1995 Fettercairn 17 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

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Fettercairn distillery has been around since 1824, when it was established by Sir Alexander Ramsay, and has enjoyed a tumultuous sales history since that time. It was sold in 1830 to Sir John Gladstone, turned over to his son John Roberts in 1890, who then bought out the other investors in 1912. The distillery was closed in 1926, but reopened in 1939 by new owners Associated Scottish Distillers. In 1971 it was purchased by the Tomintoul Distillery Co, which was subsequently bought out by Whyte & Mackay in 1973, who had nothing but mergers and buy outs over the next three decades. Today Fettercairn is owned by United Spirits, which is partially owned by Diageo, again leaving the distillery in a netherworld of confusion. Fettercairn is pretty much absent in the states because most of the whisky is used in bulk production for private UK businesses like Tesco and Asda, leaving the distillery little chance to showcase its potential as a single malt. This 1995 vintage barrel we found outside of Glasgow is simply charming with aromas of ripe fruit and flowers on the nose. The palate exudes a classic malty core of flavor with wood spices and rich vanilla on the finish. It's almost too easy to sip. This is a fantastic deal for mature, full-proof, well-made Highland single malt whisky. It's also a chance to learn more about a historic distillery completely lost in the shuffle of industry business and financial uncertainty. We jumped all over this. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2013 | Send Email
Recently we had a chance to taste a line-up of our Exclusive Malt bottlings and what a treat it was. One of my standouts was the Fettercairn. This was a beautifully heathery sweet style. If you like more Macallan character, give this a run. Great intensity and a long finish. Even at cask strength it barely needs a drop or two of water.

Staff Image By: Krista Johnson | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2013 | Send Email
Supple and smooth with notes of butter cream, floral heather, and lemon oil. Love it.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2013 | Send Email
I've got a soft spot for the ol' Fettercairn, I must admit. Their 1981 was one of the first very old whiskies I've ever tried six or so years ago, and it made an impression. The 1995 does not disappoint, with all of the intensity and personality I expect to find in this distinctive, unusal highland distillery. The maltiness, old wood aromas and flavors, hints of wild flower honey on an old woolen shirt...this is classic Highland single malt whisky and Fettercairn has got it in spades.

Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2013 | Send Email
I love getting to taste single malts that I don't have very much experience with. I can appreciate the whisky without any prejudice, or preconceived notions, I can simply take it for what it is, and not what it ought to be. I can honestly say I haven’t had a lot of Fettercairn in my life, and I am enjoying this one quite a bit. It tastes good, it’s delicious, and I am happy to be experiencing it. Soft flavors of vanilla and stone fruit are beautifully wrapped in supple oak and spice. Such a sleeper of a single malt, I will be drinking this all winter and getting to know it that much better.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2013 | Send Email
One of the best of this year's selection of single malts direct from Scotland. On the nose, intriguing notes of vanilla, honey, and orange creamsicle. But the real story here in on the palate. Soft, subtle texture, like falling into a featherbed in a 4 star hotel. Weightless, luxurious, pure pleasure.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2013 | Send Email
This is an interesting as well as delicious single malt. The Fattercairn 17 is lively with structure and layers of malt and earth like flavors. It is a single malt to drink and think about.

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2013 | Send Email
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This is a fantastic cask strength single malt for anyone looking for a smooth and elegant whisky. In no way lightweight, but incredibly smooth and gentle on the palate. This is one of those rare treats that will thrill a novice as much as a malt expert. The beautiful fruit quality of the whisky mingles with vanilla, flower petal and delicate spices. It's deceptively easy to sip for a cask strength, but give it a few drops of pure water to really bring out the nose. I should also point out the great value of this rare malt, it's definitely a 'no brainer' of a Single Malt.

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Alcohol Content (%): 56.1