Fettercairn debuts 2022 16YO whiskyBy Alice Brooker
Whyte & Mackay has unveiled the 2022 limited edition bottling of its Fettercairn 16 Years Old single malt whisky.
This year marks the third limited release in the annual series, which was launched in 2020 and presents different maturation journeys of 16-year-old single malts.
Master whisky maker Gregg Glass said: “In creating this recipe, selecting these casks, I set out to further explore the boundaries of what we can achieve at Fettercairn in our quest for true distinction, whilst continuing to deliver on the tropical house character that defines Fettercairn.
“Once again, the result is a very special, one-off creation that will never be repeated.”
The 2022 iteration offers notes of exotic fruits, roasted coffee and syruped figs. The bottling has undergone maturation in a first-fill oloroso Sherry cask, followed by a first-fill Pedro Ximénez Sherry cask, and was then finished in an ex-Bourbon barrel.
Glass added: “The challenge was to fine tune the balance of cask influence that would deliver the unique profile I was looking for. A unique drinking experience, which, with accentuated flavour characteristics, define Fettercairn.”
The whisky clocks in at 46.4% ABV, and delivers notes of guava with patisserie spices, cocoa and vanilla.
The release will be available across Europe, including France, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium from July onwards, and will be extended to global travel retail (GTR) and Asia markets in 2023.
It will retail for RRP £72 (US$87.26), while the GTR edition can be bought in a one-litre bottle for RRP £82.50 (US$99.99).
In June this year, Whyte & Mackay unveiled the Fettercairn 200 Club, a partnership with farmers to supply Fettercairn Distillery with 100% of its own barley for whisky production.