From the moment Fettercairn was relaunched in 2018, things have really only gone uphill for the brand. The relatively new core range is increasingly finding its way to a larger audience and so Fettercairn can also expand this range with new bottles. The latest addition is the Fettercairn Warehouse 2 and that’s the one I’ll be reviewing today and also the 12-year-old.
Warehouse 2 Batch no. 001 is the first in a series of small-batch single malts to be drawn from the distillery’s 14 dunnage warehouses. Each release will represent and be named after one of these warehouses. For example, the casks used to create this Fettercairn come from, you guessed it, warehouse no.2.
This first release in the new series has matured in both American and European oak casks which were all filled in 2010, including unseasoned casks and sherry seasoned butts from Vasyma, sherry casks from Tevasa, ex-bourbon casks and Port Pipes. That’s quite a mix of different types of casks, so I’m very curious how that turned out.
This Fettercairn is bottled at 49.7% ABV.
Fettercairn Warehouse 2 tasting notes:
Nose: pears, acacia honey and oats. Vanilla too. Quickly followed by apricots and fresh oranges. A hint of Earl Grey tea. Caramel fudge and cinnamon.
Taste: acacia honey again. Sweet raisins and vanilla. Followed by a hint of oranges. Red apples. Early Grey tea and a touch of maple syrup too. Some lovely spices, such as black pepper, cinnamon and a touch of ginger.
Finish: rather long with the same spices as on the palate, honey and raisins.
A very pleasant and easy-going dram, if that makes sense. All the different casks work really well together, it’s very well balanced and it has the Fettercairn character all over it. A great addition to the range!
Sample provided by Fettercairn.