Fettercairn 2003

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distillery Exclusive
Stated Age
12 years old
2nd Fill González Byass Vina AB Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
54.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Distillery Only
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Added on
12 oct 2015 7:13 pm by Malt Hans
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 120.00

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12 × member ratings

23 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Fettercairn 2003

3 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.30 points.

  1. Dramned! scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    On the nose very beautiful intense strawberry vanilla and fine oak notes, sharp onset, then fruity and tart, but overall less complex than expected. Also, the departure is unfortunately only relatively short.

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  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N: I had tried this before [at the distillery], but didn’t get it blind. Smelling blind or otherwise, this is a confusing nose. Initially it smells like,... a grain, a buttery grain. Oh wait, is it sherry? - Madeira, or maybe it’s a port pipe or Springbank’s burgundy cask? Wait, is this Rampur? Puh, let's start over. I get rubbery and fruity notes in equal measure with a slightly toasted and burnt note. There’s a little [Clynelish] funk with a touch of rotting, over cooked, [crinkled] cabbage with sherry moving to chocolate. I'm guessing abv wise it’s up in the high 40's. Later it becomes really caramel-y whilst the nose overall improves significantly over time. Notes now of ginger, white-tac and a touch of peat even amongst other weird & wonderful notes of complexity.

    T: A fine, pokey and peppery attack with notes of rubbery peat before the sherry cuts. Things sort themselves out as it’s on the move. Caramel raisins lead to lots of chocolate before moving towards caramel and caramac - you get the picture. There’s a good, long travel here alongside a smooth, waxy mouthfeel. There’s a favourable wood energy, well balanced, present yet just so. Then there’s the sweet medicinal liqueur note that grows and grows.

    F: The finish is a long time in the making but once it comes it’s purely Amontillado on the finish. That [2nd Fill] González Byass Vina AB Sherry Butt unfortunately monopolises the finish but to it’s credit, it’s served the spirit rather well up to this point.

    C: Dalmorisation waves it’s magic wand and delivers, providing an unusual whisky from an unusual single cask. I thought some were too quick to dismiss it on the night but it’s one that gets better and better if you allow it. In fact i dismissed it somewhat first time round. For those looking for something a little different, look no further - an excellent single cask Fettercairn.

    Scores a B[-]

    Round two, although it’s really round three for me:
    N: Ha, this really is rather outrageous with a thick creamy, sherried funk, cinnamon & ground ginger, eggy & raisiny bread & butter pudding and Advocaat - with none of the sulphurs being undesirable mind.
    T: A moorish, rubbery chewy on sweetish sherry.
    F: It’s quite peppery but the highlight is the caramac, caramel, chocolate, white chocolate - specifically Wispa/praline. Amontillado sherry, straight up at the end.
    C: I dig this again and again and again. Fabulous, odd and youthful Fettercairn.

    Scores a B

  4. Dramned! scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N: Buttery macadamia nuttiness & elderflower
    T: Figs at first,. The sherry doesn’t kick in till later. More macadamia nuttiness and then more fig,.. rolls
    F: ….. lingering oloroso.
    C: The finish reveals all, that the sherry is disguising the burnt burn - but until then its fine, really fine.

    Scores a C+

  6. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Really liked it during the tasting at Fettercairn. Needed to buy a full bottle, even if the price of 100GBP is quiet high.

  7. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88


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