Highland Scotch producer Fettercairn has released a new 16 Year Old Single Malt Whisky. The Whyte & Mackay-owned brand has decided to release the new single malt to fill a space in their lineup, which currently jumps from 12 years old to 28 and then onto 40 and 50.
The new Fettercairn 16 Years Old has been distilled with chocolate malted barley and matured in first fill American ex-bourbon casks, before being finessed in sherry and port casks for two more years.
Kirsteen Beeston, Head of International Malts at Whyte and Mackay, stated, “Since we launched the new-look Fettercairn 2 years ago, we’ve talked and listened to those across the full spectrum of the whisky community to understand what they think of our whiskies. These new releases are testament to the importance of this feedback. Beginning with this wonderful 16 Years Old, we share how we shape our approach to whisky making and the stories that define Fettercairn. We are confident that we are bringing single malts to market that will truly excite whisky drinkers and allow us to celebrate Fettercairn for the incredible single malt that it is.”
According to the distillery, Tasting Notes are as follows: On the nose, this single malt brings together vanilla and ginger with sun-kissed raisins and on the palate, it is the combination of succulent peach, ginger and caramel which gives way to banana, with chocolate and demerara sugar on the finish.
The Fettercairn 16 Years Old, bottled at 46.4% ABV, will be priced at £69, or about $90 USD.
Once the distillery sells out of the 16 Year Old, they plan on delivering another new expression of the whisky. What exactly that could be is still unknown.
Whyte & Mackay also own more famed Scotch producers The Dalmore and Jura, as well as several other non-single malt producing distilleries.