end, but somehow too powdery or pomady for me personally. Women, on the other hand, love this type of whisky. If the Fettercairn with an age specification (16 years) is still reasonably acceptable at around € 75, the Glenmorangie Signet shoots itself completely into nirvana at well over € 100. If you are into flowery, sweet whiskys, you can go to Fettercairn without hesitation and leave the Glenmorangie logo on the shelf.

  26. 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.

  27. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 852: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTw07h_gpzA (86/100).

    "Don't leave it lying around in your table with a cover on it for too long because it'll start to collapse a little bit, it'll start to regress to the original casks. ... It's the cask overcoat that's calling all the shots here."

  28. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fresh forest fruits, with mainly blueberries and plums. A hint of port. But also sultanas in the background. Maple syrup and milk chocolate. Cherries. Oranges too. Later also nutmeg appears.
    • Taste
      Blueberries and raisins. Honey and sweet cherries. A hint of cardboard. Which is followed by vanilla and a hint of oranges. Slightly oaky. Milk chocolate and spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon, a pinch of ginger.
    • Finish
      Mid-long, slightly drying but this seems to go away all of the sudden? A little bit of oak and with the same spices as can be found in the taste. Dark chocolate too.

  29. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. schengel10 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    For years there was only the FIOR, then not anymore!
    Now the "Unicorn-Distillery" is present again - a really really good 16 year old, not cheap, unfortunately "with dye", but still really well done ...
    • Nose
      ripe fruits (peach, cherries, raisins), sherry, caramel, sweetness, tobacco, oak;
    • Taste
      powerful, intensive approach, sweetness, honey, raisins, caramel, dark chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, tobacco, old oak;
    • Finish
      medium to long finish, tobacco; woody, dry oak;

  31. Odinson scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  32. Mapl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  33. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Cherries, strawberries, blackberries, some earth, dried fruits, nuts, honey, grain, a few grasses, some sweet herb candy, cinnamon, minimal wood
    • Taste
      Strawberries, cherries, cherry chewing gum, some herb candy without sugar, lime, grapefruit, nuts, some chocolate, some pepper

  34. Svarttt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The port barrel dominates the nose for me, it seems to have been quite fresh. Then there are rather dubious grain notes more towards grain. The bit of sharpness in the Munf doesn't bother me, it gives it a little kick. I wouldn't have guessed 16 years blindly. Drinkable, but I don't need a bottle of it
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  35. Derufus scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  36. Ninofdram scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  37. domani scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It definitely needs time in the glass, from my point of view the barrel combination is superimposed. It provides a certain amount of grain and I initially thought of a blend. I would not trust him blindly for 16 years because he has something out of round, young.
    A sample is enough for me, a large bottle would be too wine-heavy over time - 09/18/2020
    • Nose
      84 84
      Malty-sour note, orange, very tangy, reminds me of freshly squeezed orange juice, berries, blueberries, currants, the berries develop into an intense wine gum, some chocolate, typical port wine aromas mix in, over time tobacco and leather are added
    • Taste
      85 85
      At first soft, gentle and sweet, subtle aromas and spice, dry, peppery, surprisingly watery texture, port wine aromas, nectarines soaked in wine, the fruitiness only comes towards the end, plum compote, with the second sip it is a bit more aromatic and peppery, lovage, ginger
    • Finish
      86 86
      Lang

  38. Sporx scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Aroma at the beginning sulfur, for example acid, a lot of caramel, cherry, spicy wood, tobacco, somewhat meaty

    taste
    sweet, strong, chocolate, honey, becoming dry, plums, pepper, coffee.

    finish
    long, plums, wood spice, tobacco

  39. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Blind sample:

      Colour:
      Orange-gold

      Nose:
      At first it starts with a bitter and dry wood. Slightly sour dried fruit. I'll let it stand a little ...
      With a little time in the glass, the colleague opens more. It will definitely be creamier and sweeter. Slightly sugared raisins, some herbs and a hint of fermented berries. There's something else that reminds me of wood resin. The aromas are beautifully interwoven. It's hard to get them apart.
      With even longer standing, a light fruity aroma emerges from the background. In addition, a little apple cider vinegar and muesli.
    • Taste
      Spicy, slightly hot start. The alcohol is making a lot of noise. Go from barrel strength. You didn't even notice the alcohol in your nose. Metallic taste. Black tea. Behind it is some sweetened dried fruit and bitter almonds. This dry mouthfeel brings with it a subtle wine taste. With the second sip, the alcohol appears more and more "pure" and more youthful.
    • Finish
      Medium length. First a nice honey-heavy cutie. But it is immediately followed by a drought. The alcohol prevails properly. At the very end, it gets creamier again. Accompanied by a subtle bitter nut aroma.

  40. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    OK, that's not all that wrong, especially the finish is nice. But everything doesn't really look round either. I think, despite the oak, it looks quite young, too out of round and impetuous.

    (Blind tasting)
    • Nose
      heavy and sweet, orange liqueur, toffee, sherry, vinous aromas, port, very sweet on the verge of too much, but a nice sweet.
    • Taste
      Quite harsh in the mouth, hot, clear wine aromas, sweetish, but then a really strong tart oak note.
    • Finish
      bitter-sweet, the vinous note is everywhere, also a few nice dry fruits but also a bit tingling alcohol and above all a really strong shovel of bitterness from the wood.

  41. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    All in all a good malt - balanced and tasty if not overly complex. In the end, it seems a little interchangeable. Unfortunately, the price is a bit ambitious for what is offered.
    (Rating: o)
    • Nose
      85 85
      fruity; spicy; dark fruits; Cherries; some orange; Dried fruits, raisins; Plums; Caramel; Honey; Milk chocolate; Oak
    • Taste
      86 86
      gentle start; sweet and spicy; Plums; Dark chocolate; Espresso; some pepper; cinnamon
    • Finish
      86 86
      slightly malty; Dried fruit, dark chocolate; slightly bitter espresso notes; Oak seasoning; some tobacco

  42. Keek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      dark red berries, raisins, chocolate, vanilla sauce, orange, banana
    • Taste
      86 86
      full, red berries, peach, coffee; Orange, chocolate
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium length, sweet, spicy

  43. craide scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A decent malt for me. Good PLV but still interchangeable.
    • Nose
      85 85
      dark, full start, slightly alcoholic, but that evaporates quickly, rich aroma of ripe, dark fruits like raisins, plum jam, dates, cherries and plenty of chocolate, with some fresh wood, rather moist forest floor, light honey sweetness, rather somewhat spicy forest honey, subtle notes after tobacco comes through in the background, looks very harmonious and somehow round, but also interchangeable. the chocolate and dark fruit notes predominate here for me.
    • Taste
      85 85
      slightly oily, creamy, soft beginning, comes with a little watery before the oak spice, slightly tingly hot, hits. Malt with a little caramel, again more dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. a few spices show up, pepper, cinnamon
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-length starter, chocolate, slightly bitter after espresso with a nice malty oak flavor, it leaves a slightly sweet mouthfeel

  44. 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.
    Polarized!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  45. 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.

  46. besar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  47. Fetterkern scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    Nose: red wine (maybe also rancio cognac), oat biscuit - 78 points

    Flavor: soapy water, bitter melon, oats, dry red wine - 82 points

    Aftertaste dry bone oak, synthetic cherry aroma - 81 points

    Funny drink. Solid bourbon cask whisky with a slightly cask finish. Looks younger than 16 years. Because of the bitterness it was special, but not very special either.

  48. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    he is OK but not for me anymore
    I can't understand the hype after groping
    I don't notice the sherry
    Oak and bitter notes dominate me too much
    • Nose
      the alcohol tingles a little, red fruit (red apple), port influence, milk chocolate, vanilla and malt both become weaker over time, fermented fruit, red wine, light lemon comes, a note that I can not name, a slightly salty note
      later he becomes cute
    • Taste
      oily and soft on the palate
      dark caramel and malt, more spicy, minimal smoky notes, chocolate so 70%, again port influence, later light sherry, a beer note
      becomes very bitter and that covers everything
    • Finish
      medium long
      Oak, slightly bitter, spicy, dark notes, tart increase, espresso (strong roast), apple comes, light cocoa powder

      strongly astringent (to be noted on the gums)

  49. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Not a bad malt. I cannot fully understand the great fanfare around the malt. So I'm not sad that I don't have a bottle of it.
    • Nose
      On the nose berries like blueberries. Some rotten grapes. The fruits are sweet and sour. Unfortunately, they also have an artificial undertone and look fake. With a little time in the glass they look less artificial. In addition grain notes. Dry "sharp" wood. A certain freshness like citrus fruits. Additional tart notes such as tobacco and leather.
    • Taste
      At first relatively mild and sweet. Forest honey. Fruit tea with sugar candy. But then a noticeable tingling or a sharpness, which does not look so elegant. Then dark chocolate pudding and a dessert wine.
    • Finish
      The fruits fade away and become more acidic. Musty wood. Chocolate.

  50. 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.

  51. 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

  52. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    blind Taste
    • Nose
      89 89
      88.5
      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
      88.5
      The finish is also good and not too short.

  53. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.

  54. SeWuWhisky scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I am a big fan of Fiors. This malt goes one step further.
    Mouthfeel: Very pleasant and smooth, moderately difficult
    Smell: raisins / dried fruit, a hint of vanilla, light sweetness, sponge cake, oak,
    Flavor: dark chocolate, oak and tobacco, leather, dried fruit, light sweetness, fruity berries,
    Finish: chocolate, raisins, some oak and a slight sweetness in the interplay. Nice and long and harmonious
    Conclusion: A great malt with a perfect mouthfeel. Very good PLV of a complex malt, which certainly contains a few older barrels.

  55. 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!

  56. Maltimex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    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

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