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